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Phil Simms: ‘Even the Bill Belichick haters in the media have given up’

01.09.14 at 11:39 am ET
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CBS analysts Phil Simms and Dan Dierdorf talked about Saturday’s divisional playoff game between the Patriots and Colts on a conference call earlier this week:

Dierdorf on the Patriots: “I don’€™t know if Bill Belichick has done a better job of coaching. And I’€™m not sure I’€™ve seen a player, through strength of will, put his teammates on his back quite the way Tom Brady has done. If you love anything about a team sport, you can’€™t look at the Patriots without a great deal of admiration.”

Simms on the Patriots: “Even the Bill Belichick haters in the media have given up. Why would you bet against the Patriots? How much more information do we have to know? It’€™s been there for many, many years. It’€™s an incredible job, but I don’€™t think any of us are surprised.”

Dierdorf on the Patriots: “Are they the most talented team in this playoff tournament? Absolutely not. But I think Phil said it best, ‘€˜Would you bet against them?’€™ Well, only with your money.”

Simms on the importance of a quarterback in the postseason: “I say this about organizations. It’€™s not always just the quarterback. You have to build your organization to support him. Have a plan and make it work. We are seeing that with most of these teams that are still in the playoffs I give organizations and coaches a lot of credit, they build these guys. These big-armed quarterbacks, we saw it last year and we are already seeing it this year. It’€™s a big deal in the NFL and people overlook that and keep looking for all these magical things. ‘€˜Oh, he’€™s just got IT,’€™ and, ‘€˜He’€™s a winner.’€™ I’€™m looking for a big guy who can physically get it done. And we are seeing that in the NFL right now.”

Dierdorf on passing the torch to Andrew Luck if he outperforms Tom Brady: “Regardless of what happens this weekend I don’€™t know about the passing of the torch. Are we looking at a bright, young star in Andrew Luck? Let me just say this, I can’€™t imagine if you polled all 32 teams and said, ‘€˜You have to start your franchise today with a quarterback. Who would it be?’€™ I’€™m hard pressed to imagine that even one of those 32 teams would choose someone other than Andrew Luck. That’€™s taking into consideration Tom Brady‘€™s age and Peyton Manning‘€™s age. But I don’€™t think there’€™s any question that Andrew Luck is the guy. He is the man in terms of where the quarterback position is headed for the next decade or so.”

Simms on passing the torch to Andrew Luck if he outperforms Tom Brady: “At the quarterback position, if you are looking for Andrew Luck I wouldn’€™t wait up because there aren’€™t going to be many of those guys coming out. He’€™s a unique talent. I watch all of their games. He is the strongest. Now this is saying something in my eyes because there are some strong quarterbacks, he is the strongest quarterback in the NFL.”

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