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Chris Simms takes an unfiltered look at the NFL, featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown, and stories from a life in and around football.
2023 Top 40 QB Countdown #8-5: Leapers!
(9:00) #8 Aaron Rodgers: If his arm is still elite, what's holding him back? (25:15) #7 Jalen Hurts: "The ultimate gamer." (39:05) #6 Trevor Lawrence: "It's clicking." (52:20) #5 Lamar Jackson: "Don't get it twisted, his passing is legit." (1:03:25) #AskMeAnything: The homies have questions on Jared Goff, Daniel Jones, Geno Smith, and guys who could take a leap in the 2024 QB list.
2023 Top 40 QB Countdown #13-9: Ceilings & Superstars
(2:50) #13 Dak Prescott: Were his interceptions last year just bad luck? (18:40) #12 Kirk Cousins: He finally said "f*ck it." (28:50) #11 Daniel Jones: "They could not have won without his skillset last year." (42:30) NFC Championship odds: Who is the 3rd-best team after the Eagles & 49ers? (45:10) #10 Matthew Stafford: "His arm is still all-time elite." (55:35) #9 Deshaun Watson: Was last year just rust? (1:04:40) Homies react: We take your questions on Jacoby Brissett, QB #14 Russell Wilson, what passer you can win a Super Bowl with, where Chris would rank himself, and what QB Chris would want to coach.
2023 Top 40 QB Countdown #19-14: "Clock's ticking"
(6:40) QB #19 Kyler Murray: "Incredible talent, but serious questions about leadership & ceiling." (17:25) QB #18 Derek Carr: Does he make the Saints the NFC South favorite? (28:55) QB #17 Jared Goff: Can he be the long-term answer for the Lions? (39:25) QB #16 Ryan Tannehill: "Consistent as it gets, but does he give the Titans that championship edge?" (48:55) QB #15 Geno Smith: "His tape wows me. The biggest negative is that it was just 1 year." (58:30) QB #14 Russell Wilson: "His situation was worse than I can remember." (1:09:50) Broncos odds: Is Sean Payton a good bet for Coach of the Year? (1:12:50) #AskMeAnything: The homies have questions about where Chris ranked Jimmy Garoppolo & Baker Mayfield.
2023 Top 40 QB Countdown: #24-20: "It's time to crap"
(8:20) QB #24 Baker Mayfield: "Despite some of the sh!ttiest situations, he arm is still a blessing and a curse." (19:10) QB #23 Justin Fields: "INSANE runner. But his throwing is a collection of great plays with no consistency." (32:25) QB #22 Jimmy Garoppolo: "He played some of his best football last year." (43:20) QB #21 Tua Tagovailoa: "Runs that offense to a T. But he doesn't create on his own." (57:45) QB #20 Mac Jones: "Forget the team and the OC...he is an incredible decision-maker." (1:09:20) AFC East odds: Is this the toughest division in the NFL? (1:14:30) Top 40 Honorable mentions: Why Carson Wentz, Zach Wilson, Mitchell Trubisky, Jameis Winston, and Trey Lance missed the list.
2023 Top 40 QB Countdown: #30-25
(4:10) Ahmed's weekend: Magic shops, top hats, and Aaron Judge. BACKUP SUPREMES (11:10) QB #30 Davis Mills: "He wasn’t the problem, but he’s not the answer either." (21:00) QB #29 Tyler Huntley: "He can make game-changing throws, and he can play backyard football." (28:20) QB #28 Andy Dalton: "He had a resurgence. Maybe he ate a lot of spinach or something." (36:10) QB #27 Sam Darnold: "One of the tougher rankings in this whole thing." SOPHOMORE SUPREMES (46:05) QB #26 Brock Purdy: "For a rookie, he's got veteran eyes already." (54:55) QB #25 Kenny Pickett: Was his rookie year a disappointment? (1:02:30) BetMGM on Steelers odds: Will Mike Tomlin have his first losing season? (1:05:20) #AskMeAnything: The next Geno Smith? Can Jordan Love be a Top 10 QB? Why did Chris rank him ahead of Sam Howell? Are defensive head coaches bad for young QBs?
