The Douchier Simms Gets More Playing Time
April 09, 2010 at 10:52am by Scott • 1 Comment »
Big news for the Tennessee quarterback depth chart as fifth-year senior Nick Stephens quits the team when coach Derek Dooley told him he was going to have his reps decreased after a particularly poor performance in a scrimmage. This elevates newcomer junior Matt Simms to the starting spot, mostly because they don’t really have anyone else.
“This is a business,” Simms said. “This stuff is going to happen. It’s all about what makes you happy. If someone is unhappy, they have to make changes.”
I won’t belabor my general dislike for Simms here. You can read this entry for all the links to Simms’s Louisville suspension and his bad sportsmanship and all that other shit unbecoming of a Tennessee Volunteer. And he’s not even that good! Last I heard, he wasn’t even completing 60% at the community college he played at last year. He had 17/12 TD/INT ratio — at community college. Shouldn’t a highly-recruited big time quarterback prospect be able to do more against guys who, you know, pay their tuition with a credit card? Before that he did virtually nothing at Louisville. And now he’s going to be the starter if he can beat out freshman Tyler Bray, who shows a lot of raw tools but come on, he was picking between Tennessee and San Diego State. And now I’m going to have to root for Simms on Saturdays. I’m going to have to defend him on this site and SEC message boards and make excuses for him when he fucks up and… ugh, this is going to be a hell of a season.
Well, I didn’t like Jonathan Crompton either and he turned in a pretty good season for the Vols last year and I even stopped holding my breath when he cocked back for a pass, so anything is possible I suppose. Maybe Dooley and the offensive coaches can elevate his play to something resembling an SEC quarterback and with enough help from a solid offensive line and a decent running game, maybe Simms can be okay. There, the delusion has already begun.