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Chris Simms

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Chris David Simms, born August 29, 1980 in Ridgewood, New Jersey, is an NFL quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the son of former NY Giants quaterback Phil Simms.

Chris Simms

Simms was drafted with the last pick of the 3rd round in 2003 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with the expectation that he would eventually be the successor to Brad Johnson. He was cast 3rd on the Bucs depth chart behind Johnson and former Buccaneers starter Shaun King. Simms sat his entire rookie year without playing a single snap.

In 2004, Simms started the season as the 3rd string quarterback again, this time behind Johnson and former Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins starter Brian Griese, but was quickly promoted to backup quarterback after a poor preseason by Griese.

Chris Simms

Simms saw his first action on September 19th, 2004 against the Seattle Seahawks after a below-average performance by Johnson, coming into the game with 10:32 left in the 2nd quarter. Simms went 21-32 with 175 yards and an interception. Simms recieved his first start two games later against the New Orleans Saints on October 10th, 2004 after the Bucs started 0-4 and Johnson was benched for his poor performance. Simms went 5-8 for 75 yards but injured his shoulder early in the game and missed three weeks, allowing Brian Griese to secure the position with 3 straight wins. Simms saw occasional action as the backup QB to Griese and started a meaningless final game against the Arizona Cardinals where he threw for 224 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.

In 2005, Simms was slated on the depth chart as the backup quarterback, behind Griese and ahead of former Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Luke McCown. Simms saw his first snaps of the season after Griese injured his knee while being hit by Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas on October 16th, 2005 in what turned out to be a season-ending injury. Simms performed well, completing 6 of 10 passes for 69 yards. Simms got his first start of the season the following week against a weak San Fransisco 49ers squad. While Simms had decent numbers (21-34, 264yds, 1TD, 2INT), his performance was considered poor, as there were many times when he underthrew his recievers, missed open recievers, or incorrectly read the defensive coverage.

Chris Simms

Simms followed up this performance with an equally poor performance against the division rival Carolina Panthers. Since these two losses however, Simms has performed better then expected, with a team record of 5-2 while leading the Bucs to come-from-behind wins against fellow division rival Atlanta twice, as well as the Washington Redskins, and a much more impressive performance in the rematch against Carolina on the road. The two losses in this stretch were against the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, and the Chicago Bears, who were ranked #1 in the league in total defense, and in both of these games, Simms did not throw any interceptions, and was sacked a combined 11 times. Because of Simms' improved performance throughout the season, he is expected to be competing with Brian Griese for the starting quarterback position in 2006.

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