2023 Top 40 QB Countdown: #35-31
(7:40) QB #35 Mike White: "He was more aggressive this year." (14:20) QB #34 Gardner Minshew: "He brings some pizzazz that other backups don't." (20:35) QB #33 Taylor Heinicke: "He pushes your starter." (27:30) QB #32 Jarrett Stidham: "His arm is better than some QBs we'll see in the teens." (35:00) QB #31 Jordan Love: "What is Love? (baby don't hurt me)" (46:20) #AskMeAnything: Chris takes questions on his ranking of Desmond Ridder, Sam Howell, and Anthony Richardson. Plus we discuss Joe Burrow's contract, Zach Wilson, Eagles coordinators, and Dalton Kincaid.
2023 Top 40 QB Countdown: #40-36
(3:00) Simms Top 40 QB Countdown: How did Chris narrow down his list? (9:50) QB #40 Desmond Ridder: "His mechanics have improved from college" (18:30) QB #39 Sam Howell: "He's got more pop in his arm than I gave him credit for." (29:40) QB #38 Bryce Young: "They didn't take him #1 to sit on the bench." (39:30) QB #37 CJ Stroud: "This is a great offense for him...He can be a star." (45:20) QB #36 Anthony Richardson: Why did he leap Stroud & Young after being behind them in Simms' draft rankings? (58:40) #AskMeAnything: Chris answers questions on CJ Henderson, the Saints, Commanders defense, NFC North, Jaguars, Jalen Carter, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and, of course, smoking.
Episode 500 trivia + Top 40 QB Countdown preview
(4:35) Episode 500: You predict what we'll be talking about 500 episodes from now. (11:00) NFL Schedule: Germany and London are getting some heavy-hitter games this season. (18:45) Top 40 QB Countdown: What did Chris learn from looking back at last year's list? (41:20) Simms 500 Trivia: Chris and Ahmed try to go 5-for-5. (51:35) #AskMeAnything: What are the Cowboys missing to beat the Eagles & 49ers? (54:25) Giants: Can Evan Neal take a Year 2 leap, like his teammate? (57:45) O-line: The Broncos, Steelers, and Bengals made some big improvements this offseason. (1:00:30) Steelers: Are they being overlooked? (1:01:50) Chargers: Will they finally be able to stop the run? (1:03:40) Playoffs: Do too many teams make it now? (1:07:10) Patrick Mahomes: Why didn't he play at a better college? (1:10:45) Seahawks/Jets: Would you rather have Sauce Gardner & Garrett Wilson or Devon Witherspoon & Jaxon Smith-Njigba? (1:14:10) Chris' Replacement: What current QB most reminds Ahmed of Simms? (1:16:20) Pizza: Where's the best spot in Northern Jersey?
#AskMeAnything: Justin Fields' throwing & Sam Darnold starting
(4:50) Justin Fields: Chris breaks down where his throwing motion stands. (9:50) Giants: Does rookie center John Michael Schmitz need to change his "dead snap?" (13:45) Rookie QBs: Why do people say Anthony Richardson should play but Will Levis should sit? (18:10) Titans: How long is Ryan Tannehill's leash this season? (20:55) 49ers: If Brock Purdy can't start Week 1, will Sam Darnold start over Trey Lance? (29:35) DeAndre Hopkins: Is he going to stay with the Cardinals? (32:25) Contenders: What team that missed the playoffs last year will make it this year? What Super Bowl hopeful has the biggest Achilles' heel? (40:15) Boring draft? One homie may not have watched Chris' tipsy barn show. (44:35) Raiders: Will Jimmy Garoppolo be an upgrade for Josh McDaniels' offense? (49:15) 2024 Draft: Who stands out when Chris was scouting 2023 prospects? And should teams tank for Caleb Williams? (53:50) Seahawks secondary: This group is just stacked right now. (56:35) QB stats: Are there any specific ones that Simms pays attention to? (1:00:30) Patriots: Is Chris still a believer for Mac Jones? (1:07:05) Jets: Do they still like Zach Wilson? What can we realistically expect from Aaron Rodgers? (1:16:30) Saints: Will rookie RB Kendre Miller a big role this season? (1:18:30) Veteran RBs: Will Kareem Hunt, Leonard Fournette, or Ezekiel Elliott find landing spots? (1:20:45) Coaching Phillip: How does Chris approach teaching football to his son?
