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Chris Simms takes an unfiltered look at the NFL, featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown, and stories from a life in and around football.


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Chris Simms takes an unfiltered look at the NFL, featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown, and stories from a life in and around football.



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Simms Top 40 QB Countdown #30-26: "Ready Rookies"

(0:00) Ahmed compares the drinks at the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby. (9:00) #30 J.J. McCarthy: “Stop reading the stats.” (22:00) #29 Bo Nix: “He’s a power, precision passer.” (33:40) #28 Jayden Daniels: “He has a get-out-of-jail-free card.” (44:35) #27 Michael Penix, Jr: “He is ready RIGHT NOW." (59:00) #26 Will Levis: “POWERFUL arm. Athleticism jumps out.” (1:08:35) “What’s My Grip?”: How much does a player's grip change going from the college ball to the NFL's?


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Tua Tagovailoa, Jared Goff & #AskMeAnything with Phil Simms

(0:00) Phil talks about Chris' cursing origins and playing sick (6:30) Drake Maye: Can he join the (many) other QBs who fixed their mechanics? (15:20) Bo Nix: "He makes plenty of power throws." (21:25) Kirk Cousins: "It will take a tremendous year by him to be the Falcons QB in Year 2." (34:50) J.J. McCarthy: "We need to see more pitches." (45:10) Rookie Timelines: Were Phil and Chris ready when they played their first game? (50:20) Jayden Daniels: Will Kliff Kingsbury maximize his game? (53:10) Daniel Jones: What does he need to do to win back the Giants? (1:03:10) Jared Goff: How much is his success due to Ben Johnson? (1:07:50) Tua Tagovailoa: How much should his contract extension be? (1:13:10) 2024 College QBs: Which ones is Phil keeping an eye on for next year's draft? (1:17:00) Backup QB Intel: Does knowing an opponent's signals really matter? (1:25:00) Giants Post-Parcells: Phil praises Ray Handley's "genius" (1:27:55) NBA vs NFL Athletes: Who can cross sports more easily? (1:30:40) Phil vs Chris: Who would win a fight in their prime? (1:35:00) What’s My Grip? Throwback Edition


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Simms Top 40 QB Countdown #35-31: "The Young & The Reckless"

(0:00) Ben Roethlisberger was underrated, even if he didn't know his grip. (4:30) Behind the Curtain: What changed in this year's Top 40 process? (7:30) #35 Jameis Winston: "Arguably the best big-play backup QB in the NFL. But there’s a DGAF aspect that you can’t completely trust.” (16:10) #34 Bryce Young: "Great natural feel for the QB position. But there are too many games where he’s overwhelmed, and that scares me.” (27:15) #33 Sam Darnold: “He still has starting-caliber traits, especially his quick release. But he’s been in bad situations that expose his mechanical flaws.” (24:40) #32 Anthony Richardson: “His skillset alone makes defenses change the way they play. Sky’s the limit. But we obviously need to see him play more.” (44:30) #31 Ryan Tannehill: “He can’t do the above-and-beyond anymore. But if you give him a few pieces, he can still get it done, especially downfield.” (54:35) “What’s My Grip?”: After failing Monday, can Chris go 5-for-5 today? (1:01:35) Homies react: Why is Kenny Pickett over Gardner Minshew? And why didn't Aidan O'Connell make the Top 40?


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Simms Top 40 QB Countdown #40-36: "My last pain in the ass"

(0:00) Shoutout to our YouTube viewers (3:45) Simms Top 40 QB Countdown: "This is a QB depth chart, and it's about RIGHT NOW." (6:30) 2023 QB Countdown Review: "The NFL has more of an offensive coordinator problem than a QB problem" (19:20) #40 Jarrett Stidham: "He will make life hard for Bo Nix to waltz right in and start" (26:45) #39 Gardner Minshew: "Infectious grit, you wanna root for the guy … just not gonna make wow plays” (34:55) #38 Kenny Pickett: "No glaring weaknesses, but no real strengths." (42:55) #37 Joe Flacco: "Fearless to a fault. Need to save him from himself...He’s not good on a bad team." (53:05) #36 Jacoby Brissett: "He’ll be a good leader/teacher for Drake Maye." (59:55) "What’s My Grip?": Can Chris go 5-for-5 on today's QBs?


