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Phil Simms: It will be hard for Tim Tebow to ever be an NFL starter

Things may have gone horribly for Tim Tebow during his time with the New York Jets thus far, but he is still a competitor. Tebow is only 25 years old and led the Denver Broncos to a postseason berth and a first-round playoff win last year. Make no mistake about it — he still wants to start.

After being given basically zero chance to prove himself in New York this past season, Tebow is sure to have trouble finding a team that is willing to bring him on board as a starting quarterback. During an appearance on “The Late Show” with David Letterman Monday night, Phil Simms wondered if Tebow will ever get another opportunity.

“It’s going to be hard for him to ever be a starter,” Simms said according to Eye on Football. “When you bring in Tim Tebow, you have to know what comes with him. If you have a starting quarterback, like the Jets did in Mark Sanchez, they’re worried about him and they’re paying him a lot of money. When you bring Tim Tebow in, it brings a lot more focus and his fan base, and it creates a controversy no matter what.”

Last month, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that it is a “virtual certainty” that Tebow will sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars if and when the Jets release him. Jags general manager David Caldwell said Tebow is not in the team’s plans, but it should be noted that NFL rules prohibit him from speaking about players who are under contract with other teams.

Even if Tebow is given another chance to start, it will likely be with a team like Jacksonville that has trouble selling tickets. There’s no denying that the former Florida Gator has an incredible following, which will always make him a draw to owners. At the moment, I doubt Tebow cares about the reasons why teams would be interested in his services. All he wants is another chance.

Phil Simms: Eli Manning not an elite quarterback

Just when you thought Eli Manning had ended the “elite quarterback” discussion by winning a second Super Bowl, analyst Phil Simms had to stir it back up again.

Simms, who played quarterback for the New York Giants from 1979-1993, said on CBS Sports Network’s “NFL Monday QB” that Manning is not elite.

“No, he is not one of the elites,” Simms said, via the New York Daily News. “Because when I hear the word elite, I’m thinking about guys that can make unbelievable plays on the field by themselves. There are very few quarterbacks in that category.

“I always bring up Aaron Rodgers. He is one of them,” said Simms. “So yes, Eli has been a tremendous team player. He has been MVP of the Super Bowl twice. I know that. But the way I look at it, the answer is no.”

The debate about Eli’s ranking among today’s quarterbacks raged last year when Manning said on a radio show that he considered himself one of the elites. We laughed at him at the time, but then he proved us and his other critics wrong with a spectacular season.

Hall of Fame quarterback and current CBS analyst Dan Fouts disagreed with Simms.

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Peyton Manning Rips Phil Simms for Andrew Luck Comment

Peyton Manning has never been one for trash talk. Much like fellow superstar quarterbacks Tom Brady and Drew Brees, Manning rarely ever responds to criticism or says anything that can be turned into a media headline.  It could be that Manning is cranky from having to miss every game this season because of a lingering neck injury, or it could be that Phil Simms’ comments about Peyton not allowing the Colts to draft Andrew Luck really, really pissed him off.

“I don’t talk to Phil,” Manning said according to the Indianapolis Star via Pro Football Talk.  “Phil doesn’t talk to me.  He did text me after that, saying ‘Hey, sorry to drag your name into this.’  I wrote back, ‘Phil I don’t know what you’re talking about.’  He said, ‘Well on my show, Inside the NFL, I made this statement.’  I said, ‘Phil, I hate to break it to you, but I don’t watch your show, along with a lot of other people that I don’t think watch that show.’  Giving himself a little more credit than probably was merited.”

That’s probably the most controversial thing we have ever heard Manning say.  Clearly those comments made by Simms got under his skin, and why shouldn’t they? Phil basically made it sound like Manning is a baby who would stamp his feet if the Colts tried to draft his replacement.  To assume that he would not want to be a mentor for a young quarterback with a ton of potential and would take the Brett Favre approach is completely unfair.

For the sake of Colts fans, Manning should let the front office and coaches do what they want in the upcoming draft. We wouldn’t want all those custom jerseys to go to waste now, would we?

Phil Simms: No Way Peyton Manning Would let Colts Draft Andrew Luck

The Indianapolis Colts reportedly would strongly consider drafting Andrew Luck if they have the opportunity. Shocker, I know, I’m also surprised to hear that they like talented players. Next thing you know we’ll be told they like winning, too. Anyway, that puts the Colts in an interesting position because if they drafted Luck, they would have him and future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.

Manning is recovering from multiple neck surgeries, but he was still one of the league’s best quarterbacks last season. Former Super Bowl MVP Phil Simms said on Inside the NFL that there’s no way Manning would allow the Colts to draft Luck.

“There is no way if Peyton Manning is given a clean bill of health — I’m going to go on that assumption — that he is going to let them draft Andrew Luck. There is no way, in my opinion, these two will be on the same team. And it’s not because Peyton doesn’t like him.

“In this day and age, even with Peyton Manning, people would be crying, ‘We’ve got to see Andrew Luck.’ ”

Simms also was critical of Luck’s ability to throw the ball, saying he was more impressed by Luck’s running ability.

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Phil Simms Supposedly Wanted to Hit Desmond Howard Over Criticism of Son

Former Giants Super Bowl-winning quarterback Phil Simms apparently got somewhat confrontational with fellow former NFL player, Desmond Howard this weekend. Both players are current TV analysts — Simms for CBS and Howard for ESPN. Simms saw Desmond at the NFL Xperience at the Super Bowl this week, and brought up an insult he heard Howard make on TV during the college football season. From Howard’s twitter via MK Rob:

“At NFL-Xperience and Phil Simms just threatened 2 hit me b/c I said his son was 1 of the worse QBs in the SEC. I told him “LET’S GO! … I am DEAD serious about the Phil Simms thing. We all thought he was joking, but he kept going and said he wanted 2 take a swing at me!! During the season we talked about the Tenn v LSU game and I said “u will see 3 of the worse QBs in the SEC” That’s what Phil did not like.”

Even though Phil is a former player who’s endured criticism and understands the role of playing an analyst on TV, he’s still a father, and that would make sense if he got defensive. He also must have a memory like LeBron to raise that issue with Des. When reached by phone, Matt said he was unaware of the incident. We’re awaiting word from Phil on the story.

UPDATE: Phil issued a statement through CBS via Richard Deitsch “”Desmond and I were having a private conversation that became heated. But at no time was there ever a chance of any physical confrontation, or that I felt the police officer assigned to me by the event planners for my appearance needed to separate the two of us.”

Simms’ wife, Diana, told LBS “that’s not normally like us,” regarding her husband’s actions. She also says she thinks her son Matt is proud of his father for defending him.

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