Chris Simms: Blaine Gabbert Is A Top-48 Quarterback

May 19th, 2022

It’s always fun when former Bucs quarterback Chris Simms gives a formal segment on his stellar Unbuttoned podcast for NBC Sports.

Thanks, Chris!

A true quarterback film guru, Simms is in the midst of churning out his annual quarterback rankings. It’s a top-40 affair this year and Joe was wondering whether Blaine Gabbert would make the cut.

After all, Bucco Bruce Arians says Gabbert is one of the most underrated players in the NFL and has starter talent. So it was reasonable to think Gabbert might show up on a top-40 list in a 32-team league.

Well, Gabbert was a no-show on Simms’ list when Nos. 36 through No. 40 were revealed. So Joe sarcastically alerted Bucs fans via Twitter to not hold their breath for Gabbert to appear in the No. 31 through No. 35 group.

“I love that JoeBucsFan,” Simms said began. “What up, my man?”

Simms doesn’t like the mixed backup-quarterback messages coming out of Tampa, he said, but his rejection of Gabbert is about proving it on the field.

“So Blaine Gabbert, I know the talent. It is real. I get it,” Simms said of the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. “I guess what I would just say is I haven’t been able to really see him play in a real situation in a long time. So that’s hard for me to just say, ‘Ok, I’m going to throw him out there on the list.’

“… I know he has real talent. He was on my final 48 or whatever. But it’s just like I haven’t seen him do it. And that’s the hard part for me with this list and guys like that.”

Joe hopes Kyle Trask finds a way to make Simms’ list next season.

Enjoy today’s Ira Kaufman Podcast! The Sage of Tampa Bay sports has plenty to say after the Bucs’ first OTA practice of the year. 

35 Responses to “Chris Simms: Blaine Gabbert Is A Top-48 Quarterback”

  1. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    Nothing against Trask, but I don’t wanna see that next year. That would mean Brady missed some time

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    Bucsfan4ever … Agree totally, and don’t want to see TB12 miss any games. But then I thought … ‘IF Trask does make Simms’ list, it’d also mean that Trask beat out Gabbert for the backup slot AND did very well for us in the games he played in’. Stay positive; this season’s gonna be hard enough as it is.

  3. Buczilla Says:

    The only list that Gabbert deserves to be on regarding the nfl is it’s unemployment list.

  4. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    I guess if Trask played the last two games because we didn’t need them….

  5. Beeej Says:

    As long as Brady is the man, we’re all in for a super bowl, and Trask isn’t gonna pass Gabbert at #2. After THAT, he’ll have a chance

  6. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I seriously doubt that Brady will be here next year. And if Trask is unable to beat out Gabbert, he will be our QB, unless we make a deal for someone else.
    I am not a Gabbert Hater, like some here are

  7. D-Rome Says:

    Since Blaine Gabbert beat out Colin Kaepernick for the starting job in San Francisco all those years ago I guess that means Kaep can be no better than 49th.

    That should (but won’t) shut up all the ignorant people out there who think Kaep is or was a top 32 QB over the past few years.

  8. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Brady will always be a Patriot who played for the Buccaneers. What he has accomplished is much appreciated. Trask will always be a Buccaneer imo. It’s too bad that some people here treat him like he’s the enemy. Gabbert is just collecting a paycheck. He has already proven that he’s not a starter in the NFL.

  9. Wild Bill Says:

    Hard to judge a qb who has had zero impact with the Bucs. Did not make much of an impression in preseason games. Holds a clip board ok .

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’m wondering where “America’s QB” will fall on Simms’ list…..

  11. PSL Bob Says:

    I don’t get it either. Maybe with BA in the back of the bus now, Trask will have a real opportunity to compete for the backup spot.

    Remember during the brief period when Bray was retired? All we talked about was would it be Gabbert or Trask leading the Bucs or would we get a FA QB? Well, we’re likely going to be in the exact same boat after this season is over. We’ll have a very late draft pick, so unless we mortgage the team and trade up, we’ll have to find a FA QB or go with either Gabbert or Trask. They need to compete this year to really see who can lead the team forward. I just don’t see Gabbert being that guy.

