Matt Simms, son of Super Bowl MVP quarterback Phil Simms, heads off to the New York Jets' rookie minicamp this weekend. The camp is where New York can take a look at rookies who were not part of the NFL draft. If Matt Simms wants to make it as a Jet--he will have his work cut out for him.
Is Matt Simms NFL material?
Unlike his father, Phil Simms, Matt Simms' talent is questionable. He lost the starting quarterback position in his junior year to a freshman at Tennessee in 2010. Desmond Howard, a former Super Bowl MVP and current ESPN college analyst, tweeted that Matt Simms was one of the worst quarterbacks in the SEC. Gang Green does not need another questionable quarterback. If Matt Simms could not cut it as a starter in college, he certainly will not be starting material in the NFL.
Phil Simms was an NFL superstar, but it does not mean that his offspring will posses the same talent level. While having Phil Simms as a father will open doors for Matt--the young Simms will have to prove himself without help from daddy. From my standpoint--if Matt Simms makes it to the NFL--he will not be a starter and he will not be a Jet.
Do the Jets need another quarterback?
The New York Jets need work on their offense, but they do not need another quarterback. Right now, they have starter Mark Sanchez, and backups Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy. Gang Green also has an agreement in principle with undrafted free agent G. J. Kinne--a quarterback from Tulsa. I guess they could use Simms on the practice squad. I do not see the need for the Jets to have five quarterbacks.
This brings up an interesting situation for the Jets. They have three quarterbacks on their roster and an agreement in principle with a fourth. Matt Simms and Albany quarterback, Dan DiLella, were invited to this weekend's mini-camp. Is New York so undecided about their quarterback situation that they are looking to bring on more than four quarterbacks? What Gang Green should be looking for are running backs and support for the offensive line if they are going back to "ground and pound."
The New York Jets should forget about looking for quarterbacks unless an amazing talent appears out of nowhere. Instead, Gang Green should focus on building an offense around Mark Sanchez and looking to bring back their "ground and pound" offense.
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Lynda Altman grew up just outside of New York City. She has been a Jets fan all of her life and hopes they have a winning season in 2012. You can contact her @LdyJetsFan on Twitter.
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