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Phil Simms: Patriots ‘an amazing story’

12.12.13 at 4:04 pm ET
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CBS analyst Phil Simms will work the Patriots-Dolphins game this Sunday, and offered his take on the state of both teams Thursday.

On New England: “The amazing thing about the New England Patriots is that they basically had to reshape the team on the fly after losing both tight ends from last year, and of course Wes Welker. They have had injuries everywhere on the football team and here they are at 10-3. It shows you they always have a plan in place and ready to activate. It’€™s an amazing story in the NFL to continue to do what they have done. Now we are seeing Shane Vereen catching passes, so they continuously find ways to keep weapons around Tom Brady so he can still be a productive quarterback.”

On Miami: “Everyone always wants to know about their quarterback. We are getting to see Ryan Tannehill late in his second year and see the improvement in his play. He shows the difference on the field physically with his throws and how he plays the game. There is a little bit of an aura around him, which you always want for your quarterback.  You can tell he’€™s the man. I think he thinks he’€™s the man and it really shows. It’€™s a hard line to cross as a quarterback and a football team but they are getting close to it. These last three games will show us where they are. If they are able to make that first step and become a playoff team, then go from there.”

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