  12. A Bucs Fan Says:

    I didn’t like Clyde’s comments on Trask and I’m glad Todd Bowles came out and said he would be able to compete with Gabbert (like he should).

    Truthfully, Gabbert’s position on the roster seems secure because he is friends with Clyde and BA. Not necessarily what he can do on the field.

    Time will tell I guess.

  13. Allbuccedup Says:

    Gabbert not even a top 65 qb he did not have a nfl job in 2019.

  14. Buc92’ Says:

    The gabbert experiment is over after this season thankfully, Bowles ain’t going for that nonsense plus Brady will be gone … Clyde , gabbert, & Arians are drinking buddies… The foolishness stops soon , keep progressing Trask!


  15. Pewter941 Says:

    I would say top 96

  16. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Blaine Gabbert is a top 5 backup in the NFL. No idea why he gets so much hate. Not every quarterback is Tom Brady.

  17. BucBoy Says:

    Bucs tight end Cam Brate yesterday said this about Trask in practice: “I thought Kyle did an AWESOME JOB, and he made a couple of GREAT THROWS. I think the FUTURE IS REALLY BRIGHT for Kyle. OBVIOUSLY THE ARM TALENT IS THERE.”

    Well, let me tell you this. Bucs tight end Bates doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Our very own couch-potato-keyboard-warrior Rod Munch has assured in his numerous comments on this site that he has personally seen videos of Trask on YouTube and Trask CAN’T THROW!!!

    Joe, you need to stop posting what NFL players say; Rod Munch knows best!

  18. Tbbucs3 Says:

    “The gabbert experiment is over after this season”

    Buc92, what do you mean by “experiment”, Gabbert is being paid to be backup to To. Brady and has filled that role very well mostly in terms of being another coach and having a good sideline connection w Brady.

    By your logic all 32 NFL backups are “experiments”….way to many Trask fan boys on here smh….

  19. 1sparkybuc Says:

    31 other NFL teams had absolutely no interest in signing Gabbert as a backup, forget about starter. When Brady is gone, I’m betting the Bucs will win games with the roster Licht has built around him. He will definitely have the weapons and OL he needs, and the defense has a core to build on. I believe Trask will do well.

  20. RPK Says:

    Chris Simms is the biggest clown in sports media

  21. BucBoy Says:

    “Tbbucs3 Says:
    …way too many Trask fan boys on here smh”

    Did you ever say there were “way were too many Jameis fan boys on here”? No, because you’re a Jamoist-jersey-wearing FSU fan who is a fan boy only of tattooed thugs.

    Trask has done nothing but work hard and do what he’s been told. Everyone should be a fan of that. But he’s got the wrong “look” for some, if you know what I mean, right?

  22. BUCman Says:

    I agree that everyone should be a Trask fan at this stage. He has done nothing to draw so much doubt & criticism. He has been extremely successful at every level and has worked hard and done everything asked of him since the Bucs drafted him. The fact that he has received no playing time or practice reps is not a reflection of his ability. It is solely due to circumstance. Currently we have the greatest QB of all time as a starter making a Superbowl run. This circumstance requires a veteran backup, not a rookie who has never played in the NFL. We could not ask for a better situation, being able to develop our future QB1 in the wings while at the same time competing for a Superbowl.

  23. Oneilbuc Says:

    Bucboy . Why do it matter what school a quarterback go to with this fan base ? I was rotting for Jamies and I was told that I’m a FSU fan or I’m just rotting for Jamies because he’s black. They told me I was mad because we won a superbowl with a white quarterback instead of a black quarterback wich is crazy to me . Now they call me a gator fan because I like what Trask done in college and we drafted him in the second round so I’m rooting for guy . Plus I want my own quarterback yall should be tired of this franchise not developing quarterbacks regardless who they played for in college. This franchise has failed with heisman trophy winning quarterbacks , National Championships winning quarterbacks and now we have the number one ranked quarterback in college in 2020 and he’s a problem. How much longer or going to keep blaming the quarterbacks and not the franchise?? Or when are we going to support our young quarterback and hope they become our franchise quarterback and right now Trask is getting the treatment as Jamies and all the rest of the quarterback that the bucs drafted . Lol 😆

