A week ago Wednesday, Phil Simms said that if the Indianapolis Colts had the first overall pick in the draft that Peyton Manning wouldn't let them draft consensus (well, near consensus, thanks again to Simms, but we'll get back to that) best-player-in-the-draft Andrew Luck.
"There is no way if Peyton Manning is given a clean bill of health -- I'm going to go on that assumption -- that he is going to let them draft Andrew Luck. In this day and age, even with Peyton Manning, people would be crying, 'We've got to see Andrew Luck.'"
It struck me as a little odd, and I wondered if that was something Simms heard from Manning directly, or if Simms knew Manning so well that he felt comfortable speaking for him.
As it turns out, neither was the case, and Simms was just talking out of his Simmshole.
Peyton Manning had a little impromptu meeting with the media Thursday, and someone asked him about the Simms quote. Here's his response, via Philip B. Wilson at IndyStar.com:
"Yeah, I don't talk to Phil. Phil doesn't talk to me. He did text me after that, saying 'Hey, sorry to drag your name into this.' I wrote back, 'Phil I don't know what you're talking about.' He said, 'Well on my show, Inside the NFL, I made this statement.' I said, 'Phil, I hate to break it to you, but I don't watch your show, along with a lot of other people that I don't think watch that show.' Giving himself a little more credit than probably was merited."
So that issue's cleared up, and cleared in the most humiliating possible way for Phil Simms. Bless Peyton Manning's heart -- even while injured, he still finds a way to give the people what they want.
Also of note in Manning's mini media session Thursday was absolutely nothing. He doesn't have much of an update on his health, he takes things day-to-day, he doesn't know if there's a chance he'll play this year, he's behind Colts head coach Jim Caldwell, and he won't talk about Andrew Luck because it's not fair to the guys who are in the locker room trying to win.
As for Simms, he continues to be the football world's authority for all things Andrew Luck. He talked on Tuesday about how Luck might lack the ability to make all the throws that will be required of him in the NFL.
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