I don’t know if Ernie Sims realized what he said today, but if you’re a defensive player in the league and you start talking about putting Peyton Manning out of a game, the NFL league office’s ears perk up.
Sims didn’t say he was going to try to put Manning out of the game, but he made that comment while talking about what they needed to do to stop the talented signal caller and the Indy offense.
“Put pressure on Peyton Manning”, Sims said. “He’s the key to their offense. You put pressure on him, get him on the ground. Get him moving round in the pocket, get him nervous back there. EVEN BETTER PUT HIM OUT OF THE GAME. That will be our main goal. Put pressure on Peyton Manning and it will trickle down to their whole offense.”
There was time when Sims’ statement could be taken innocently, but nowadays a statement like that before a game which included a helmet to helmet hit could get the veteran linebacker in some major trouble. Those are some of the changes which have been made in the NFL.
In what I’ve seen of Sims he plays hard but he’s not dirty. He plays like a linebacker and will lay the hammer down on you, if the opening is there.
I’m sure Manning has no intentions of giving Sims the opportunity, but remember Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said told us when they traded for Sims, that he was “the shark in the water”.
– I just learned that Sims was fined by the league office $50,000 for a hit on Titans running back Chris Johnson.