  24. Jimmy Says:

    >>> He has done nothing to draw so much doubt & criticism. <<<

    You could have stopped at “nothing.” When a second-round pick can’t even do enough in practice to justify wearing a baseball cap on the sidelines during games, he deserves all the doubt and criticism he gets. Unless you are trying to say Bucs coaches are deliberately trying to ruin his career. The NFL ain’t Florida where mistakes are allowed to have roster spots because he’s banging a cheerleader whose father is a Bull Gator.

  25. SlyPirate Says:

    The year BG is the starter, is the last year he’ll play in the league. He’s carved out an 11-year career as a backup. Good for him.

  26. BucBoy Says:

    Oneilbuc. You ask, “Why does it matter what school a quarterback went to with this fan base?” It shouldn’t. But it clearly does based on the comments I read here (not yours).

    I see way too many people here who trash Trask. Why? Is it because he was a stellar quarterback in the most competitive conference in college football, the SEC? Can’t be that. Is it because he set multiple SEC passing records, and did so in a shortened 10-game all-SEC schedule? Can’t be that. Is it because of his poor play with the Bucs? Can’t be that (he hasn’t frikin played!).

    So what is it? The only things left are: (1) school; (2) race; (3) his critics are morons; or (4) all of the above. I say it’s (4).

  27. BucBoy Says:

    Hahahahaha, look at Jimmy above, another Trask-hating Gator-hater. Still wears the jersey of the FSU rapist.

  28. BucBoy Says:

    Hahahahaha. Look at Jimmy’s comment above. Another miserable Trask-hating Gator-hater. Didn’t get in to the University of Florida so he went to Tallahassee Community College and then trasferred to FSU. BWAHAHAHAHA.

  29. ModHairKen Says:

    “ Joe hopes Kyle Trask finds a way to make Simms’ list next season.”

    Yes, because it is the preeminent list by a former superstar. Good Lord.

  30. Capt.Tim Says:

    Gabbert has enough talent to be an NFL starter.
    Unlike Trask, who I doubt will ever play much-if at all.
    Gabbert was screwed. No one could have won on that Jags team.
    I still hope we get Baker Mayfield on this team.
    We know Brady is leaving- almost certainly next year.
    Get Mayfield in here- and we keep rolling.

    Gabbert is good. Mayfield has already been great.

  31. don g Says:

    Mayfield?? Oh hec no I believe in Trask Go Gators Go Bucs

  32. BucBoy Says:

    “Capt.Tim Says: Mayfield has already been great.”

    Put aside your Gator-hatred. No NFL team agrees with you. Mayfield is a twerp who had a 17:13 TD:INT ratio last season. He sucks. One of the biggest Round 1:Pick 1 busts of all time.

  33. Wild Bill Says:

    All I am saying is give Trask a chance. So far he has had almost no opportunity to show what he’s got. Way too much hate on the kid so far. Big talk from pot bellied bald headed beer guzzling arm chair experts whose opinions don’t mean sh*t. 😜

  34. steele Says:

    History lesson. Kaepernick was benched, Gabbert was all SF had at the time. He played well enough to win a few games, then sucked bad enough that they put Kaepernick back in, then Gabbert replaced him again, then Gabbert was dumped for good in favor of….Christian Ponder. The glorious 49er era.

  35. Oneilbuc Says:

    Bucboy. I’m with you bro I like Trask as well and I hate that our fan base is not getting behind him . I don’t know what Trask is as well but at the same time I rooting for him and I also believe he’s better than Gabbert. I just wonder if he’s getting a fair shot . I believe true competition is practicing with the starters not a bunch of players that’s not going to make the team. I still believe Trask can be a good quarterback and I really hope he’s the starting quarterback next year wich I think he will be. Go Bucs !!