New York Jets: What About Matt Simms?

Aug. 18, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Matt Simms (5) calls out a play against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Jets win 37-13. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday night was an interesting night, wasn’t it? Geno Smith showed the world that he is not ready to lead an NFL team. Mark Sanchez was thrown into the game in the fourth quarter and was injured. The Jets won the game, and who came in to throw the go-ahead score, and set up the game-winning field goal? Matt Simms, that’s who.

Simms appears to have, and media members have stated that he has, the strongest arm of any one of the quarterbacks in training camp. He has played well this preseason in limited reps. If this season is going to be as long as some think it’s going to be, here is a question: Why not start Matt Simms?

First of all, in a West Coast offense that is predicated on completion percentage, Simms has been the leader so far. He is throwing for a 73.3% completion percentage, while nobody else has completed 67%. Simms has been the best, and it hasn’t been even close.

Matt Simms has also gotten the ball down the field better than any of the Jets’ passers during this preseason, averaging 12.9 yards per pass, while nobody else is averaging over 9 yards per pass. Take that efficiency we mentioned earlier, and combine that with his ability to get the ball down the field, and you MIGHT have an excellent West Coast offense quarterback.

I know, I know, Matt has played against the bottom of the barrel guys, the third stringers. I understand that, and I understand starting an NFL regular season game is completely different. I am not so naïve that I would think otherwise. But, you know what? Somebody has to play against the third string. Russell Wilson wasn’t the starter going into training camp either. Playing against the 3s in camp, doesn’t mean you can’t play against the ones.

It just means that you haven’t yet.

Guys like Matt Simms get this label of a “career backup”. What does that mean exactly? The guy entered the league in 2012. We have to write the guy off immediately as a backup, and nothing better? Says who? A scout? Would this be the first time that a diamond in the rough has been found? I think not. Brady was a sixth round draft pick. Think about it.

If this is such a “rebuilding” year, why not go with Matt Simms? If you want to base it on what we have seen in training camp, his game has been the best. Why can’t he do a good job? I don’t get it.

Is it really impossible that the son of this guy has some talent?

Think about it.

Topics: Matt Simms, New York Jets

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  • Frank Antonelli

    Given that Rex just said in his presser that they still haven’t made a decision on who starts Thursday maybe the Jets are thinking about giving SImms a chance. Why not? He might be the answer, stranger things have happened.

    • TheJetPress

      exactly…maybe he is, he did highlight matt at the beginning of the presser

  • Paul Newbold

    Ok, I get the argument. The blogs are full of people calling for Simms to start. He has played well by many reports, but it has mostly been with the 3′s and 4′s, As recently as last week, he was listed behind McElroy on the depth chart. So assuming he’s a 4th stringer, isn’t that a bit of a stretch from that position to starter? If Sanchez is no go as has been reported, then you start Geno, let him play a couple of series for experience, then let the meaningless 3 quarters go to the back ups. I just think all this hoopala about Simms starting is more frustration by fans with the position, then actual football reality. The knock on Simms has been his accuracy, footwork, and his read adjustments. Hey what do I know….start him…I’m game. :)

    • TheJetPress

      It could be a terrible idea, I’m just speculating. I just say why not

  • Piazza31nyj

    No one knows about Matt but I guess it wouldn’t hurt to have him start. Lets face it, we’re not going anywhere with any of the QBs on the current roster.

    • TheJetPress

      That is what I am thinking. You never know when the diamond in the rough is going to show up. Who could it hurt?

  • Doc

    Phil Simms was an icon for the NY Giants. How fitting it would be for his son to be the starter for the crosstown rivals, the NY Jets! Go Matt!!!

    • TheJetPress

      He sure was. It would be a neat circle of life type thing wouldn’t it?

  • bebekdoktoru

    I’ve been thinking the same thing for the past 2 weeks. The thing that gets me most is not the numbers (which is great) it’s the spirit. When he takes on to the field he his face is full of belief that he’s going to make a difference. Believing is so so important. With Sanchez and Smith it’s worrisome. I think Simms should be the starter this week for the preseason game: let’s see how he measures up against the big boys. What can we lose?

    • TheJetPress

      100% agree

  • beatendownjetfan

    I haven’t seen any issues with his accuracy and definitely can put some speed on the ball. Geno and Sanchez both have great completion percentages when you add in their picks. We’ve seen what Sackelroy can do in a real game. If Simms lights it up on Thursday night he may have a chance at it but I’m skeptical that anyone is gonna risk their job on him.

    • TheJetPress

      I agree, the likelihood is slim. I just think it is worth a try. Why the heck not?

      • beatendownjetfan

        I’m pulling for him.. with that being said.. does anyone think that this dysfunctional organization will stop trying to cover their ass with a “safe” bet and start investing in the future? Maybe Simms isn’t the magic bullet but I think he’s got the skills to stop the bleeding so they can start rebuilding this shit show of a team.

        On the other side.. this could be the hail mary pass that Rex needs to save his job.

        • TheJetPress

          Nope they won’t.. has never been the way unfortunately

  • Frank A.

    I think the Jets coaches are looking for a QB and are missing maybe the guy who can get the job done for them in Matt Simms. Maybe they don’t want to put him into that QB spot because they would look like fools for picking up another high paid QB besides Sanchez and now Geno. I think you work with Matt Simms and make him the starter I think he will do a better job…

    • TheJetPress

      I don’t see why not

  • disqus_z0fqwRsziB

    Die hard jets fan, matt simms deserves a shot to start if he plays well vs eagles. The kids got talent & he can obviously handle the pressure. For god sakes give him a shot!

    • TheJetPress

      I totally agree

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