Christopher David Simms is a professional football quarterback who at present plays for the Tennessee Titans team. After playing for the Texas Longhorns, Chris Simms was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003 as the 97th pick overall in the third round of the NFL Draft.
In all of NCAA football history, Simms holds the record for Highest Pass Efficiency (138.4). In four seasons with the Longhorns, he hit 58.7-percent of his pass attempts, going 535 of 911. He threw for 7,094 yards, notching 58 touchdowns while tossing 21 interceptions. He also ran for 10 touchdowns.
As a pro, Simms has had a tough time finding his niche. In 2003 and 2004, he was third on the Bucs’ depth chart. In 2005, he was the primary backup. It was during that season that he became a starter due to an injury to starter Brian Griese. Simms led the Bucs to their first playoff game since 2002. In 2006, he was designated as the starter but suffered a ruptured spleen in the third game of the season, knocking him out for the rest of the year. After signing a two-year extension with Tampa Bay in 2007, Simms expected to start but due to continuing health problems and Jeff Garcia’s fine minicamp outing he was relegated to the backup spot. On 30 August 2007, he was released by the team and worked out with the Ravens during the pre season though he was unsigned.
He made his stint with the Tennessee Titans team on 9th September, 2008 and served as a backup quarterback behind Kerry Collins. He was re-signed the next week on 6th of October. On 4th March 2009, he signed a 2 year contract of $6 million dollars with the team of Denver Broncos. On 15th of March 2010, he was traded by the team for Brady Quinn.
His second stint with Titans came on 12th April, 2010, when he got re-signed by the team. The quarterback has played in a total of 19 NFL games, completing 59.1-percent of his throws for a total of 3,087 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s thrown 17 interceptions and has a QB rating of 71.2.
The six-foot-four, 230-pound Simms is a fine athlete who is mobile and agile while in the pocket. His mechanics are fine, drop back is fairly quick and arm strength is good. He tends to lock on a target and has not developed the ability to check-off and adjust to changing situations. His accuracy is streaky, but he’s shown that he has the ability to improve his mechanics and skills. He’s tough, a sound leader and a true competitor. Simms is not as mobile as one would like when outside the pocket and he’s had health issues as of late. Much to his chagrin, Simms is fourth on the team’s depth chart.