Simms Loses Denver QB Battle To Neckbeard
June 15, 2009 at 09:07am by Scott • 7 Comments »
Chris Simms, the guy who could never get a fair shake in Tampa because Jon Gruden hated him so much, has to add Josh McDaniels to the list of coaches out to get him now because McDaniels just named Kyle Orton the starter in Denver.
“There’s a lot of difficult aspects about what we ask our quarterback to do in our offense and Kyle has really grasped some of them more quickly than Chris did,” McDaniels said in explaining the move after the second day of a three-day minicamp at the team’s Dove Valley headquarters.
Note that McDaniels isn’t saying it’s a physical thing. It’s intellectual. Simms can’t fall back on his spleen anymore. Jesus, he’s gotten ten times more use out of that spleen after it was removed than he ever did when was inside him. But at least he’s being gracious.
“Kyle’s extremely underrated,” Simms said. “I’ve always felt that way. He was underrated in college and with the Bears. He throws the ball very well. He’s a smart guy. He’s a big guy. There’s a lot of plusses with Kyle.”
It’s not like he can say much else. Simms is going to have to work with the guy for at least the next seven months. No sense making it weird.
Orton said that it’s been difficult trying to find a comfort level in McDaniels’ offense and that he’s had good and bad plays along the way. That was evident Saturday, when Orton had interceptions run back for scores by cornerback Jack Williams and outside linebacker Robert Ayers.
Sorry, just had to get that bit in about Ayers.
So, yeah, maybe Gruden wasn’t just being a douche and he knew what he was doing with Simms all along. Come to think of it, Gruden also sold all his Chrysler, GM and AIG stock last year. Jon Gruden is the second coming of Nostradamus!