2023 Rookie Predictions: This year's Brock Purdy?
(2:50) Aaron Rodgers: The new Jets QB is living it up in New York. (6:30) Who is this year's...Kenny Pickett? CJ Stroud & Bryce Young can hit the ground running. (12:00) ...Brock Purdy? Clayton Tune has a foreseeable path to starting this season. (16:20) ...Kenneth Walker? Bijan Robinson is great, but don't sleep on Zach Charbonnet either. (22:15) ...Tyler Allgeier? Roschon Johnson could impress Bears coaches immediately. (27:15) ...Isiah Pacheco? Izzy Abanikanda & Sean Tucker could be contributors down the stretch. (29:35) ...Garrett Wilson? Jordan Addison & Zay Flowers lead a group of potential WR2s. (33:10) ...George Pickens? Marvin Mims & Cedric Tillman could turn heads in training camp. (40:10) ...Chig Okonkwo? Michael Mayer is a perfect fit for Josh McDaniels, and Dalton Kincaid will be big for Josh Allen. (45:30) Offensive Rookie of the Year odds: Chris likes a few longshot bets. (47:50) Who is this year's...Aidan Hutchinson? Jalen Carter on the Eagles is unfair. (51:30) ...James Houston? BJ Ojulari & Byron Young can be impact situational pass rushers. (54:20) ...Quay Walker? Jack Campbell is gonna rack up the tackles for the Lions. (58:20) ...Sauce Gardner? Christian Gonzalez & Devon Witherspoon lead a stacked CB group. (1:01:40) ...Tariq Woolen? Garrett Williams & Christopher Smith are good late-round CBs. (1:04:10) ...Jaquan Brisker? Quan Martin & Jordan Battle can step in and start right away. (1:06:45) Defensive Player of the Year odds: Should Will Anderson Jr. be the favorite?
2023 NFL Draft: Which Teams Won?
(4:10) Draft big picture: Did we see a Brock Purdy effect? Why were there so many trades? (13:30) Eagles: They are in a tier by themselves. (20:20) NFC odds: The 49ers QB is a mystery, and Vegas doesn't care. (23:00) Falcons: With a good running game, did they really need Bijan Robinson? (28:30) Packers: Ahmed is spreading false Lukas Van Ness narratives. (32:00) Steelers: Chris loves their "goons", even if he doesn't love Joey Porter Jr. (34:50) Seahawks: Seattle has "a bunch of psychos" in their secondary. (38:45) Titans: "This is a perfect spot for Will Levis." (42:20) Lions: Did they overdraft Jahmyr Gibbs & Jack Campbell? (47:50) Bills: Dalton Kincaid is a true weapon for Josh Allen. (51:50) Bears: "It made sense for how they want to play." (54:50) Bengals: Chase Brown could slide in quickly behind Joe Mixon. (57:25) Colts: "Anthony Richardson has to play. This second. Right now." (1:01:15) Raiders: "Tyree Wilson was the top pass rusher on their board." (1:04:10) Giants: "I liked Deonte Banks more than Christian Gonzalez." (1:07:15) Buccaneers: Calijah Kancey can cause some diruption. (1:10:15) Cardinals: They are set up for 2024. (1:12:50) 2023 Draft Top 10 contest: One homie is getting some cash from Chris.
