Not Ready For Primetime

September 27th, 2016
Needs work as a runner.

Needs work as a runner.

When Doug Martin went down in Arizona with a bum hamstring, the biggest question concerning the Bucs was if backup running back Charles Sims was ready to carry the mail.

Of course, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said all the right things. He was confident in Sims. He had the talent. He could and would fill the void left by Martin.

Well, if anything through one game as a starter, Sims has room to grow.

Oh, as a pass-catching back Sims is fantastic, aside from his knack for not securing screen passes which into turnovers. That’s an issue.

But as a running back, Sims is not Martin. In fact, Joe might suggest Sims is not the best Bucs running back on the roster that took the field Sunday. He made little to no dent against the Rams as a runner. Granted, it can be a ferocious defense.

It was because of this, Koetter had America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, drop back 60 times (!).

Sims is a talented pass-catcher. As an NFL runner? Not ready for primetime. Yet.

27 Responses to “Not Ready For Primetime”

  1. D-Rome Says:

    I don’t think he can ever be a feature back but that’s OK. Cincinnati uses the two back system nicely and when Hill or Bernard are out that team is not the same.

  2. rrsrq Says:

    I think you start Rogers and use Simms the same way he was used prior to the DM22 injury.

  3. nate_tweetz Says:

    Sims’ running style drives me crazy! He makes a juke move no matter what. He will have a hole to run through and instead, he’s pop-locking in the back field. By the time he’s done shaking his shoulders like he’s in a Puffy and Mase Mo’ Problems music video, the hole is closed up. His still kind of reminds me of Mike Pittmanand how he used to “pitter_patter”his feet before going anywhere> He has got to learn to just grab the rock and go!

  4. Pickgrin Says:

    Look at the defense we played and also the one coming to town this week. Sims would probably run wild if he was starting vs New Orleans.

    “Sims is not Martin” – Duh.

  5. Bob in Valrico Says:

    upon further review:
    Simms and Martin are both averaging 3.4 rushing yards and accounted
    for approx. 88 and 85 yards rushing respectively.Simms has over a hundred yards passing and Martin around 40.
    only conclusion I can draw leads back to the O-line. The holes are not as big this year,but pass blocking seems to be improved.

  6. ARGH_M8E Says:

    Sign ANDRE BROWN!!! We need a big back that can wear down opponents late… or somebody?!?!?! Little backs (even tho Doug can take a hit and give one) and a WR/Change of pace back aren’t enough. THERES NO BEEEEEF!!!!!
    Damn I miss 40:(

  7. Kobe Faker Says:

    2016 dmart is not as good as 2015 dmart doug martin will not be productive when he comes back

    2016 run offsive line is not as good or will be as good as the 2015 run offensive line

    “Kobe, why do they forget so easily?” Logan Mankins

  8. ARGH_M8E Says:

    WHERE’S THE BEEF?!?!?!

  9. jvato24 Says:

    Sims would be great with more zone run stretch type plays,

  10. Miko Says:

    I’ve said it before, the dancing, juking Sims is horrible as a runner. Maybe Barber needs a start here. At least he will plow forward….

  11. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    He looked a bit better than I expected. He definitely seemed winded on the sideline after a full series. Quiz was decent… He should get more touches this week and could surprise with a long run.

  12. rayjay1122 Says:

    Speaking of not being ready for prime time, I am dreading the beat down on Monday night by the stinking Panthers that is in our not so distant future.

  13. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    I said this before the game and I still think that Sims is better suited as a compliment back and 3rd downs, I thought we should of just inserted Rogers into Dougy’s role and kept everything norMal with Sims complimenting Rogers. Who looked good imo. Sims is not built to be a work horse, simple as that. And as I said during the game last sunday…When Winston has to drop back and throw over 50 times a game we do not end up winning those games. This offense is built of play action and if we can’t establish a running game then we’re usually in trouble.

