Phil Simms believes Giants have best d-line in NFL
Several journalist types asked Phil Simms at Tuesday's CBS NFL luncheon about the Giants and the perception they are unlikely to be a threat to repeat as SB champs.
Simms told anyone who would listen that the Giants are legit. Here is what he said to me:
"Why wouldn't people think they'll [contend again]? It took them a while to figure out what the hell they were [last year]. Thats whats interesting about the NFL. I always say it takes until Week 4 or 5 to decide what youre going to do on offense, then what are you going to be as you get near the end of the season and the playoffs.
"The Giants did figure it out and did gel, but they are so terrific on both sides of the ball up front and thats not going to change. That plays well, always, in the NFL. The Giants played bad at times, the people behind [the lines] played bad, but they still were able to get in the playoffs.
"[Even without Michael Strahan] they're just a terrific, terrific pass-rushing team and I dont see that changing. The Super Bowl didnt surprise me. Not in terms of winning and losing, but as I said to many people Super Bowl week, when you looked at the Giants-New England game the last game of the year that game could have been 14-10 as easily as it was 38-35, because the Giants were a half inch from Tom Brady every play, every play!
"Tom Coughlin, Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Romeo Crennel, Jeff Fisher, I cant even name them all. They believe in up front. Thats how theyve built their organization. Tom Coughlin definitely believes in it and it shows."