2023 NFL Draft Round 1 reactions
(2:20) Lamar Jackson: He gets PAID. (4:40) #1 Panthers: QB Bryce Young (8:25) #2 Texans: QB C.J. Stroud (12:15) #3 Texans: EDGE Will Anderson, Jr. (13:50) #4 Colts: QB Anthony Richardson (15:40) #5 Seahawks: CB Devon Witherspoon (17:40) #6 Cardinals: OT Paris Johnson, Jr. (20:20) #7 Raiders: EDGE Tyree Wilson (22:10) #8 Falcons: RB Bijan Robinson #8 (24:45) #9 Eagles: DT Jalen Carter (27:10) #10 Bears: OT Darnell Wright (28:35) #11 Titans: G Peter Skoronski (30:30) #12 Lions: RB Jahmyr Gibbs (32:25) #13 Packers: EDGE Lukas Van Ness (35:00) #14 Steelers: OT Broderick Jones (36:45) #15 Jets: EDGE Will McDonald IV (39:10) #16 Commanders: CB Emmanuel Forbes (40:45) #17 Patriots: CB Christian Gonzalez (42:35) #18 Lions: LB Jack Campbell (44:20) #19 Buccaneers: DT Calijah Kancey #19 (45:40) #20 Seahawks: WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba #20 (47:05) #21 Chargers: WR Quentin Johnston (48:45) #22 Ravens: WR Zay Flowers (50:25) #23 Vikings: WR Jordan Addison (52:30) #24 Giants: CB Deonte Banks (54:25) #25 Bills: TE Dalton Kincaid (56:35) #26 Cowboys: DT Mazi Smith (58:50) #27 Jaguars: OT Anton Harrison (59:35) #28 Bengals: EDGE Myles Murphy (1:01:20) #29 Saints: DT Bryan Bresee (1:03:30) #30 Eagles: EDGE Nolan Smith (1:06:10) #31 Chiefs: EDGE Felix Anudike-Uzomah
NFL Draft Prop Bets & Biggest Predictions
(1:20) GUEST: Jay Croucher comes on the set to talk about Will Levis Reddit rumors, odds for the 2nd and 3rd overall picks, and his favorite longshot bet. (28:55) Simms Top 10 contest: You can enter your draft predictions, and Chris has put up a big prize if you're right. (31:30) Mock Draft : Chris talks about some honorable mentions who almost made his mock draft and could go in Round 1. (35:10) Big Board: Who are Chris' Top 5 players in the draft, regardless of position? (43:45) Quarterbacks: How far could C.J. Stroud fall? Does Anthony Richardson need to play right away? (49:40) Offensive line: Could Peter Skoronski be an LT? Could the Giants or Raiders be targeting OL? (55:30) Defensive line: Could the Saints trade up for a DL? Could Lukas Van Ness fall? (1:00:00) 2024 QBs: Is Caleb Williams factoring into team strategies this year? (1:02:15) Trading up: Who is a candidate to trade back into Round 1 for a QB? (1:09:35) Biggest Draft Predictions: Ahmed and Chris go bold on Anthony Richardson, Bijan Robinson, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba.
2023 Mock Draft: High floor or high ceiling?
(10:20) #1 Panthers: QB Bryce Young (Alabama) (13:00) #2 Texans: EDGE Tyree Wilson (Texas Tech) (15:30) #3 Cardinals: EDGE Will Anderson, Jr. (Alabama) (19:30) #4 Colts: QB Will Levis (Kentucky) (22:40) #5 Seahawks: DT Jalen Carter (Georgia) (25:15) #6 Lions: CB Devon Witherspoon (Illinois) (27:50) #7 Raiders: T Paris Johnson, Jr. (Ohio State) (31:30) #8 Falcons: QB C.J. Stroud (Ohio State) (39:50) #9 Bears: G Peter Skoronski (Northwestern) (42:15) #10 Eagles: RB Bijan Robinson (Texas) (45:15) #11 Titans: CB Christian Gonzalez (Oregon) (47:40) #12 Texans: QB Anthony Richardson (Florida) (50:15) #13 Jets: DT Calijah Kancey (Pittsburgh) (52:30) #14 Patriots: T Broderick Jones (Georgia) (54:50) #15 Packers: TE Dalton Kincaid (Utah) (57:00) #16 Commanders: TE Michael Mayer (Notre Dame) (59:00) #17 Steelers: T Darnell Wright (Tennessee) (1:01:30) #18 Lions: DT Mazi Smith (Michigan) (1:04:15) #19 