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NFC Burning Questions; "I know his grip"

(0:00) Chris and Ahmed brainstorm more ideas for the upcoming Top 40 QB Countdown (4:00) NFC West Burning Questions: 49ers CB concerns, Rams post-Aaron Donald, Geno Smith vs Sam Howell, and Cardinals rookie starters. (29:45) NFC South: Buccaneers pass rusher, Saints aging defense, Falcons pass rush, and Panthers weapons for Bryce Young. (50:30) NFC North: Jameson Williams leaping, Jordan Love's jump-off, Vikings run game, and Bears pass rush (1:13:40) NFC East: Cowboys RBs, Eagles coordinators, Giants O-line, and Commanders protecting Jayden Daniels.


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AFC Burning Questions + "The old crotch sleeves!"

(0:00) Were Ahmed's pits sweaty at the Derby? (6:25) AFC West Burning Questions: Chiefs post-L'Jarius Sneed, Raiders starting QB, Bo Nix, and Jim Harbaugh's offense. (32:20) AFC South: Texans new defenders, Trevor Lawrence's weapons, and next steps for Anthony Richardson & Will Levis. (56:30) AFC North: Ravens O-line overhaul, Deshaun Watson's future, Arthur Smith's offense, and the Bengals big boys. (1:15:20) AFC East: Bills WRs, Dolphins toughness, Aaron Rodgers, and Drake Maye's timeline.


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2024 Rookie Predictions: This year's Puka Nacua?

(0:00) Who sounds like the Billy Madison lunch lady? (2:30) More 2024 Draft thoughts: Which 4 teams got "A" grades from Connor? Plus the guys disagree on the Falcons SECOND pick. (18:40) Rookie QB Predictions: Who will be this year's C.J. Stroud? Will Levis? Aidan O'Connell? (27:10) Rookie RBs: This year's Bijan Robinson? De'Von Achane? (32:45) Rookie WRs: This year's Zay Flowers? Puka Nacua? (40:30) Rookie TEs: This year's Sam LaPorta? Dalton Kincaid? (48:10) Rookie OL: This year's Peter Skoronski? Dawand Jones? (51:40) Defensive Rookie of the Year odds: Should we flip the 2 favorites? (56:30) Rookie DTs: This year's Jalen Carter? Kobie Turner? (1:03:40) Rookie EDGEs: This year's Byron Young? (1:09:50) Rookie LBs: This year's Ivan Pace, Jr? (1:11:25) Rookie DBs: This year's Devon Witherspoon? Brian Branch?


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Best Picks of 2024 Draft: "We both slur when we're sober"

(0:00) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and other draft party songs (3:45) 2024 Draft QBs: Is Bo Nix 137 picks better than Spencer Rattler? (9:50) Falcons: With more days to digest, does the Michael Penix pick make more sense now? (23:05) Vikings: J.J. McCarthy fits Kevin O'Connell's offense (27:25) Broncos: Can Bo Nix make them a playoff team right now? (30:05) Offensive Rookie of the Year: Should Malik Nabers have better odds than Marvin Harrison Jr? (37:25) Best Draft Picks in Round 1 & 2: The Eagles impress, yet again. (41:10) Round 3: Chargers, Cardinals, Steelers, and Bills (54:00) Round 4: Raiders & Ravens (1:00:35) Round 5: Bears & Dolphins (1:05:20) Round 6: Seahawks & Patriots (1:11:45) Round 7: Panthers (1:14:40) Good draft classes: Chris also liked what the Bengals, Commanders, Buccaneers, and Rams did. And shocker, Ahmed liked what the Lions did. (1:28:25) Simms Top 10 Draft Contest: Did anyone perfectly predict the Top 10?


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2024 NFL Draft Round 1 reactions: QUARTERBACKS!!!

