Former NFL quarterback Chris Simms dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Thursday to discuss the Falcons and Patriots – Kyle Shanahan and Bill Belichick, in particular.
Belichick, 64, will coach in his seventh Super Bowl this Sunday, while Shanahan, 37, will coach in his first – and will accept his first head-coaching job after the game, as the 49ers are waiting in the wings for the offensive guru.
“Kyle Shanahan is made to be an NFL head coach,” Simms said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “It’s always been his dream, he understands it from top to bottom, and he got a guy that he trusts to make football evaluations in John Lynch. I played with John down in Tampa. I know John really well. He’s smart, he’s definitely up for the task, and they’re bringing the right guys in around John to set up the program of scouting and things that maybe John Lynch doesn’t know. But John Lynch knows football.”
So does Belichick. Simms, 36 was a coaching assistant in New England in 2012 and was blown away by the experience.
“It’s unbelievable,” Simms said. “I was fortunate to work up there for a little bit and see it and be a part of it. They’re on another level from the rest of the NFL. It’s just the way it is. I’m not trying to be a jerk. It’s just from my evaluation, being around other organizations, the organizations I played for. Bill Belichick is a brilliant man. He’s not just a good football coach. If Bill Belichick was on Wall Street, he’d be running Wall Street. I promise you. That’s how smart he is. It’s amazing what they’re doing. There’s no football team you can compare to the New England Patriots. We’re going on almost two decades of dominance. Seven Super Bowls, 11 AFC Championships – that’s ridiculous. They’re in the conversation to me with the ’90s Bulls, the ’50s Yankees, the ’60s Celtics. This is not just abut football anymore. This is an era in which one team dominated and the league tried to make it all even, but they can’t seem to make it even with this one team.”