Phil Simms returns to chat with The Scores Report

Feb 3, 2010; For Lauderdale, FL, USA; Phil Simms emcees the FedEx Ground & Air NFL Players of the Year press conference at the Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

Obviously we’re doing something right here at The Scores Report if a Super Bowl MVP quarterback is willing to chat with us two years in a row.

Over the past four years, Giants’ legend Phil Simms has worked with FedEX to promote their “Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week.”

What is it? Every week during the NFL season six finalists are chosen for the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week award. Three are nominated as the FedEx air player (so quarterbacks, obviously) and three are nominated as the FedEx ground player (so punters, obviously) online at At the end of the season, fans nominate three finalists for each category and then two players (one air and one ground) are chosen as the FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year. Last season, two worthy receipts in Drew Brees and Chris Johnson won the awards.

Why is it important? The winners of the awards will each receive a $2,000 donation in their name to a local Safe Kids coalition in the player’s areas. Over the years, FedEx has donated over $13 million to this program, which educates people on pedestrian safety – especially around schools and playgrounds.

Over the past two years, we’ve been fortunate enough to chat with Phil about his involvement in the program and what it means to him. He’s also been gracious enough to talk football with us and this year we got to pick his brain about whether or not Mark Sanchez is the Jets’ Achilles heel, what quarterback (Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers) he would select if he were starting a franchise tomorrow, and what his take is on the Brandon Jacobs situation in New York.

The video interview is below and to check out our first interview with Phil last year, click here.

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Brandon Jacobs wants Giants to trade him

August 16, 2010: New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (27) colliding with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the NFL preseason game between the New York Giants and the New York Jets at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Brandon Jacobs is following the handbook for disgruntled athletes to a “T” right now, as he’s already openly complained about his role in the Giants’ offense, made a public scene and will now ask the Giants to trade him.

With the way Jacobs has handled his demotion over the last couple of weeks, which includes a recent run-in with the media during a locker room interview session and throwing his helmet into the stands during last night’s loss to the Colts, the Giants probably wouldn’t mind if the two sides parted ways as well.

The problem is that Jacobs is only in the second year of a four-year, $25 million contract that the Giants gave him in February of 2009. He’s owed $3.65 million this year, $4.65 million next year and $4.9 million in 2012. He’s only 28, but it’s not like he’s a bargain right now – at least not how he’s a) acting and b) playing.

And that’s the bigger problem: his on-field play has been brutal over the past year and two weeks. He gained only 3.7 yards per carry last season and is gaining just 3.3 YPC in two games this year. Granted, he’s only had 16 carries, but he’s done little to nothing with those 16 carries that would convince a team to make a deal for him.

The Bills haven’t made it public, but they would probably be willing to trade Marshawn Lynch for a mid-round pick. Even with all of his baggage, why wouldn’t a team want to acquire him over a disgruntled Jacobs, who-oh-by-the-way is four years older than Lynch?

It appears as though Jacobs is stuck in his current situation for the foreseeable future.

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