(0:00) Welcome to the barn (4:15) #1 Bears - QB Caleb Williams (7:00) #2 Commanders - QB Jayden Daniels (9:30) #3 Patriots - QB Drake Maye (12:20) #4 Cardinals - WR Marvin Harrison, Jr. (14:25) #5 Chargers - T Joe Alt (16:30) #6 Giants - WR Malik Nabers (19:00) #7 Titans - T JC Latham (21:15) #8 Falcons - QB Michael Penix, Jr. (26:30) #9 Bears - WR Rome Odunze (29:55) #10 Vikings - QB J.J. McCarthy (32:20) #11 Jets - T Olumuyiwa Fashanu (35:05) #12 Broncos - QB Bo Nix (38:45) #13 Raiders - TE Brock Bowers (41:10) #14 Saints - OL Taliese Fuaga (43:35) #15 Colts - EDGE Laiatu Latu (45:50) #16 Seahawks - DT Byron Murphy II (48:00) #17 Vikings - EDGE Dallas Turner (51:40) #18 Bengals - T Amarius Mims (55:00) #19 Rams - EDGE Jared Verse (57:10) #20 Steelers - T Troy Fautanu (59:40) #21 Dolphins - EDGE Chop Robinson (1:01:45) #22 Eagles - CB Quinyon Mitchell (1:08:05) #23 Jaguars - WR Brian Thomas, Jr. (1:10:25) #24 Lions - CB Terrion Arnold (1:17:50) #25 Packers - OL Jordan Morgan (1:20:05) #26 Buccaneers - OL Graham Barton (1:22:00) #27 Cardinals - DL Darius Robinson (1:23:45) #28 Chiefs - WR Xavier Worthy (1:26:20) #29 Cowboys - OL Tyler Guyton (1:28:15) #30 Ravens - CB Nate Wiggins (1:30:35) #31 49ers - WR Ricky Pearsall (1:32:50) #32 Panthers - WR Xavier Legette (1:34:55) Round 1 recap


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2024 Draft Buzz & Prop Bets + Australian words

(0:00) Jay explains the struggles of having an Australian accent in America (9:20) Drake Maye: "Nobody in my world has him in the Top 5 convo" (13:30) Caleb Williams & Jayden Daniels: Are they both locks for the Top 2? (16:30) JJ McCarthy: He's favored to go Top 5. Should he be? (20:25) Michael Penix Jr. & Bo Nix: Who will be drafted first? (24:00) QBs: Are we a lock to see 5 go tomorrow night? (26:15) Draft betting markets: How have they changed? What drives the market: mock drafts or inside information? (32:05) 1st non-QB drafted: "I don't know anyone who has Marvin Harrison Jr ranked above Malik Nabers" (35:10) 1st OL drafted: Is it Joe Alt or JC Latham? (38:15) Rome Odunze: Could he fall out of the Top 10? (41:30) 1st defender drafted: The Bears like Byron Murphy...but could he go ahead of Dallas Turner? (46:10) 1st CB drafted: Cooper DeJean is rising, and Nate Wiggins is falling? (47:55) Brian Thomas Jr.: Could the Chiefs trade up for him? (52:00) Offensive linemen: Will 10 go in Round 1? (57:50) Brock Bowers: Will he go Top 10? (1:00:50) Defensive Players: Is 11 too high a number for Round 1? (1:04:10) Total Draft Day trades: Does recent history favor the under? (1:10:00) #AskMeAnything: Patriots sitting Drake Maye, Giants drafting an OL, Michael Penix's mechanics, 4/20 stories, and a reverse draft. Plus, Chris makes a bet.


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2024 Mock Draft: Six QBs & trades galore

