QB Chris Simms - Tennessee Titans
|6-4, 220||Born: 8-29-1980||College: Texas||Drafted: Round 3, pick|
2009 Week 10 vs WAS (3 / 13 / 13 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Simms came in the second half of the game but did not look very good in relief of Kyle Orton. He hadn't played in nearly three years, and the rust was very evident from the first pass he attempted. Playing with the lead Simms seemed rattled by the Redskins, who stacked the line to stop the run and put the heat on the quarterback. Even when he did have time to throw most of his passes were high and off target. The one interception he threw was in the end zone and it was intended for Brandon Marshall. The play was there for Marshall to run a fade stop in the end zone. The play would have worked had Simms not thrown the ball into the middle of the end zone - at least 5-yards away from Marshall - where it was easily picked off by DeAngelo Hall. A backup quarterback should be mentally prepared because he can enter the game at any time. It looked like Simms was lost out on the field, and he didn't grasp the defensive looks the Redskins were showing.
2009 Week 11 vs SD (2 / 4 / 10 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Simms led Denver deep into San Diego territory on Denver's opening possession. And by "led", that means he handed off to Knowshon Moreno over and over again. On the first play that Simms actually dropped back to pass the ball, he was hit in the backfield and fumbled, which changed the entire complexion of the game. San Diego got repeated pressure on him, and he seemed thoroughly incapable of moving the ball downfield with the passing game whatsoever. After starting off just 2-4 for ten yards, he was subsequently replaced by Kyle Orton. Orton did not fare much better, leading Denver to just three points in the contest.
2009 Week 13 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -4 / 0 rush)
With six minutes left in the game the Broncos took Kyle Orton out, and inserted Simms as the quarterback. He did nothing but hand off to Peyton Hillis for seven straight plays, then kneeled down three times to seal the victory.
2008 Week 17 vs IND (1 / 2 / 7 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Simms saw brief, end of the game action, completing one of his two total attempts for seven yards.
2006 Week 1 vs BAL (17 / 29 / 133 / 0 / 3 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Simms may have had the toughest outing of his young career, finishing 17 of 29 for 133 yards and three interceptions. A result of constant pressure and stingy play from the Ravens' defensive backfield, Simms was never able to get into rhythm and seemed rattled right from the start. He also continued to struggle with batted balls at the line of scrimmage, a problem he hasn't been able to shake yet in his days as a starter. One of his interceptions was returned for a touchdown, and another came close to being returned. Simms was replaced in the fourth quarter by rookie Bruce Gradkowski, who finished the game for the Buccaneers but did not have any luck of his own. Simms owners should keep an eye on his playing status for week two.
2006 Week 2 vs ATL (28 / 53 / 313 / 0 / 3 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Simms set a career high in passing yards with 313, but that was one of the few positives he'll be able to take away from this game. He continued to have passes batted down at the line of scrimmage, and turned the ball over three times for the game. He does show flashes, but seems to struggle with his touch on the passes he throws. Simms led the club down the field on the opening drive of the third quarter, only to turn the ball over inside the Atlanta five yard line on an interception in the end zone. The connection between he and WR Joey Galloway came to life, but the Buccaneers have a lot to figure out in their passing game.
2006 Week 3 vs CAR (13 / 24 / 139 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 1 rush)
Simms began the game by throwing an interception on the second play from scrimmage. Simms planted his back foot on a three step drop and tried to force a pass that shouldn't have been thrown. He followed that up by directing the Buccaneers' offense to three consecutive three and outs. However, he bounced back to lead Tampa Bay down the field on an 82 yard touchdown drive capped by his scoring toss to WR Joey Galloway. Getting RB Cadillac Williams rolling aided the drive because it allowed Simms to utilize play action effectively twice during the drive. He scored on a rollout after play action at the goal line getting Tampa Bay the lead. Simms had to leave the game at the end of the third quarter heading to the locker room. Reports were that he cramped up and was given fluids intravenously. He returned to the game after missing one drive and completed three straight balls to take Tampa Bay into the red zone to get the Buccaneers the lead with five minutes left in the game. Simms was noticeably affected putting his hands on his knees between plays. After the game, Simms was rushed to the hospital where it was determined he'd damaged his spleen during the contest. In emergency surgery, his spleen was removed. It was obviously a very serious situation and it required a blood transfusion. He apparently had suffered internal bleeding during the game and played through the injury leading his team in the fourth quarter in one of the toughest performances you'll ever see from a quarterback.
2005 Week 6 vs MIA (6 / 10 / 69 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Simms came out of the bull pen in relief of injured Brian Griese and completed six of ten passes for 69 yards. Simms led the Buccaneers on a scoring drive on their first drive of the third quarter that led to a Matt Bryant field goal. Tampa Bay, looking to protect the lead, ran the ball for most of their second half drives.
2005 Week 8 vs SF (21 / 34 / 264 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)
Simms finished the game with 264 yards through the air, but faced pressure by the 49ers' defense all game long. As a result, he under threw receivers on numerous occasions and made some bad decisions as well. He was sacked five times, threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. Some of that came as a result of poor play by his offensive line, which was beaten badly in the trenches by the 49ers' defensive front. Simms did connect on a 78 yard touchdown pass to WR Joey Galloway, but Galloway accounted for about 73 yards of the play by himself.
