Last November, CBS and Bleacher Report NFL analyst Chris Simms said that Tom Brady was no longer a top-five quarterback.
Well, a few months later, Brady was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIX.
But if you think Simms is backing off his stance, you had better think again.
“I wasn’t wrong,” Simms said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “He’s still not a top-five quarterback in the NFL. He’s really awesome, don’t get me wrong. He’s one of the three greatest quarterbacks all-time. I take a lot of flak for this, and people don’t realize how much I actually love the guy. I have his autograph in my room on a helmet. That’s how much I really love Tom Brady. But to say he’s one of the five best quarterbacks in the NFL at this point in his career? No. I don’t think he should have won the MVP, either. That’s just the way I think about it. He had a really good game against a really good defense, but he threw like 35 five-yard passes the whole game. I think in my estimation, (Julian) Edelman should have been the MVP.”
Brady was 37-of-50 for 328 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions, while Edelman caught nine passes for 109 yards and the game-winning touchdown.
In any event, Simms, who was an assistant coach in New England in 2012, said that Brady and Bill Belichick pursued their fourth Super Bowl crown with laser-like intensity, especially after going a decade without hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
“They’re crazy altogether, and they’re not going to change when it starts back up here in April – because they’re going to want five just as bad,” Simms said. “That’s just the way they are. That’s what you learn up there. Coach Belichick is truly one of the smartest human beings I’ve ever been around in my life – and I really wasn’t even around him a whole lot that one year I was there. I was locked away in a closet most of the time doing all the dirty work.”
Simms, 34, said the Patriots are “extremely detailed” and the most “on the same page” organization in the NFL.
“The reason for their success is not luck,” Simms said. “It’s about Bill Belichick – and he’s the greatest coach in NFL history.”
Simms, who spent roughly 16 months with New England, thought the Deflategate controversy was ludicrous.
“I think that’s totally crazy to think that Bill Belichick would know anything about Deflategate,” Simms said. “Bill Belichick was the biggest rule follower I was ever around in my life. I mean, you couldn’t bet $5 on the Final Four in the building in Foxboro without a memo going out or an email saying that was against the collective bargaining agreement. So I think if that did happen – which we don’t know; it’s a lot of talk at this point – that would totally be a quarterback ball boy issue.
“I think Bill Belichick’s a prideful man,” Simms continued. “He’s a machine as far as his work ethic and what he does, and of course he wants to be portrayed in a nice light because I think he works hard to (get) the credit he does deserve for what he does.”
Simms added that the NFL is an extremely “hush-hush world,” and that even if Deflategate were real and people on staff knew about it, odds are they wouldn’t talk about it – especially if they were low on the totem pole. Instead, everything would just get swept under the rug.
“It’s almost a little bit like the armed forces to a degree,” Simms said. “When you’re just a grunt man, you’re just a grunt man. You sit there (and) observe. No one really wants to hear you talk or (hear) what you have to say about anything. You kind of just take your orders and go on. That’s really just the way of the NFL coaching world. It’s just a different world altogether when you get in the coaching circle of the NFL.”