Chris Simms: A Tampa Bay fan’s perspective


As Tom posted last night, the Titans have reached an agreement with ex-Buc QB Chris Simms. Like Vince Young, Simms also hails from the University of Texas and will serve as the Titans’ #2 QB behind Kerry Collins while VY recovers from his knee injury.
Since I haven’t seen alot of Chris Simms during his NFL career, I decided to seek the opinion of someone who has followed Simms throughout his days as a Tampa Bay Buc.
Here is a brief scouting report on Simms by MVN’s Jamie Kiefer, a writer for Atop the Crow’s Nest.

Jamie writes:

Prior to his horrendous spleen injury, Chris Simms seemed well on his way to stardom in the NFL. In 2005, he led the Buccaneers to a playoff berth, during a season which saw him complete 61% of his passes, throwing for 2,035 yards and 10 touchdowns. It appeared that he was the future in Tampa. He quickly fell out of favor in 2006, having three unspectacular games before the injury. It was evident that his time in Tampa was up.
The Buccaneers run a West Coast type of offense, one that Simms has struggled with. He is a long-ball quarterback, which will be beneficial to the Titans offense. The Titans offense requires their quarterbacks to go down the field a lot, which has always been a strength of Simms. If Kerry Collins can’t get the job done, Chris Simms would be a reliable backup.

Judging by Jamie’s opinions, Simms seems to be a good fit for a Mike Heimerdinger offense that likes to take the occasional shot downfield. Chris’s experience as a starter for a playoff team doesn’t hurt, either.
On behalf of Total Titans, we extend a big thank you to Jamie for her insight on the Titans’ new signal-caller.


7 Responses to “Chris Simms: A Tampa Bay fan’s perspective”

  1. Eric Says:

    I will say that I’m glad to see we have someone backing up Young and Collins.Only having two quarterbacks should kind of worry a team.

  2. I.jason Says:

    This backs my original thoughts, which were that Simms is a long-term signing, probable replacement for KC next year, and possible non-panic stopgap if VY turns out not to be available next year, for whatever reason.

  3. Robert F. Ludwick Says:

    It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Titans keep Simms and cut Collins after this season. At this point, I think they need to keep Simms on the roster regardless of when Young comes back from injury.

  4. Dan D Says:

    Simms is a very good QB who got a raw deal in Tampa. He has one of the strongest arms in the leaugue, but has problem with batted balls. Gruden never changed his offense to suit Simms strength. For example during Simms years in TAMPA, there was NO shotgun! In was not until this year that Gruden put a shotgun in. Also, after his very good playoff year, Gruden placed him and then Gradowski behind the worst offensive line ever assembled. No QB can produce when you have 2 seconds to throw.
    I believe once Simms is given a chance on the TITANS, we will have a QB contraversy on our hands.

  5. bobcomu Says:

    I dont know if Simms will ever be the Titans full time starter. But I do strongly believe that some competition for the starting job would be a good thing.

  6. jrtitans Says:

    How does he affect the roster? I know Ingle is gone but wasnt he on the practice squad? Does VY go on the PUP list? Do they cut a player?
    What if VY decides to take a sabbatical? What are the contract ramifications?
    Also they brought in some new WRs? Any of them have any affiliation with Simms?
    Who is most likely going home in a few days?
    For a small market town –this is something. Two years ago we had the McNair lockout–then the pacman escapades and now this? Who would have thunk we would have this kind of drama?
    Finally, a big major problem every year–is the titans organization mismanaging their personnel dealings?
    What do you guys think?

  7. Drexel Perry Says:

    To sign Simms, the Titans released TE Dwayne Blakley. They also signed QB Preston Parsons to replace Ingle on the practice squad:
    Sure, it’s bothersome that some high profile Titans have found their way into the news for the wrong reasons.
    However, there’s alot of positive things going on that should overshadow the negative, such as Finnegan’s emergence, the dominance of Haynesworth and the rest of the defense, rookie-sensation Chris Johnson, etc.
    The Titans are a good young football team and hopefully as the weeks and months go by, the focus of the media will be on the potential of this up and coming squad.

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