Buccaneers: T Anton Harrison (Oklahoma) (1:06:00) #20 Seahawks: EDGE Nolan Smith (Georgia) (1:08:30) #21 Chargers: WR Zay Flowers (Boston College) (1:12:20) #22 Ravens: CB Deonte Banks (Maryland) (1:14:10) #23 Vikings: QB Hendon Hooker (Tennessee) (1:17:30) #24 Jaguars: DT Bryan Bresee (Clemson) (1:19:30) #25 Giants: CB DJ Turner (Michigan) (1:22:30) #26 Cowboys: C John Michael Schmitz (Minnesota) (1:24:10) #27 Bills: WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba (Ohio State) (1:27:50) #28 Bengals: RB Jahmyr Gibbs (Alabama) (1:30:15) #29 Saints: EDGE Lukas Van Ness (Iowa) (1:31:50) #30 Eagles: EDGE Will McDonald IV (Iowa State) (1:33:50) #31 Chiefs: EDGE Myles Murphy (Clemson)
2023 Draft LB & S rankings + Trey Lance trade talk
(4:00) LB scouting: Like RBs, should teams stop drafting linebackers in Round 1? (11:30) #1 LB Daiyan Henley (Washington St): Chris' top LB is also a #1 press conference soundbite. (21:50) #2 LB Trenton Simpson (Clemson): "Sideline to sideline, he might be the best in the NFL." (30:00) #3 LB Jack Campbell (Iowa): "He's a pain in the ass in coverage." (38:20) #4 LB Henry To'oTo'o (Alabama): "Ballhawk. He ATTACKS." (45:00) #5 LB Ivan Pace, Jr (Cincinnati): "Whoa is he explosive." (51:30) Robin Hood LBs: Drew Sanders (Arkansas) & Owen Pappoe (Auburn) get honorable mentions. (55:50) Will Anderson, Jr: If he plays standup LB, where would he rank on this list? (57:10) Safety Scouting: The free safety/strong safety lines have been blurred. (1:02:00) #1 S Jartavius "Quan" Martin (Illinois): "He has AMAZING cover skills." (1:10:10) #2 S Sydney Brown (Illinois): "Can Illinois invite me to their school this year?" (1:17:05) #3 S Brian Branch (Alabama): "He's as good as it gets in slot coverage." (1:22:40) #4 S Christopher Smith (Georgia): "No one told him he's 192, he plays like he's 292." (1:27:10) #5 S Jay Ward (LSU): "True ballhawk, he's always around the ball." (1:30:45) Robin Hood S: Ji'Ayir Brown (Penn State) is a "poor man's Budda Baker." (1:33:30) Trey Lance trade talk: Him for Zach Wilson...who says no?
2023 Draft DT Rankings + Jalen Hurts contract extension
(5:20) Chris and Ahmed look back at some of the Big Butts who slipped through the cracks, Big Butt Busts, and explain the different roles and positioning of defensive linemen (27:00) #1 DT Jalen Carter (Georgia): “He is the best defensive player in the Draft.” (38:15) BetMGM 1st Defensive Player Drafted Odds: Should Jalen Carter be the first defensive player off the board? And could the Texans be the team that surprises with a defender at #2? (44:00) #2 DT Calijah Kancey (Pitt): “I watch him and think, there’s no way he didn’t work with Aaron Donald on that move. It’s Tasmanian devil type stuff” (54:45) #3 DT Bryan Bresee (Clemson): “He’s gonna be a force as an interior pass rusher” (1:03:00) #4 DT Mazi Smith (Michigan): “The big dancing bear of this draft, but too good of a player to not dominate more” (1:11:00) #5 DT Adetomiwa Adebawore (Northwestern): “His game is about explosion and disruption” (1:19:30) Robin Hood DT prospects: Keeanu Benton (Wisconsin), Zacch Pickens (South Carolina), Jaquelin Roy (LSU), Colby Wooden (Auburn), Byron Young (Alabama), Karl Brooks (Bowling Green) (1:28:30) Jalen Hurts contract extension: The Eagles extend their franchise QB. Now what will it mean for Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow, and Justin Herbert?
