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Phil Simms says he was not blindsided by CBS hiring Tony Romo

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Phil Simms may not have been pleased when he learned that CBS was hiring Tony Romo to replace him on the network’s top NFL broadcasting team, but the talk that he was “blindsided” by the move has apparently been a bit of an exaggeration.

Not long after Romo joined the CBS team, Simms’ son Chris said on his podcast that his father had no idea Romo was replacing him. In a brief interview with TMZ this week, Phil Simms said Chris was misinformed.

“I’m not gonna rehash the story. It’s all good,” Simms said. “I knew and I didn’t tell him, so that was probably my fault.”

CBS recently announced that Simms will move to a studio role on “The NFL Today” show. If Simms considers that a demotion, he is not saying so publicly.

“I’ve very happy with it, yes,” he told TMZ. “I get to sit next to Boomer Esiason, that’s a great thing right?

It’s tough to tell if Simms is being truthful about whether or not CBS kept him in the loop. Now that he is staying with the network, he doesn’t want to make his employer look bad. Chris Simms also hinted that he believed Jim Nantz played a role in having his father being forced out of the booth, but Simms recently downplayed that theory as well.

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