Charles Sims Getting Better

November 8th, 2015
Strong game today.

Strong game today.

Until today, one could say Doug Martin was the gas that fueled the Bucs’ offensive engine. Not today.

Giants linebackers did a helluva job plugging holes and holding Martin to a paltry 31 yards. But his backup, Charles Sims, continued to improve.

Sims was the leading rusher for the Bucs on another sad day at the Den of Depression. Sims had multiple impressive runs while racking up 78 yards on eight carries, including this 59-yard explosion.

At worst, Sims is looking like a fine backup. Perhaps, depending what the Bucs and Martin do with his contract in the offseason, Sims just may be a go-to back for the Bucs next fall.

Sims is a far cry from when he was a rookie who looked like he had no business being a second day draft pick. Now, Sims looks like a helluva bargain and is proving to fans why Lovie Smith was so high on his potential.

20 Responses to “Charles Sims Getting Better”

  1. Lovie Is Dog Poo Says:

    Martin is gone this offseason. Getting benched the whole half for his fumble when Sims pretty much went right back in sums it up.

  2. Bo Says:

    Dirk loves Martin, I think they make him an offer.

  3. Buccfan37 Says:

    Sims has shown potential and game execution since being drafted. He is one of the few Bucs offensive threats still standing.

  4. Bo Says:

    I like Sims, but sometimes he looks like his brain is going too fast for his feet…I wish he was more deliberate with his cuts. Not sure if anyone else sees that? I know he’s too upright also, which dirk says he won’t try to change.

  5. Rrsrq Says:

    Reminds me of Michael Pittman

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Martin cost himself some $$$ today….a couple more games like this and we will be able to afford to keep him.

    Sims is the real deal……as is ASJ… patient with some of these younger players….they will produce.

    Evans will also work it out….

    Keep in mind all of the bad things are Lovie’s fault……the good things are Koetter’s responsibility or the players….not Lovie’s

  7. Dave Says:

    I don’t get it. It is easy to see Martin is the better pure running back. He gets way more yards out of nothing and is more explosive. I like using them both but Martin needs 15 to 20 touches a game and Simms should be in the low teens.
    They really should bring back both of them next year.

  8. pete Says:

    I’d like to see both Martin and Sims in backfield/game at same time!
    One, or both, could carry the ball or provide needed receiving threats.

  9. Mike10 Says:

    Sims looks good, but I’m not falling for the bait. Lovie will force sims down our throat, prop up his positives, harp on Martins negatives, and expect us to be ok w letting him walk this offseason.

    Martin is not as strong, but is much more explosive, patient, and has better vision.

  10. Trubucfan22 Says:

    He had 1 good carry. Lets not crown him the new adrian peterson just yet… I still dont think he is a work horse running back. He is a great compliment back. We need to come up with better game plans to get him the ball in space. We didnt run many screen passes today for some reason. Even though the pass rush was breathing down winstons back all game. Another example of poor game planning from our OC.

    Add that to the terrible play calling in 20 or so plays we had in the redzone… I initially blamed the loss on injuries and not having ASJ and Jackson there for our redzone/goalline weapons. But koetter’s job is to get touchdowns with whoever he has on the field. And he failed. I like koetter and think he is the best OC tampa has had since Gruden. But with all the redzone trips and the only TD we get is on the great Winston scramble… That’s a bad look for koetter. He needs to find ways to this team in the endzone.

  11. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    I wish we had a back that would not be caught from behind. Or a freakin wide receiver for that matter.

  12. orlbucfan Says:

    Koetter is a better offensive coach than Chucky. He needs to throw more receiving plays at both Sims and Martin. The Bucs RBs could always catch the ball. Sims is developing into a player. He needs to be lined up more often in the backfield WITH Martin. That will take some pressure off JW. Injuries killed Bucs today. They should have won this one!

  13. Bucco Brice Says:

    Sims is a dancing poodle…shake and bake every time he gets a hand off and no power…runs upright and finally fumbled, which i was expecting to happen…how people see him as the answer, including the Bucs, is beyond me. He can catch, that’s about all I see…sitting Martin on the bench is ridiculous!!!!!

  14. Bucfan561 Says:

    We should use sims way more! He has just as much play making ability as Martin. I like how our back up receivers stepped up vs the Giants.
    @ bucco price
    How does he not run with power? He’s always moving his legs upon contact for extra yardage! How do you think he broke the 59 yarder?

  15. mike Says:

    ajs and sims… i was scratching my head when we drafted them and still am. Sims is improving but could have found someone comparable later. More bad use of premium picks.

  16. Makie Lovie Says:

    “Rrsrq Says:
    November 8th, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Reminds me of Michael Pittman”

    I was totally going to post the same thing…

  17. jay Says:

    I would let Dougy walk, I still think a lot of this is because he’s in a contract year, we didn’t pick up his option and I think in the back of his mind he’s always going to remember that. I also believe that Sims is a good change of pace back but not an every down back either. After seeing the Bucs focus on defense in the first two rounds, I’d like to see a draft Devonte Booker out of Utah. I think he would be perfect for Dirk offense. Thoughts?

  18. Pick6 Says:

    it’s a rare few RBs who have multiple excellent seasons consecutively. all the top backs from 2014 are having down years or are injured, and fresh bodies have taken their place at the top of the rushing lists. not wise to pay doug like he will be able to run like this multiple seasons in a row. somebody will, it shouldn’t be the bucs

  19. DavidBigBucFan Says:

    Sims just like Pittman is a short strider with bad feet and balance. That’s why he went down so fast when the safety slid down and clapped his back foot. If he had a longer stride he would have outran that guy. Needs to power work his legs and ankles.

  20. Mo_Downs Says:

    Sims and Martin and the entire TEAM are getting better. Throw out the best and worst games for either back and the average is still ABOVE average for the NFL.

    Hint: AP, Walter Payton, Gayle Sayers, Bo Jackson or Emmit Smith, aren’t coming out in the 2016 draft.

    I like the kid from OSU but I doubt he’ll be available when we pick. And, FWIW, we should be addressing the DEFENSE in the 2016 draft.
    All else is folly when you have 2-good RB’s.