August 20th, 2017

It’s rare for Dirk Koetter to say a player’s performance is “outstanding.”

He usually goes with “solid” or “strong” when a guy is playing well.

Well, one Bucs running back got the “outstanding” label from Koetter this weekend. On Saturday, Koetter was asked about his running backs crew and said Charles Sims has had an outstanding training camp.

Mostly that’s significant because it illustrates how much Koetter loves Sims’ game when Sims is healthy. And Sims has been just that all summer long.

Yes, Koetter loves him some Charles Sims. He remembers Sims rushing for five yards per carry (107 attempts) in 2015. And Sims caught four touchdowns and was the Bucs’ second-leading receiver that season with 561 yards.

In addition to practicing well in 2017, Sims looks a tiny bit quicker and bigger than usual. And he’s scampered for 29 yards in five preseason carriers, including three tough runs up the middle.

Those watching Chucky call Thursday night’s game on ESPN heard him rave about how Sims averages 10 yards per catch in his career, unheard of for a running back. Only All-Pro David Johnson of the Cardinals has been more prolific in recent years.

So where does this leave Sims? Well, Joe doesn’t believe Sims is about to start being a featured back anytime soon. But it should shutup those who thought his roster spot was/is in jeopardy.

And it means the Bucs will look to get Sims touches that set him up to explode for those 10 yards per catch. A healthy Sims qualifies as a “weapon for Winston.”

13 Responses to ““Outstanding””

  1. IndyBucsFan Says:

    “So where does this leave Sims? Well, Joe doesn’t believe Sims is about to start being a featured back anytime soon. But it should shutup those who thought his roster spot was/is in jeopardy.” Lmao joe, that you!

  2. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I was one of them who thought his roster spot was in jeopardy.
    I would much rather be wrong about Simms, then for him to be a wasted draft pick.

  3. Cobraboy Says:

    Beyond health, the wild card that solidifies Sims position has been the lack of game and development from McNichols.

    If the Martin/Sims duo can come close to 2015 when both were healthy, this could become the perfect ground game for Koetter’s offense.

  4. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Good Post Cobraboy. I too was hoping for more out of “The McWeapon”
    My concerns were about Simms getting through the line. He does not do well, against a stacked box.
    Once he is through the line, or out in space, lookout, because Simms is a handful.
    The addition of DJax should insure we see very little stacked boxes this year, compared to last year.

  5. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    Evans, Jackson, Brate and Howard. Jameis in shotgun at the 10. Simms motion out of the backfield out wide with Evans. Defense craps their pants.

  6. Dave Says:


  7. Kobe Faker Says:


    this is modern offensive play design..attack the pass defense of the worst pass defenders in open space

    with ME,Djax and brate down the seam…the middle of the defense is open for 20+ yards with a little dump, screen,slant…play cat and mouse and drive the defensive coordinator nuts . deep and short

    with sims size he can stiff arm break that initial contact and run to daylight…high probable offensive play calling

    these dump plays are relieving some of the pressure from jameis. godwin, oj, and sims are the best route runners and can separate and make plays by themselves.

    last year, jameis lead the league with air yards. absolutely no help from the relievers to rac and help jameis from all the playmaking

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  8. Guzzie Says:

    McNichols looked good versus backups, so did Barber, we need to put Doug on the bench next week, get the other guys prepared for weeks 1-3, Quizz and Sims got a little run with the first team, neither looked good

  9. Capt. Blighe Says:

    I agree Martin needs to sit so we can figure out who is starting weeks 1-3.
    I’m thinking Barber ?

  10. Lion Says:

    The real question is where does this leave Mcnichols? Is he on the verge of the chopping block? I can’t see us carrying 5 RBs on the active roster once Doug’s suspension is over.

  11. Dreambig Says:

    I think if Sims is in, McNichols is out. Late round pick, couldn’t participate much in OTAs. If he was a bright, motivated young man, he would have been bustin his tail and had his nose in the playbook all off season so it wouldn’t be holding him back now. Deck is stacked so high against 5th round players, he should be working extra hard. He might end up on the practice squad.

  12. Pick6 Says:

    if sims is well liked by coaches, my bet would be on j rodgers to get cut. Doug is clearly the best of the bunch when healthy, mcnichols is guaranteed to get at least this season to prove something, and barber brings something different to the group. that leaves sims, who has shown flashes of special ability with the ball in his hands, and rodgers who is a solid but not amazing all-around vet who has been cut after training camp multiple times at this point. assuming good health (which is always a risky assumption) there isn’t much of a choice there

    if the team feels too strongly about the reliability of a vet like rodgers despite the fact that he hasn’t blown anyone away this preseason, then i think a trade of sims is far more likely than a trade of doug martin

  13. daveman Says:

    Marlon Mack would have been a better fit. Just sayin.