2023 Draft OL Rankings + Will Anderson reactions
(1:20) Will Anderson: Did Chris just ignore his stellar 2021 tape? (15:45) OL Scouting: What makes a prospect a tackle or guard? (26:20) #1 T Darnell Wright (Tennessee): "Even when he loses, he wins." (32:20) #2 T Broderick Jones (Georgia): "He blocked someone into the kicking net." (36:00) #3 T Paris Johnson, Jr. (Ohio State): "His arms are down to the ground." (41:00) #4 T Anton Harrison (Oklahoma): "This is a franchise left tackle." (43:25) #5 T Blake Freeland (BYU): Is his weight a concern? (47:30) Dawand Jones (Ohio State): Why didn't he make Chris' Top 5? (50:10) #1 G Peter Skoronski (Northwestern): "He can play tackle, but he's a Pro Bowl guard." (55:55) #2 G Matthew Bergeron (Syracuse): "He's playing 1-on-1 basketball out there." (1:01:00) #3 G O’Cyrus Torrence (Florida): "He's like an O-lineman that would be cast in a movie." (1:05:50) #4 C John Michael Schmitz (Minnesota): "He's in a class of his own as a center." (1:10:00) #5 G Cody Mauch (North Dakota State): "Just not a lot of O-linemen move like him." (1:14:30) Honorable Mentions: Tyler Steen (Miami) & Steve Avila (TCU) get some love.
2023 Draft EDGE Rankings
(2:10) Power to the Sheeple: How does Chris feel about Kayvon Thibodeaux a year later? (13:10) EDGE scouting: Is this year's class better than last year's? (18:20) #1 EDGE Tyree Wilson (Texas Tech): Is he worthy of being the #1 defender off the board? (31:45) #2 EDGE Lukas Van Ness (Iowa): "His play strength is off the charts." (44:50) #3 EDGE Nolan Smith (Georgia): Does his size matter? (59:00) #4 EDGE Will McDonald IV (Iowa State): "He was totally out of position and he was still throwing people around." (1:05:50) #5 EDGE Will Anderson Jr. (Alabama): "Look at the film. Don't look at the numbers." (1:24:50) Robin Hood EDGE prospects: Zach Harrison (Ohio State), Myles Murphy (Clemson), Derrick Hall (Auburn), Felix Anudike-Uzomah (Kansas State), Byron Young (Tennessee), BJ Ojulari (LSU) (1:34:15) #AskMeAnything: What about Keion White (Georgia Tech)?
2023 Draft TE Rankings
(2:30) TE Scouting: Simms & Connor discuss the balance between receiving skills vs blocking skills, and why the position is slow to develop in the NFL. (13:10) #1 TE Dalton Kincaid (Utah): “After the catch, he’s receiver-like. I wouldn’t be mad if someone took him in the Top 10.” (23:10) #2 TE Sam LaPorta (Iowa): “As the process goes on, it’ll be obvious how well-rounded and good of a football player he is” (30:55) #3 TE Michael Mayer (Notre Dame): “When he catches the ball, he wants to go to the house. He’s angry, he wants to run over people.” (39:20) #4 TE Josh Whyle (Cincinnati): “His route-running is off-the-charts good." (46:45) #5 TE Darnell Washington (Georgia): “If there’s gonna be a Gronk in this class, it’s gonna be this guy” (59:45) Robin Hood TEs: Brenton Strange (Penn St), Luke Musgrave (Oregon St), Luke Schoonmaker (Michigan), Tucker Kraft (South Dakota St), and Elijah Higgins (Stanford) are among the honorable mentions (1:20:00) Connor gives his Top 5 TEs (1:24:45) The guys compare notes on their Top 5 RBs calling back to Monday's pod
2023 Draft RB Rankings
(3:45) Power to the Sheeple: Ahmed has a theory about good RBs seem "a dime a dozen." (15:45) RB scouting: Chris has changed the way he looks at speed for RBs. (21:30) #1 RB Bijan Robinson (Texas): Is he a better RB prospect than Saquon Barkley? (37:30) #2 RB Jahmyr Gibbs (Alabama): Why is he in the same tier as Bijan? (48:20) #3 RB Roschon Johnson (Texas): "He's an NFL starter. He just got stuck behind a stud." (59:10) #4 RB Sean Tucker (Syracuse): "A little ball of muscle." (1:06:40) #5 RB Chase Brown (Illinois): "He is all about violence and twitch." (1:12:50) Robin Hood RBs: Kendre Miller (TCU), Zach Charbonnet (UCLA), and Devon Achane (Texas A&M) are among the honorable mentions. (1:26:45) CB rankings reactions: Chris addresses concerns about about Devon Witherspoon's speed and CB Emmanuel Forbes' size.