Chris Simms Doesn’t Believe The Bucs Are Hurting (That Badly) For A QB

March 8th, 2023

Drinks to Kyle Trask?

Joe supposes if you poll most fans who don’t wear any sort of blue and orange regalia, they’d say the Bucs are pretty much up s(p)it creek at quarterback.

The Bucs have Kyle Trask, who Bucs brass said over and over last week at the combine will “compete” at quarterback, and… nothing else.

So somehow, someway, former Bucs quarterback Chris Simms believes in Trask. Why does Joe say this? Nah, Joe didn’t get a chance to talk to Simms last week. Joe tried but three other sportswriters were in line waiting to interview him and Simms had to get back to the NBC Sports set to tape segments for “PFT Live,” seen weekdays on Peacock.

Simms yesterday Twittered out the six most dire NFL quarterback situations he selected along with the creator, curator and overall guru of Pro Football Talk, the great Mike Florio.

The Bucs did not make that list.

Joe is guessing Simms may have had a chat with Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht at an Indianapolis steakhouse. Maybe Florio, too.

Remember when Licht said Trask was the best quarterback in the NFC South recently? Of course, that’s no longer the case since the slimy Saints signed Derek Carr (what salary cap?).

But Simms and Florio have the Stinking Panthers and the Dixie Chicks on this list of dire quarterback situations and not the Bucs. So that tells Joe that Simms and Florio are led to believe the Bucs may not be without a paddle with Trask.

Joe wonders which of Trask’s three career completions sold Simms?

38 Responses to “Chris Simms Doesn’t Believe The Bucs Are Hurting (That Badly) For A QB”

  1. Leopold Stotch Says:

    Yo, wheres my “Morning Cup of Joe”?

  2. Hodad Says:

    He left his spleen off the list too.

  3. mg Says:

    Simms is another Traskaholic

  4. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    I think Trask is the perfect QB for the Bucs to go 3-14 this season. #collapseforCaleb

  5. gotbbucs Says:

    I think this just shows how low expectations are across the NFL for the Bucs.

  6. FortMyersDave Says:

    Perhaps Simms is guessing that the Bucs will be going with Trask and if they are somewhat competitive in the division then they have found a qb to build with while also clearing some cap space. If not and the season goes south as many think, well there are planty of qbs coming out for the ’24 draft and the Bucs would be in position to snag one if they go 4-13. Now, I am pretty sure Bowles is not in a mindset to plan ahead for 2024 but he certainly did not give us fans much confidence and hope judging by some of the game plans he put together in Pitt, Cleveland and Carolina. Sure blame Leftwich but Bowles allowed that train wreck to happen.

  7. The Tampa Bay Truth Says:

    The situation is not dire, because it is a full roster rebuild in Tampa.

  8. Alanbucsfan Says:

    It could be worse-
    How would you like to be a Giants fan looking at your team signing Daniel Jones for $40 million/year?

  9. Joe Swanson Says:

    Lamar can’t find a suitor and Daniel Jones an average quarterback gets 40 bills a year for four years. I would not even pay 20 mil for either one.

  10. SB~LV Says:

    Simm’s must be inhaling Janson’s combine smoke

  11. Mike C Says:

    Wow, I could not give a spit about college football (too many teams, uncompetitive games, and until just recently a terrible playoff system) but I am excited to see what the kid has got. For some reason “this Joe ” hates the guy and is nothing but negative about his chances. Is this the same Joe who was all over jaymiss? Seems like he has some college bias going on. BRO try being just a LITTLE optimistic and maybe we can get some good energy around here instead of this soul suck you are putting out on the franchise. I am not saying be all rah rah, and I get that negative gets clicks, but if you really are a fan Joe, try pumping up the team a little instead of sucking the life out of it.

  12. Bucs since 76 Says:

    Trask has yet to play a single snap in a NFL regular season or preseason for that matter with the starters. No one knows what he can do until given the opportunity to play with the starters. Trask was listed as 3rd string behind Gilbert that was another dumb move by the Bucs. You don’t draft a quarterback in the second round to be third string. Anybody who says he couldn’t beat Gilbert out remember he was never given the chance to do so.

  13. NEfan Says:

    gottbbucs@ hit the nail on the head, Bucs are overlooked because they will lack the ability to compete and can’t pay for an elite QB.

  14. JP09 Says:

    Na, Simms just understands Carr is overrated and has only won 44% of the he’s started

  15. Iron-Wombat Says:

    could be the bucs are just back to not being worth mentioning.

  16. Joe Swanson Says:

    The way the quarterback market is headed Trask could be an average quarterback for two years and demand a 40 mil a year contract.

  17. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Bucs since 76. Trask has played a single snap in the NFL, He has attempted 9 passes. And who is Gilbert?

  18. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    As far as I can remember…..Simms & Trask’s QB comparisons are similar in style…..Maybe that’s why Simms likes Trask.

  19. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Nah…Simms just feels better about himself when the Bucs are lacking at the QB position. He couldn’t bring himself to give Brady any credit/props…and loved it when the team floundered in 2022. If he’s a Trask fan…it’s because he knows that the fellow “#2” will likely have a mediocre Buc career ( at best ). Lots of similarities between the “deuces” Simms & Trask.

  20. 1sparkybuc Says:

    If the Bucs can get the OL situation squared away, Trask will have a winning record in his first season as the starting quarterback. The offense will certainly score more than 17 points a game, and he will be focused on the game, not other issues. A decent OC with the ability to make in game adjustments is a huge improvement over Leftwich. Last year was an embarrassment. 2023 won’t be. Trask has weapons to work with. Fix the OL and he’ll be fine. JMO

  21. McBucky Says:

    Maybe Simms just forgot to add the Bucs to the list?

