Phil Simms headed to CBS studio spot on 'NFL Today'

Phil Simms headed to CBS studio spot on 'NFL Today'

Phil Simms headed to CBS studio spot on 'NFL Today'

Shortly before CBS made its Romo/Simms announcement, Gonzalez announced he was leaving the "NFL Today" - the network's pregame studio show - because of the strenuous travel involved (the future Hall of Famer lives in Los Angeles but the show is filmed in New York).

The longtime lead analyst for National Football League games on CBS, Simms also was part of two Super Bowl champion teams as a New York Giants quarterback.

Simms will join James Brown, Bill Cowher, Bart Scott and Boomer Esiason on the show. There was no immediate word on what role Simms, who was still under contract for multiple years, would have, but CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said at the time the two sides would work toward a resolution.

So CBS winds up with the A-team commentator they want and with Simms sliding into the vacant The NFL Today slot. "If I'm not going to be on the No. 1 game, this is a pretty good place to land".

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"I think Phil will be a terrific addition and it will elevate the show", McManus told Deitsch. You do one or two games a week, you can't really pay attention to the other teams like I wanted to do. He will replace Tony Gonzalez, who left the weekly show that airs Sundays earlier in the year because he didn't want to travel to NY from his home on the West Coast. "I think anyone who has seen Phil on Showtime will appreciate what a terrific studio analyst he is".

"This will be good for viewers".

"One of the things I like best, Phil has strong opinions, but he has a way of doing it in a very respectful way". "I told everyone over the years, man when that game is ready to start, I never felt I was not completely prepared, and I couldn't wait for them to turn the camera on".

"Yeah, the excitement of just being there, hearing the crowd, the prep and talking to the coaches and players who are such a part of it", he said.

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