As good as the Patriots have been in the first two games of the season, Phil Simms says people won't begin judging them for at least four months.
"Sports has come down to 'What do you do during the playoffs? How do you play?'," the CBS analyst said Monday during an appearance on 'The Dan Patrick Show' "That's how you're judged almost entirely now."
When asked by Patrick if that's fair, Simms responded: "I'm not one of those guys. It's not like, 'Well, how many Super Bowl rings you've got?' and all that stuff. 'How many championships?' Pro football's a complicated game."
Regardless, he realizes it's now the standard . . . like it or not.
"Make no mistake about it, no matter what they do during the season . . . when it's over and the playoffs start, the whole conversation is going to change about the Patriots and Tom Brady. 'Well, they haven't done it the last three or four playoff games; what are they going to do this time?' And, you know, that's where it's going."
Watch a clip of the interview here.
Remember that Atlanta Falcons offensive game plan against the Patriots in the final five minutes of the Super Bowl?
Kyle Shanahan, then the Falcons offensive coordinator and now coach of the San Francisco 49ers won't forget it. If Atlanta had simply run the ball and kicked a field goal with an eight-point lead, the Falcons would have likely held off Tom Brady and the Pats' comeback from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit.
Shanahan told The Rich Eisen Show there's one play call he'd like to have back.
"The second-and-10 that we got sacked on,” Shanahan said. “I wish I had dialed up something differently. And then the next play, we called an option to [Mohamed] Sanu, we got right back in field goal range, but we had a holding call on the play and it knocked us out some more, and an incompletion on the next one.”
Click here for the play: Patriots defensive lineman Trey Flowers sacked Matt Ryan for a 12-yard loss.
"I go through every single play in the game, but when it comes down to it, the big one was the sack that we had on second-and-10,” Shanahan told Eisen.
Shanahan probably won't see the Patriots again this season, unless it's in the Super Bowl. And with the 49ers rebuilding under him, that's not likely to happen.
Not to be outdone by Boston legends Tom Brady and David Ortiz, as well as other Patriots, getting all dressed up and heading to the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined the horsey set on Saturday at the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Belichick's girlfriend Linda Holliday posted a picture on Instagram of the Patriots coach at the 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The race was won by 13-1 long shot Cloud Computing.
Nice suit, coach.