(0:00) Making a Mock Draft: These things are effing hard. (11:10) #1 Bears (12:15) #2 Commanders (15:10) #3 Vikings (trade w/ NE) (18:45) #4 Cardinals (20:45) #5 Chargers (22:45) #6 Giants (22:35) #7 Titans (24:50) #8 Falcons (26:20) #9 Bears (28:10) #10 Jets (30:50) #11 Patriots (trade w/ MIN) (32:40) #12 Broncos (35:10) #13 Raiders (36:30) #14 Saints (39:00) #15 Colts (40:35) #16 Eagles (trade w/ SEA) (42:10) #17 Jaguars (45:35) #18 Bengals (48:05) #19 Seahawks (trade w/ LAR) (50:15) #20 Steelers (52:05) #21 Dolphins (53:15) #22 Rams (trade w/ SEA) (55:15) #23 Patriots (trade w/ MIN) (56:40) #24 Cowboys (58:10) #25 Packers (59:55) #26 Buccaneers (1:00:50) #27 Cardinals (1:02:10) #28 Bills (1:03:40) #29 Lions (1:05:05) #30 Ravens (1:06:45) #31 49ers (1:10:30) #32 Chiefs


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Round 1 Safeties? + Higher/Lower on 2024 Draft LBs

(0:00) Chris is done with his draft film and feeling fine (4:40) Scouting Safeties: The game has evolved to multiple positions within one. (10:20) #1 S Cooper DeJean (Iowa) (21:00) #2 S Ennis Rakestraw, Jr. (Missouri) (28:20) S Tyler Nubin (Minnesota) (34:55) S Javon Bullard (Georgia) (40:55) S Jaden Hicks (Washington State) (46:50) S Cole Bishop (Utah) (52:55) S Calen Bullock (USC) (1:00:15) Scouting Linebackers: "Our old school thumpers are not a thing anymore" (1:06:40) LB Edgerrin Cooper (Texas A&M) (1:13:25) LB Payton Wilson (NC State) (1:19:50) LB Junior Colson (Michigan) (1:26:15) LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr. (Clemson)


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Eagles extend DeVonta Smith + 2024 Draft WR Comps

(0:00) Connor's shirt gets scrutinized (5:20) 2024 Draft WR Comps: Is Marvin Harrison Jr. more A.J. Green, or Michael Thomas? (34:10) BREAKING NEWS: DeVonta Smith & Eagles 3-year extension (40:20) Brandon Aiyuk: If a team offers a 1st round pick, should the 49ers trade him? (45:10) Quinyon Mitchell: Could he be a fit for the Chargers? (49:05) JJ McCarthy vs Drake Maye: Who will go first? (57:00) Mid-Round QB Prospects: Thoughts on Joe Milton, Spencer Rattler, Jordan Travis (1:00:55) Tough evaluations: Dallas Turner has the traits, but will he translate to the NFL? (1:09:40) Lowest floors: Concerns about Terrion Arnold, Chop Robinson, Amariums Mims, and Olu Fashanu. (1:13:40) Film watching: How many games does Chris watch for each prospect? (1:16:15) Coach input: How does a coordinator affect a team's big board? (1:20:00) Dak Prescott: Would any team at the top of the draft trade their pick for the Cowboys QB? (1:22:40) Chargers: Are they a lock to draft Joe Alt? (1:25:20) Giants: Is Bo Nix a target for them? (1:26:40) Bears: Who fits them best: Byron Murphy, Jared Verse, or Dallas Turner? (1:30:50) Jets: Brock Bowers, Rome Odunze, or Troy Fautanu for them at #10? Plus, we finish with thoughts on their new uniforms


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Brock Bowers TE1 + Higher or Lower on 2024 Draft RBs

(0:00) Scouting TEs: Is this the year we see Kyle Pitts unlocked? (12:55) TE Brock Bowers (Georgia) (32:30) TE Ja'Tavion Sanders (Texas) (38:15) Scouting RBs: Chris self-scouts his past rankings. (42:05) RB Jonathon Brooks (Texas) (48:10) RB Trey Benson (Florida State) (56:20) RB Blake Corum (Michigan) (1:01:10) RB Jaylen Wright (Tennessee) (1:07:25) RB Braelon Allen (Wisconsin) (1:14:15) RB MarShawn Lloyd (USC) (1:22:20) RB Audric Estime (Notre Dame)


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2024 Draft DT Rankings: "He came out swole"

(0:00) Scouting DTs: Why do so many play out of position in college? (20:50) #1 DT Byron Murphy II (Texas) (31:50) #2 DT Darius Robinson (Missouri) (40:50) #3 DT DeWayne Carter (Duke) (49:30) #4 DT Jer’Zhan Newton (Illinois) (57:35) #5 DT Ruke Orhorhoro (Clemson) (1:08:20) Honorable Mentions: Michael Hall Jr, Kris Jenkins, Braden Fiske, T’Vondre Sweat, Brandon Dorlus (1:28:10) One More Thing: Is a top-tier DT more important than a top-tier CB?


