There appears to be more and more bad blood brewing between Bucs coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Chris Simms. It was earlier in the week that Simms basically said that Tampa Bay was holding him hostage, and that he wanted to move to another team and resume his carrer where he will get a chance to play. Now coach Gruden is firing back and making it known about his feelings towards Simms are not hostile.
“I like Chris Simms. I don’t necessarily agree with everything he said. But I’m going to coach the quarterbacks that are here. I’m really excited about the guys that are here. I wish Chris and his situation well,” Simms said. “That’s the last I’ll address it. He’s made his statements and unfortunately that’s all I can say. I like Jeff Garcia. I prefer talking about him, Brian Griese, and Luke McCown.”
GM Bruce Allen also shared comments about Simms, and thinks that comments from Simms were nothing more than a stunt. “I think his advisors pulled a P.R. stunt,” Allen said. “I don’t think it portrays Chris well. That’s not the Chris Simms I’ve talked to on the phone. I can’t worry about that. We have too many players that are trying to help this team win. Those are the players that we’re going to focus on.”
Simms is due $2 mil this season, and my bet’s on him not being around when the season begins for the Bucs, as they will finally cut ties with him, much like they did a few weeks back with now Rams 3rd string QB Bruce Gradkowski.