Vulnerable Charles Sims

July 10th, 2018

Thin ice?

There is always a degree of tension when Joe sits down with the esteemed “Custodian of Canton,” the internationally popular Ira Kaufman, for a recording of “The Ira Kaufman Podcast.”

Why is that?

Well, Joe is no fan of receiving back Charles Sims. Oh, he seems to be a good guy but Joe thinks, aside from a few nice plays, Sims is grossly overrated and he simply cannot run the ball without trying to do a Bruno Mars routine when attempting to get outside.

Based on these same handful of plays, Ira thinks this Sims is the second-coming of Marshall Faulk. Generally, as a professional courtesy, Sims is rarely brought up between Joe and Ira as a result. When his name does arise, angst fills the air.

Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report leans towards Joe’s line of thinking.

Davenport studied vulnerable veterans and he believes if any running back is not going to make the final 53-man roster this September for the Bucs, it will be Sims.

… rookie undrafted free agent Shaun Wilson was a surprise standout in OTAs, displaying plus receiving abilities and a knack for special teams. If the youngster continues to stand out in training camp, the Buccaneers could face an interesting dilemma.

We know that Ronald Jones is (Tampa hopes) the team’s future in the backfield. Peyton Barber is the present (on early downs), at least for now. That leaves third-down duties for some combination of Sims, Jacquizz Rodgers and Wilson. It’s a good problem for the team to have, but it leaves that trio with very little margin for error this summer.

Rodgers, when called upon, hasn’t embarrassed himself as a runner. Sims? Pppffttt. Even Chris Myers, the preseason TV voice of the Bucs, refers to him not as a running back, but as a “receiving back.” He’s a one-trick pony.

Sims was on the open market for weeks during free agency and no one picked him up. The Bucs brought him back at a base salary just over the league minimum on a one-year pact. That should tell you something.

An added aside: Davenport also believes Ghost Johnson — remember him? — is on thin ice with the Bengals.

31 Responses to “Vulnerable Charles Sims”

  1. Bob in Valrico Says:

    As I recall Legarrette Blount was guilty of dancing at times at times .Bad blocking causes dancing and indecision. Kenny Bell stood out in underwear football,how did that workout?

  2. D-Rome Says:

    I think Charles Sims has similar skills to Christian McCaffery. Neither can really run the ball effectively but one has a coach that can get the most out of his skill set. The other…

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I like Sims….but if he gets beat out….he gets beat….it’s only business, Charles…..if he doesn’t….that’s fine too.

  4. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    And who gets cut when DeMarco MUrray comes aboard?

  5. Destinjohnny Says:

    I watch Heaps of sec football.
    Trai Tumer was picked just after him.
    I remember saying that sims must be a baller cause our offensive line was in shambles and turner is a stud…..
    5 years in this is our offensive line and backfield….

  6. Maze Says:

    So which Bucs running back had the best yards per carry last season? You betcha, Charlie Sims.

  7. Greg Says:

    It was stupid to re-sign the guy. Hes a running back that cant run. All of our backs (Sims, Jones, Rodgers) have the same style. We need an NFL proven (Not Barber) who can truck over someone on 3rd and short or goal line. Theres a reason we struggle in the redzone. Too soft!!!

  8. BucNole Says:

    I would go with Sims and let Rodgers walk.
    Keep the rookies RJ3 – Wilson plus Barber and Sims
    Who is the next FB/TE?????

  9. BucNole Says:

    There is soooo much wrong with this comment. . . .
    “We need an NFL proven (Not Barber) who can truck over someone on 3rd and short or goal line.”

    Barber is way better than queezy and has more power from what I see – he always seems to be falling forward

  10. Greg Says:

    Actually theres nothing wrong with my statement you just cant read. I never said I liked Sims, Quezzy as you put it, or barber. I think we have one of the worst backfields in the NFL. I like Jones but hes very small and not built to be a bell cow so Id like to see some better quality help. Adrian Peterson for example is still available. Not saying he should start but just to give Jones a break. Hes still more explosive than Barber will ever be and gives us more of a power running game. What the hell has Barber done to make people so high on him? Ive watched every game I see nothing special.

  11. Bucsfanman Says:

    Joe, that’s an insult to Bruno Mars!
    What else needs to be seen from this guy? First off, if he gets beat, he gets beat. He’s a one-trick pony who dances too much.

  12. SchwiftyBuc Says:

    Joe #2. Come on now. You are severely “misrepresenting” Ira in this “article”.

    I’ve listened to pretty much every single Ira Kaufman podcast, and never once has he likened Charles Sims to Marshall Faulk or any such running back. The only thing he’s said in defense of Sims on a regular basis is point out just how good he was in 2015 splitting carries with Doug Martin. And on this point I’d argue you simply cannot disagree.

    1000+ yards from Scrimmage and 5 yards per carry behind the leagues 2nd leading rusher is not a feat often accomplished. Since then, yes Sims has been simply awful as a runner, which is sad when you consider that he was still the team leader in yards per carry last season, but he still serves a vital role as a receiver out of the back field and in pass pro.

