For the last couple of days, Ben McAdoo has received intense criticism for his postgame comments about Eli Manning, saying that the Giants lost to the Lions on Monday Night Football, in part, because of “sloppy quarterback play.”
Phil Simms, however, doesn’t think McAdoo did anything wrong.
“It didn’t even cross my mind that he was calling out Eli or trying to upstage him or whatever,” the NFL on CBS analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I guess I grew up in a different era where coaches – all my coaches at all levels – said things about me in front of the team and publicly to the papers. You just go, ‘Okay.’ You take it, and you move on. So it’s funny. I never thought that he was calling Eli out.”
Simms, 61, played for the Giants from 1979-93 and, like Manning, led the franchise to two Super Bowl titles. Still, he can’t imagine what would have happened if he took a delay of game on fourth-and-goal.
But it wouldn’t have been pretty.
“I think if I let the play clock run down on the 1-yard-line, I don’t know. I might have been sitting on the bench,” Simms said. “That’s just a mistake I can’t imagine (making). I don’t know if I ever had a delay of game in my whole career. I’m sure I did. But I just know what would have happened if I did in that situation. And I wouldn’t have taken offense to it, but Bill (Parcells) would have said, ‘Hey’ (and called me out). He taught me these things not to do. There are certain things in a game – (as) you both know – that you just can’t do. That’s one. But again, I didn’t think (McAdoo) offended Eli, and I don’t think Eli took it that way. I think it sends a great message to your team – I kind of look at it the other way – everybody’s got to be held accountable.”
That includes the quarterback. Even ones with multiple Super Bowl rings.
“Don’t players get sick of seeing the quarterback coddled?” Simms asked. “I don’t know. It’s a different world now. I have two sons that played in the NFL. I (asked), ‘How (were) the team meetings?’ (They said), ‘Oh no, we go into a separate room. The starting quarterback watches the film by himself with the coordinator or whoever.’ And I went, ‘What?’ It’s because they don’t want to be embarrassed, showed up, all those things.”
Simms couldn’t believe it.
“Look, I was taught many things by Bill, but one of them is you’re not going to be treated any differently,” Simms said. “I think all the players on the team, when they see the quarterback (get criticized), I think it serves a team well when you do that.”