2005 Week 9 vs CAR (25 / 42 / 259 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Simms started the game well. After losing the ball on a Carnell Williams fumble on Tampa's opening drive, Simms threw the ball 60 yards in the air straight down the middle to find Joey Galloway for a 50 yard touchdown. Simms was pressured often by the Panthers' pass rush and was sacked five times, losing the ball on a fumble on one occasion. He telegraphed a pass on the opening drive of the second half, enabling Chris Gamble to jump in front of Clayton and take the ball in for a 61 yard interception return. Gamble had his second pick of the day at the end of the game when Simms looked long for Galloway.
2005 Week 10 vs WAS (15 / 29 / 279 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
Simms had a breakout game, avoiding mistakes and making key throws as he led the Bucs to a crucial victory over an NFC opponent. In what was easily his most impressive game to date, Simms was able to go over the top to his speedy wideouts, Joey Galloway and Edell Shepherd, to take advantage of the Redskins' blitzing tendencies. The game plan was clearly to play close to the vest and take advantage of Redskin mistakes, and he was able to do just that. After a Redskins' turnover on their second possession, Simms was able to hit Joey Galloway deep for a 34 yard gain inside the Redskins' five yard line. This play led to a Mike Alstott touchdown. The Redskins blitzed Simms often in an attempt to rattle the inexperienced signal caller, but were unable to put much pressure on him at all, and didn't record a sack. He seemed to have tunnel vision for Galloway, but because of the blitzing that didn't matter, as Simms found Galloway down the middle of the field for long gains, including a 24 yard touchdown in the second quarter. In the second half Simms was able to find Edell Shepherd down the right sideline twice for long gains. The first was a 46 yard gain that set up a short touchdown pass to Ike Hilliard, and the second was what turned out to be the winning score from 30 yards out. Simms wasn't forced to make plays underneath the coverage, where he has thrown interceptions in previous games. This game may have solidified Simms' place in the Buccaneers' future.
2005 Week 11 vs ATL (11 / 19 / 118 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
Simms had a break out game last week putting up great fantasy numbers and leading his team to a win. The team won Sunday, but he did not have a very productive day when it comes to passing stats. He was efficient, throwing for only one interception and completing 11 of 19 passes for only 118 yards and no touchdowns. The only receiver he could get the ball two was Michael Clayton and he was unable to get Joey Galloway, one of the league's leading receivers this year, a reception in the game.
2005 Week 12 vs CHI (19 / 30 / 202 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Simms had a rough start to the game when Alex Brown stripped the ball away from him on Tampa Bay's own one yard line, leading to a quick Bears touchdown in the first quarter. Besides the fumble, he continued his unspectacular but effective play, throwing for 202 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He showed the poise that every team is looking for in a quarterback when he marched the Buccaneers down the field in the fourth quarter completing three of four passes and setting up a game tying 29 yard field goal.
2005 Week 13 vs NO (12 / 21 / 123 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)
Simms played the game efficiently, taking care of the ball and putting it in the hands of his skill players. He was not asked to do much more than to manage the game and make cautious decisions to avoid turnovers and giving New Orleans a short field. Simms threw one touchdown to WR Joey Galloway, a short pass that Galloway turned into a 30 yard catch and run for a score in the second quarter. Simms should have had a second touchdown as he dropped a perfect pass over the shoulder of Galloway in the fourth quarter that went through his leading receiver's hands. The 39 yard touchdown never showed up on the scoreboard as a result, which would have both sealed the victory much earlier for Tampa Bay and improved Simms' pedestrian stat line.
2005 Week 14 vs CAR (20 / 27 / 138 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Simms ran an efficient and productive short passing game in the first half. He took lots of three steps drops getting rid off the ball quickly. Simms connected on 15 of his 19 first attempts. Five of Simms first six incomplete passes were dropped. Because the Buccaneers built a lead and were attempting to control the flow of the game with RB Cadillac Williams, Simms only attempted five passes (four complete, one drop) in the entire second half.
2005 Week 15 vs NE (21 / 34 / 155 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Despite facing a heavy pass rush throughout the game, Simms stood tough and was able to complete nearly 62% of his passes. He certainly was not helped by the Tampa Bay running game, which totaled a measly 30 yards on the ground and had a long run of four yards. Due to the lack of a running threat, The Patriots defense was able to tee off on Simms, who was sacked seven times. When given adequate time to throw, Simms was effective in finding open receivers and getting them the ball. However, Tampa Bay hardly tried to stretch the Patriot defense during the game and Sims averaged only 4.6 yards per pass attempt. Simms started the game with a dislocated ring finger on his throwing hand. During the game, he injured his thumb, likely hitting it on a defender's helmet on a follow through. The thumb injury appeared to bother him slightly, but Tampa Bay's modest passing totals had more to do with poor protection and lack of a running game than it had to do with Simms' thumb. Simms did not throw an interception and currently has a streak of 117 consecutive passes without one. Simms fumbled twice on plays where he was blindsided by Patriots' defenders. Willie McGinest's recovery and return set up New England's offense at the Tampa Bay 27 with just over a minute to go in the first half. Three plays later, Tom Brady hit David Givens for a 16 yard touchdown pass and the Patriots had a 21-0 lead.
2005 Week 16 vs ATL (29 / 42 / 285 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Simms had another strong outing for the Buccaneers, throwing for 285 yards and two scores. The young quarterback made a bad decision every now and then, but was able to play through it and learn from his mistakes. Both of his interceptions came on throws he should not have made, and both led to Atlanta scores.
2005 Week 17 vs NO (12 / 25 / 143 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Simms had a big first half for the Bucs, throwing for 79 yards and two scores, but cooled down in the second half and finished 12 of 25 for 143 yards. Both of his touchdown passes were to Joey Galloway, from seven and four yards out, and also had a 44 yard touchdown score to Galloway called back on a holding penalty.