    For an added measure, you praise Adam Humphries for his Yac contribution last season but don’t afford Sims the same luxury. And you also have to consider to impact that Sim’s multitude of lower body injuries.

    If Sims could shake his debilitating habit of stopping to pump his feet in the hole he could yet again be a solid contributor. I don’t see it happening, but it would help this team tremendously if he could return to his 2015/opening game of 2016 when he juked out the entire falcons secondary for a spectacular touchdown.

  13. BucNole Says:

    @greg. . here’s the thing bucky. . .. you have zero idea what youre talking about. Your peterson comment alone deserves a medal for dumbest idea ever.
    done with you SMH

  14. joestang Says:

    Sims is terrible, slow and not that sure handed, should have let him go, we could use a punt returner.

  15. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Bruno Mars is not the only guy to make millions with those moves.

    Reggie Bush seems to come to mind…there are many…of course he’s not Marshall Faulk…but if we get him in space he can be deadly.

    One somebody does something once…there’s always the hope they can duplicate it a second time. That TD against the Dixie Chick was just spectacular.

    He broke six tackles with his “Bruno Mars” moves. It’s amazing.

  16. Reality_43 Says:


    2 TOTAL defenders touched him on that play. 3 guys over pursued and they all ran into each other. ABSOLUTELY nothing special about that play and there is something to be said about the O Line when the league’s 2nd best back and this joker both did well in 2015. Martin proved that last year, and Sims has proven it every year since. I have seen him juke himself right out of a play a half dozen times at least.

    Wilson should beat him with ease honestly.

  17. Buccfan37 Says:

    I like Sims also but he is certainly no bruiser RB. To bring him back when as you say nobody else had any interest might tell much about the overall state of the Bucs running game.

  18. BucNole Says:

    I personally dont have a prob if they stick with Sims on the roster.
    I would however not want to see him as a pure RB – the kid is a hybrid.
    He is more of a pass catcher than pure runner IMO.
    Bring him in on 3rd downs but dont always tip your hand by trying to run him.
    I would like to see him line up in the slot once in a while – maybe a slant – he has some wheels. He might still have more upside than Hump for all we know – he doesnt have that many touches

  19. SchwiftyBuc Says:


    If you can watch that play against Atlanta in real time and not come away impressed, then you’re simply ignorant to what a great play looks like, and your opinion is invalid and not even worth debating.

  20. Dooshlarue Says:

    Let’s just sign Shady McCoy when Buffalo cuts him after this little “hassle” he’s involved in blows over.
    Quality guy.

    Weren’t you pining for him last year or so Joe.
    He and JW would make a great duo.

    Punch and Grope!

  21. Frank Pillow Says:

    Sims= Matt Forte, at least in Lovie’s mind.

  22. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Have you seen the pics in the New York Post. If you haven’t just eaten google them.

    They are beyond disgusting…we’re not talking about a black eye or busted lip here…we’re talking really nasty damage that could only have been inflicted by repeated punching as hard as possible.

    No if “Shady” actually did that…in fairness he denies it…he won’t ever be playing football again unless it’s in a real life “longest yard”.

    Since he claims he didn’t do it perhaps we seeing a reprise of that tactic in the movie “Dirty Harry”. Remember when the creep paid somebody to beat the hell out of him so he could accuse Harry of police brutality. Take a look at her pic and tell me what you think.

  23. Dooshlarue Says:

    Nasty pics indeed.
    Always possible it could be a bogus claim a la a setup to take down that big cop Callahan.
    Relax…… everything’s gonna be alright…… smack.

  24. Pickgrin Says:

    If UDFA Wilson earns a spot on the 53 – Quizz would likely be the odd man out.

    Sims will very likely be a Buccaneer in 2018 and if he can stay healthy – he is likely to have a pretty good year I bet as the primary 3rd down RB.

  25. Roy T. Buford Says:

    The Bucs will have turned the corner at the RB position when Sims is no longer on the roster.

  26. Raptor63 Says:

    Thanks for Van Halen

    Go Bucs

  27. SB Says:

    I disagree with you this time D Rome. McCafferey is WAY better than Sims.

  28. Maze Says:

    Did someone just compare Sims to McCaffrey? Lol

  29. BigTruck Says:

    Joe I completely disagree with you on this. CS3 is solid player with an above average,yet limited skill set that fills a specific need on this team. If the guy was terrific all around he would have been drafted much higher than the 3rd round. Why do you trash the guy just because he’s not David Johnson?

  30. Anonymous Says:

    Sims should quit playing football and take up dancing. Tap dancing. Cause that’s all he does when he has the ball in his hands.

  31. Bobby M. Says:

    I think JR is the odd man out…..Sims is a much better pass blocker and catcher….I would assume he has some role on special teams. Rodgers simply being a veteran makes him more costly then Sims…..Bucs are “thrifty” when it comes to the depth.