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Oregon QB Bo Nix 1-on-1 interview

(0:00) Bo’s favorite Oregon uniform (3:00) Growing up playing multiple sports, and why his dad didn’t let him play football right away (8:10) Developing mechanics as a youngster and realizing when he had a good arm (18:50) Following in his father’s footsteps at Auburn, and why he decided to transfer to Oregon (24:25) Film breakdown: Freedom to change plays at the line of scrimmage (28:50) Film breakdown: Going for the home run even when shorter completions are available (33:55) Film breakdown: Throwing lasers with little setup and perfecting mechanics (43:35) Film breakdown: Elite scrambling ability (48:05) Film breakdown: Backyard football


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Stefon Diggs traded to Texans + 2024 Draft OL Ranks

(0:00) OL Scouting: Is a Top 10 O-lineman really a "safe" pick? (19:30) #1 OT JC Latham (Alabama) (28:40) #2 T Joe Alt (Notre Dame) (38:30) #3 T Amarius Mims (Georgia) (49:00) #4 T Olumuyiwa Fashanu (Penn State) (58:55) #5 T Tyler Guyton (Oklahoma) (1:03:55) BREAKING NEWS: Bills trade Stefon Diggs to Texans (1:09:10) #1 iOL - G Taliese Fuaga (Oregon State) (1:14:30) #2 iOL - G Troy Fautanu (Washington) (1:18:20) #3 iOL - G Graham Barton (Duke) (1:22:40) #4 iOL - C Jackson Powers-Johnson (Oregon) (1:28:00) #5 iOL - G Jordan Morgan (Arizona)


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Devin McCourty on Draft CBs + QB Pro Day Reactions

(0:00) GUEST: Devin McCourty: Why Nate Wiggins is his top CB in the draft, and whether or not the Patriots need to draft a QB 3rd overall. (51:20) QB Pro Days: What did Chris see from Drake Maye, Michael Penix Jr, and Jayden Daniels? (1:09:15) #AskMeAnything: Your questions on Chris' EDGE draft rankings, the Falcons #8 pick, WRs as basketball players, drink/smoke ratio, and Ahmed's final high school at bat.


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2024 Draft EDGE Rankings

(03:35) Look at last year: what did Chris miss with Will Anderson? (09:35) Edge scouting: Why evaluating pass rush prospects is more straightforward than other positions (20:20) #1 Dallas Turner (Alabama) (33:20) #2 Laiatu Latu (UCLA) (44:40) #3 Jared Verse (FSU) (55:25) #4 Chop Robinson (Penn St) (1:06:45) Others Receiving Votes: A handful of players were in the running to be Top 5: Austin Booker (Kansas), Chris Braswell (Alabama), Jonah Eliss (Utah), Marshawn Kneeland (Western Michigan), Bralen Trice (Washington) (1:20:20) Draftkings: Who will be the first defender drafted? (1:23:40) Sleepers: Jalyx Hunt, Mohamed Kamara get some Robin Hood love


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2024 Draft CB Rankings: "My first man crush this year"

(0:00) High school QBs: An old stat line shows how much things have changed since Chris' days at Ramapo. (5:50) CB Scouting: Is speed more important here than any other position? (16:00) #1 Quinyon Mitchell (Toledo) (29:00) #2 Nate Wiggins (Clemson) (40:00) #3 D.J. James (Auburn) (47:45) #4 Max Melton (Rutgers) (56:45) #5 Decamerion Richardson (Mississippi St) (1:07:45) Honorable Mentions: Terrion Arnold, Kool-Aid McKinstry, Mike Sainristil (1:22:15) What about...Cooper DeJean, Ennis Rakestraw Jr., Renardo Green (1:31:40) L'Jarius Sneed trade: What does it tell us about how the league values CBs?