Earlier I posted a story about the rivalry between the Denver Broncos Peyton Manning and the New England Patriots Tom Brady. Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS the Patriots (13-4) will travel to Denver to take on the Broncos (14-3) in the AFC Championship Game.
Let’s be honest this is the game the fans wanted to see from the first game of the 2014 season. Earlier this week I spoke to the men calling the game on CBS Jim Nantz his partner in the booth Phil Simms and for good messure the NFL Today’s Boomer Esiason. We talked why these two super star quarterbacks are the best of their generation. We also chatted about the Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s success.
SIMMS: We have two quarterbacks that are tough guys. Tom Brady, his attitude, staying on the field, the way he conducts himself with his football team mirrors his head coach. Peyton Manning, just to play the style of football he plays…Man, I get tired watching him and all the work. You’ve got to remember he does that every day in practice.
BOOMER: The fact really is three words: longevity, consistency and success…Both of these guys have kind of been going in parallel lives to one another and now find themselves in the AFC Championship game. For Tom Brady it’s his eighth game with Bill Belichick. Nothing says greatness better or more than winning, especially at the highest level. Great moments require great people to do great things, and both of these players have accomplished that. I think I speak for Phil and every other quarterback that’s ever played the position, maybe with the exception of Joe Montana, that what you’re watching here are two guys that will go down as two of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time.
On what makes Bill Belichick so successful?
SIMMS: The thing that makes Bill so successful is that, in my eyes, it is truthfulness to his players. He tells them the truth. And it is raw, and it hurts. You’ve got to get used to that. But once you get used to it, it clarifies everything for you. You don’t have to walk around in your job and go, ‘Oh, I wonder what Coach thinks of me or how am I doing?’ They let you know constantly. It is a rough way to play.
Simms and Esiason on Manning & Brady's place in history by James Williams