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Phil Simms insists he 'loves' his CBS demotion

Alex Reimer
September 07, 2017 - 4:08 pm

Disposed CBS commentator Phil Simms isn’t bitter about his prestigious NFL analyst gig to newcomer Tony Romo. Just ask him.

In an interview with Awful Announcing, Simms insists he’s pleased with his demotion. He’ll now host on the network’s “NFL Today” pregame show after serving as its No. 1 announce team along with heralded play-by-play man Jim Nantz.

“I love traveling less. It’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me in my life. So that’s one good thing,” Simms said. “I mean I took a trip about three weeks ago, I had to go visit some family in Kentucky, and I just went “oh my god, the security line.” The flight’s delayed. It was this, it was that. And I said, I’m not gonna have to do that 65 times this year.”

CBS’ ousting of Simms, who often struggled with forming coherent sentences in the booth, happened surreptitiously. Chris Simms, Phil’s son, said earlier this year the change blindsided his father. Phil Simms wasn’t alerted the network wanted to make a change, and was unaware a television novice was taking his place.

"I don't know if my dad would be happy with me saying this: You can't sit there as a normal person out there and look at this and say they handled it like professionals,” Chris Simms said. 

The elder Simms struck a different tone with Awful Announcing. In fact, he claims to “love” how everything played out.

“I had somebody come up to me the other day and go 'are you okay? Are you okay?' and I go and say, 'What are you talking about?' I mean, I was almost like 'shut up!' Write that down. Really? What are you talking about? I’m fine. If I wasn’t fine, I’d say so! Okay?”

OK.

“I’m fine. I love it. I love the fact that I’m gonna go on the show. I wish I could do an hour with no commercials with the guys, and we could really do what we could do. That would be awesome. But then I wouldn’t be getting paid.”

In case you were wondering, Simms hasn’t lost his keen observational eye. He said in the interview he thinks Matthew Stafford is a great quarterback, because he “knows greatness when he sees it.”

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