The next two days are two of the toughest days each year for NFL coaches. These are the two days where the teams are reduced to the 53 man rosters that they will begin the season with. This is the time where the dreams of some young players are shot down, at least temporarily. Ryan understands that and feels that pressure.
The flip side is when young guys, like Matt Simms, step up, as coach talked about after the game:
…The good part is when you see some guys really step up. You see some young guys like a (Matt) Simms come in. He’s 33-of-44 for 285 yards (tonight). I always talk about runs and completions, and today we had 67. We’ll sign up for that each week. I think we’d win a few games if that was the case….
One of the big knocks on Simms has been accuracy, which is getting better, if you ask Rex Ryan:
It’s been coming on. There’s no doubt. You saw the improvement. He made some great strides through training camp. This is a poor day for him (joking). He had a 91.0 quarterback rating. He’s been up there, I think he was leading the league going into tonight with a 135.0 quarterback rating. So, it was a poor night on his part for what he’s used to (joking). But you just see him, and some guys it takes a little longer with. But man, it’s good to see. Obviously, he’s a smart kid, has a great pedigree and (is) a local product. It was really great to see him get the opportunity and take advantage of it.
Rex went on to talk about how they would consider carrying four quarterbacks. I don’t see that happening. If Mark is gone for the year, they would carry Smith, Simms, and McElroy. As long as Sanchez is reasonably healthy, don’t expect them to carry four quarterbacks. It will be three.
And Simms made a serious case to be that third one. It seems like Rex noticed too.