Chris Simms Explains Tom Brady’s Questionable Spot On QB Rankings
June 24, 2019
Chris Simms got into a big trouble with his quarterback rankings. He ranked Drew Brees at No. 10, and Brady is No. 9. Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner wasn’t really happy, and even criticized.
Simms said he respects Warner’s opinion, but stood by his opinion. He talked about the ranking in an episode of “Chris Simms Unbuttoned” on NBC Sports. He respects Brady, but believes that his power has reduced. It’s all about the age.
This ranking isn’t the first time Chris Simms criticized Brady in his own specific way.
In 2014, he said Brady wasn’t in his top five. Wow.
“Tom Brady’s not in my top five. I mean, he’s still really good, but I like other guys better. I’d go Aaron Rodgers one, Andrew Luck two, Ben Roethlisberger three, Russell Wilson four and Peyton five.”
What made him say this? Simms said, “If Andrew Luck doesn’t throw for 400 yards and four touchdowns, they can’t win a game. He doesn’t have Jonas Gray and the offensive line the New England Patriots do where they can run for 250 yards in a game. … I don’t think anybody bears the weight of the organization on their shoulders week in and week out more than Andrew Luck.”
In 2015, he
confirmed his thoughts on Brady. Nothing changed.
“I don’t think he should have won the MVP, either. That’s just the way I think about it. He had a really good game against a really good defense, but he threw like 35 five-yard passes the whole game. I think in my estimation, (Julian) Edelman should have been the MVP.”
later, he said Brady was the only quarterback to go below the legal limit.
“He’s the only one I know that goes below the legal limit. I will say that. That’s for sure. At some point, something was said as far as, ‘Hey, let’s push the limit of going below 12.5. Now, we’re never going to get that definitive answer because Tom didn’t cooperate with the investigation fully. He didn’t turn over his cell phone. But I’ll say this, too: He’s got to get suspended – first of all for not even cooperating with the investigation.”
According to Simms, it all started with Brady’s knee injury.
“My big issue with Tom Brady really is, ever since he hurt his knee to start the season in 2008 — of course he’s been awesome, I know that — but his mechanics changed, his ability to throw the ball down the field was not nearly as effective as he was before the knee (injury).”