  22. Infomeplease Says:

    If you can keep Trask upright in the pocket, he may be effective!! But that is going to be a the problem this year. Like last year when Brady was throwing the ball into the ground. Heck, in the past even Blaine Gabbert has looked decent when the oline allowed him to go thru his progressions.

  23. Goatfarmer Says:

    Another Crissy Simms pass batted down at the line of scrimmage. Funny how his best playing was under Gruden, who he hated, but never made it anywhere else. What a wilted flower.

  24. Chipbuc Says:

    I’m trying to stay positive on Trask being our starting Qb, but I just don’t see any scenario that Trask is going to be good this year. He may be after a few years of taking his lumps, but counting on him this year is a sure fire trip to 3 and 14. Brady was 8 and 10 with far more talent last year than Trask will have to work with this year. So logic says Trask is in for a long year with the team he will have this year. The Bucs in my opinion are going to take their medicine this year cap wise and record wise to set themselves up for next year. Just my opinion on what I’m seeing with the Bucs moves so far.

  25. Craig Says:

    I was, and remain, amazed at what Trask did with the Gators.

    That team was horrid, with bad coaching, and was built for a run around QB because their line was a sieve.

    He hit the gas and didn’t look back, eventually ended up at the SEC Championship game. The Gators lost that game only because Bama had a much better team. Trask almost kept up.

    I believe Simms is right about the Bucs not having that many problems with Trask close to becoming the Chosen One.

    He will look better than Hurts did in his first season, and will be anointed after the season as having earned another season.

    The question to me is how games the re-vamped defense will lose. I have higher confidence in Trask than I do in the Bowles cleaner

  26. Duane Says:

    The Trask haters have nothing but snark on their side of the argument. No facts, just snark. Like Joe’s snarky yakking about Kyle Trask’s grand total of 3 completions in the NFL.

    Well, Tom Brady had just one completion in the NFL in his first year in the league. And look what a bad quarterback he turned out to be.


  27. Mike Johnson Says:

    Trask is good for 6 wins this year.

  28. Nicholas Carlson Says:

    In another thread, I’m banging the drum for Lamar. In this one, I’ll say that if Trask were coming out this year he’d be one of the top QBs in the draft. His college production was sick!

  29. Duane Says:

    For all those who say college performance doesn’t matter, just what the hell do NFL teams depend on for scouting and drafting players every year, but for their play in college ball?

    OF COURSE a player’s performance in college matters. It is a straw man to claim that that’s all that matters, which only an idiot would ever say. But college film is the single biggest input for any scout and GM for whom to draft. Taking into account not only the player but their team, the teams they play, physical characteristics of a player, their athletic ability as measured in the underwear bowl that just concluded for another year, and of course team interviews and workouts of the players.

    But it all starts with college film and college production.

  30. BUCman Says:

    Joe, your constant hammering of Trask is getting old. It is not justified. He has done nothing to deserve it. He had a great senior year playing in the toughest conference in college football. So much so that he was a finalist for the Heisman trophy. The BUCS drafted him in the second round with the intention to use the “Brady years” as developmental years which is what they did. He has done everything asked of him and more since being drafted. The best scenario for the BUCS is if Trask’s development is a success. As a BUCS fan I can’t understand why you wouldn’t be more supportive of that goal.

  31. Stormy Says:

    Nobody is hammering Trask. He’s a big question mark at QB and it makes absolute sense to doubt him. His projected ceiling is “Brad Johnson”, which, in other words is ‘serviceable’. Sorry, you don’t blindly throw away a season to see what a ‘potentially serviceable’ QB has.

    He’s shown little to nothing and what he did in college at this point is irrelevant.

    Seems like those of you expecting the Joes to cheerlead and blindly proclaim everything is sunshine and unicorn farts are in the wrong place.

  32. Duane Says:

    Stormy – you have no idea what you’re talking about. NOBODY knows what Trask’s ceiling is, and especially not you.

  33. Stormy Says:

    Trasks projected ceiling and comparables were Brad Johnson. A game manager. Go back and check.

    He went at the bottom of the 2nd round for a reason.

    Take off your Gainesville homer glasses. I don’t know who is more hard core – the gator fan Trask fan club or the FSU honks who STILL insist that Jameis has gotten shafted.

  34. Kidfloflo Says:

    Stormy, if what u do in college is irrelevant, then why do some players go in the top ten and some not even drafted!?? Worst take I’ve heard in years

  35. Stormy Says:

    College doesn’t matter anymore because the Bucs have seen what they have in practice. If he was the sure fire superstar some of you Gainesville homers think he is, they’d have come out and named him the starter. They haven’t and all they’ve done is said he gets to compete for it.

    Additionally, these same Trask fans don’t want actual competition as their idea of that seems to be Drew Lock + a late round draft pick.

  36. RustyRhinos Says:

    Hey, Stormy. “His projected ceiling is “Brad Johnson”, which, in other words is ‘serviceable’.” Hmm… So to you, a Super Bowl-winning QB is just “serviceable”? Sign me right up to that QB. “The BULL” Simms lost his spleen and almost his life under our Buccaneer flag! He was never the same guy. Sad to see that happen. He has earned his Buccaneer and NFL cred. Always will be a Buccaneer I respect.

  37. Franklin Says:

    This is the guy who walked in on a couple watching TV in his Halloween costume and sat down to watch TV with them. The husband got up and hit him in the head with a vacuum cleaner. She called the cops who found him wandering the streets a few blocks away. I don’t think he is the voice of reason.

  38. Franklin Says:

    Sign Lock for 4 million on a 1 year prove it deal and use the whole draft on O line. Trask may end up the starter and the new Brock or Lock may end up the come back player of the year. It all starts with the guys up front.