  14. Mike Johnson Says:

    Sims is no Martin. But he played ok on Sunday. HE was definitely not the reason we lost. And you all know the reason..but won’t admit because..You are Buc Fans.

  15. 813bucboi Says:

    if dirk stuck to the run game and allowed the runners to get into a rhythm, we might see better production….you become 1 dimensional throwing 60 times a game….dirk should know better….GO BUCS!!!!

  16. dmatt Says:

    u r absolutely right…Sims reminds me of the second coming of former “stutter stepping” Mike Pittman. I would start Rodgers n relieve him with Sims. Sims is more redzone material than anything. I asked the following question in a previous post…did anyone really take close notice of the last play of Rams game? OL Pamphile trotted/watched Jameis run while Quinn ran past Pamphile as he continued to just watch Jameis get hit n then after the play motioned first down. What’s wrong with this boneheaded of a clown. There was still an opportunity for Jameis to score had Pamphile hustled to stop Quinn from
    tackling Jameis. Jameis would’ve made a play on the db coming his way from the 5 yd line.

  17. pick6 Says:

    he’s a bigger version of darren sproles or a quicker mike pittman. no shame in that, he will be very productive, and will be dynamic in the passing game his whole career. wasn’t terrible as a fill-in sunday, and had a decent average last year, but the bucs could really use a mike tolbert type if he’s going to be the primary guy for any period of time

  18. BringBucsBack Says:

    Have we already forgotten Mike James? MJ should be starting now. Simms is good as a pass catcher and relief duty. This pre-season (and all other seasons) Simms was the 4th or 5th best “runner” on this team. I’m confused as to why the Bucs, or anyone else are surprised that Simms is a sub-par runner. Bring MJ back; minimally, feature ‘Quizz.

    There were some great chances to run a draw 2-3 times in the Rams game…but not a one. Only one run to the outside, too. Everyone has to be better, especially the “D”. How about re-routing one receiver-EVER!

  19. Bucsfan91 Says:

    How can you assume that? He ran 13 times lol & had no room to run the ball.. Rodgers is no whereason near as good as sims… how about actually trying to establish the run? We threw the ball 58 times!
    The rams have a pretty good dline too, you’re writing sims off before he gets a real chance

  20. Bucsfanman Says:

    @813- The run game is so important. If we’re throwing the ball 35+ times a game, I’ll bet we’re losing. We need to figure it out. The Patriots do it every year with no-name RBs (except for Blount recently). Running the football keeps their defense on the field and ours on the side-line, resting.
    Figure it out Dirk! Jameis can’t be throwing 60 times a game.

  21. 813bucboi Says:

    @bucsfanman….exactly….GO BUCS!!!!

  22. Bucamania Says:

    Totally agree on Mike James. Could use him now. Sims dances to much. Quizz was much better out there. And stop tipping the ball to the other team, Chuck!

  23. crazy Says:

    Like Jim Kiick, Reggie Bush and Warrick Dunn he’s the guy you love to see get free but you need the Czonka’s and Alstott’s to get the tough yards – that’s what’s missing from the Bucs running attack.

  24. Mike Johnson Says:

    YEP..keep doing what Tampa Bay does best…assigning blame. The coaches did not have this team ready to WIN..period. Wonder who gets blamed when we lose to Denver? I know..The ghost of Lovie Smith!!!

  25. Warren Says:

    I don’t agree with this analysis. Sims was far from the problem. He contributed well and I can’t fault his effort. Room for improvement but he’ll have a better game with more practice and game reps as the feature back

  26. pick6 Says:

    i think mike james is not an option, after designating him waived\injured (which i thought they did), you can’t pick him back up for a few weeks. Peyton Barber wasn’t great in the preseason but he brings something different than the 2 little guys toting the rock in the absence of (also little but far more physical) doug martin

  27. Issic Haggins Says:

    Mike Jame ,Mike James ,Mike James………..Andre Brown in the mean time !!! OR Ray Rice 😡