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

DECISIVENESS

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.

STARING DOWN RECEIVERS

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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