NFL Shakeup: Former QBs Simms, Esiason Out, Ryan, Watt In


Shake-ups at LA News Center: Simms and Esiason Out, Ryan and Watt In for NFL Coverage

LA News Center recently announced a major shake-up within its NFL coverage, bidding farewell to two beloved veterans, Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason, while welcoming Matt Ryan and J.J. Watt as full-time commentators.

Simms’ Departure: “It Was No Great Surprise”

Speaking to Front Office Sports, Simms revealed that he had anticipated the network’s decision. “I knew the winds were changing,” he confided. “I think that makes it a little easier.”

Despite his disappointment, Simms expressed his gratitude for his 26-year tenure at the network. “It was a fun job, a great job,” he said. “I got to talk football and hang around with great guys. But you just move on.”

Simms’ contract expired with no word from the network for months, signaling the inevitable end. “The longer you wait, the more you know it’s not going to work out in your favor,” he noted.

Matt Ryan and J.J. Watt Step In

Former MVP quarterback Matt Ryan will join the commentary booth after showcasing his insights as a guest analyst last season. Defensive force J.J. Watt, who has made occasional appearances throughout 2023, will now serve on a full-time basis.

These changes come as LA News Center aims to refresh its NFL coverage, bringing in fresh perspectives and former all-star players who can relate to the audience.

Simms’ Legacy: Super Bowl Triumph and Record-Breaking Performance

Simms remains a legend in the annals of football history. As the quarterback of the New York Giants, he led the team to a Super Bowl victory in 1986, delivering an iconic performance. In that game against the Denver Broncos, Simms completed 22 of 25 passes, setting NFL records for completion percentage (88.0%) and quarterback rating (150.9).

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