CBS Sports made a bold move this offseason, hiring former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo as the lead analyst and moving Phil Simms to a studio analyst position.
But Simms seems to have taken the transition in stride, and discussed his relationship with Romo during his new SiriusXM radio show, “Simms and the Mad Dog” on Friday.
“We had some good conversations, a lot of fun,” Simms said. “Our relationship is very good and, really, everybody sees the game differently and you’ve just got to go with what you see.
“In other words, when you see a great run and a guy breaks 10 tackles, I see a great run, some people say, ‘bad tackling.’ So that’s how you kind of go about it. Everybody always has a different key to wins and losses about football games, and he’ll just do his and I think he’ll be fine.”
Romo will make his broadcasting debut alongside Jim Nantz in Sunday’s Raiders-Titans game in Nashville.
Asked if Romo could be talked back into playing again, especially if the Cowboys called him should something happen to Dak Prescott, Simms said: “Hey, look, getting football out of your system is a very tough thing.
“I worked one year when I was out [of the league] at ESPN. Bill Belichick called me and I went sprinting down to Cleveland and, you know, I would have signed a contract with them except they couldn’t put the contract in front of me. And I sat there and I said, ‘OK, this isn’t meant to be and I left there and went to NBC.
“You know, I even told Tony, I said, ‘Tony, it took me three years.’ I’d sit up there in the booth and go, ‘This is a great job, I love it but, man, I could be down there, not playing maybe after a year or so out, but I could be coaching and just be involved in the game more.’ And then as it goes along all of a sudden you go, Wow, this TV thing is great because you get to talk a lot of football and you just get to be around practice, all the coaches, and it kind of fulfills that need you have about the game of football.”