Analyzing Matt Simms First NFL Start

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Aug 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Matt Simms (5) before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


I was particularly impressed by the decisiveness with the football. Simms appeared to have a good understanding of his progressions, which is a testament to Marty Mornhinweg as a teacher, but to Simms as well for his ability to pick up the system.

He hardly ever held the football longer than a few seconds, which is the key to a QB’s success in the West Coast system. You must drop 3 steps, and get rid of the football. Or, drop back five steps and get rid of the football. Matt spent the majority of the outing following this principle. Excellent job.


His biggest problem happened on only a couple of throws. It’s a common problem with young quarterbacks, the problem with staring down receivers, telegraphing where he is going to go with the football.

A big example was on the Jets’ first play from scrimmage. Simms opened the game from the gun, looks to his right and does do a quick pump fake. But, after that, take a look at the next three shots in succession:

See Matt Simms’ eyes? They are locked on the left side of the football field for four to five seconds, which is far too long. What was the result?

The pass was nearly picked off. This will get better, but it is something that Simms will need to clean up.

But overall, it was an excellent debut. During his conference call yesterday, Rex hinted that Matt could have played his way into the QB competition. You guys know how I feel about that. Despite the fact that it was against twos and threes, that is the most confident I have felt in a quarterback all off-season.

In my opinion, it was an excellent game to build on. I would hate to see him leave and become a quality starter somewhere else.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Good piece on Simms. He has taken steps forward with his footwork, as you pointed out. The improved footwork has helped in the accuracy department and I don’t think anyone ever doubted the arm strength. He impressed in his first start, not so much in the stats, but rather in his confidence. He seems to have a good grasp of the system and Marty opened it up for him. He moved the ball well, and seemed to know exactly where his receivers were at on the field. Impressive outing, no matter if it was the 3′s and 4′s. With Sanchez down and McElroy likely to be cut, I think Simms has made a case for himself to at least be considered for a bigger role. If they deem Geno not ready for game 1, it would appear he could get the start game1.

    • Alan Schechter

      Thanks Paul. I think he deserves it as well.

  • matr dontelli iii

    I was listening on Thursday, not watching so i didn’t see matt. i did see how bad geno was the week before. If markie is not ready to go I think Matt would make more sense than geno. If geno starts and fails then what? Pull him?until when? Great way to shoot his confidence right for the start. I think we’d be better off with Simms and then geno when he’s ready. But what do I know?

    • TheJetPress

      I don’t disagree here, but I guess that is why we don’t get the big bucks LOL

  • Frank Antonelli

    The only way Simms starts is if Geno and Mark are hurt. Let’s face it they got all the reps with the ones. Matt has only played with the twos. They are not going to start him unless they have to.

    However, I’d still like to see it happen so we can see exactly what we have in Simms. If the excuse is that Geno and Mark aren’t ready it allows them to bring back either one if Simms fails. They could do that without any fallout.

    I personally think he would have a strong game and possibly keep the job for the rest of the season. Hopefully the objective is to find the best QB regardless of past history or draft status.

    • TheJetPress

      I agree Frank, that would be a way to go about it