Notorious Brady-hater Chris Simms slugged it out on Tuesday with the hosts of WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan Show, Boston’s popular morning program. Simms, Bleacher Report’s NFL Lead Analyst and former NFL quarterback, has historically been hard on Tom Brady in his analysis and his judgments regarding Deflategate. And in Boston, he’s not well-liked for it.
So it took guts to join Kirk Minihane and Gerry Callahan from Radio Row in Houston. Minihane is known as a tough interviewer, not one to pull punches, and Callahan is as acerbic and biting as they come. Simms knows this, he’s no dummy. He knew what he was stepping into. And, boy did he step into it.
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Hear the interview in full here.
With the first question Callahan wastes no time getting after Simms about Brady:
Callahan: My theory has always been there was something personal between you and Brady from when you were with the Patriots. (Simms was a Patriot assistant coach in 2012)
Simms: No, I promise you not. I love Brady from all aspects . . . remember the 2013 championship game, Broncos Patriots, right? After that game I went into the off-season and I [think to myself] ‘you know I’m not sure Tom Brady is one of the five-best quarterbacks anymore.’ . . . He was getting up there in age and really I didn’t think he played great football in ’12 or ’13, even ’11 . . . Now the last two years he’s shut me the hell up.
Minihane: So you’ve got him in the top-five now?
Simms: Without a doubt..
Minihane: Is the best quarterback on the planet, right now?
Simms: No . . . It’s number twelve up in Green Bay. (Aaron Rodgers)
Simms, knowing he’s walking on thin ice with the Rodgers comment, launches into a rant about his creds. He grew up with a silver football in his mouth (my words), he personally knew every great player in the eighties because of his father, he was a top recruit, played in the NFL, coached under Jon Gruden and Bill Belichick, etc., etc.
Minihane: So what doesn’t Brady do as well as Rodgers, now?
Simms: Aaron Rodgers has the best arm I’ve ever seen in the history of football. . . . He’s got the quickest release in the history of football, he’s got the strongest arm in the history of football, and he runs like Russell Wilson. I think Aaron Rodgers is the greatest quarterback of all time, just so you know where we stand there. . . . I know people out there think I’m a hater, but I’m really not. I study this stuff a lot . . . I sit in a room and watch film all day.
Callahan: I believe you do, but I still think there’s something personal, something happened.
The interview continues with the hosts trying to dig up some reason for the hatred of Brady.
Simms meanwhile drops these beauties:
“I’m probably the most qualified person on earth to talk about quarterbacks. It’s all I’ve ever been around – it’s all I study.”
“I think a lot of people forget in 2010, ’11, ’12, ’13 Brady was the worst downfield thrower of the football in the game.”
Simms gives Brady credit for changing his throwing motion to help his downfield throws, but Minihane won’t let go of the bone:
Minihane: I do still think something happened with the two of them.
Callahan: Did he tell you to go get his pads? . . . Tell you to “go get me an avocado shake” or something?
Simms: I promise you nothing happened. I just tried to be honest with it and then the New England Mafia got on me.
The New England Mafia? Where did that come from? I’ve heard of the Bills Mafia, but New England? No, that’s a new one.
And of course Simms is a Deflategate truther:
Minihane: But you also think Brady was guilty in Deflategate?
Simms: I do , yes . . . I’m so sick of talking about this (but talk about it he does). I think the biggest thing is if all the balls were at 12.5 (psi) before the game, ok, and then Murphy’s Law decided to take a little more air out of some footballs and a little less air out of some footballs – I don’t get that.
Murphy’s Law? Simms was, of course, referring to the Ideal Gas Law, but let’s not quibble about facts – that would shoot holes in Murphy’s Law. Or some law.
It was riveting radio. And if Simms was aiming to kick up some dust, get his name out there during the SB LI build-up, pick up a few more Twitter followers, then mission accomplished Phil Simms’ son, well-done.
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