Tag:Chris Simms
Posted on: May 4, 2011 12:26 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 2:34 pm

Chris Simms' pal trying to take rap in pot case

Posted by Andy Benoit

UPDATE 2:09 p.m. EST: On Wednesday Simms was acquitted in high-driving case.


It’s not often that you see a trial for marijuana charges (such issues arC. Simms (US Presswire)e usually settled outside of court). But Chris Simms is in court declaring his innocence of his misdemeanor pot charge.

The Titans quarterback was arrested July 1, 2010 in New York after a police officer stopped him for making a “tire-squealing turn” just before a sobriety checkpoint in lower Manhattan around 1 a.m.

The officer claims that Simms’ Mercedes-Benz SUV reeked of marijuana and that Simms slurred his words, walked unsteadily and said there wasn’t any marijuana in his possession because “he smoked it all in the car.”

Simms passed an alcohol breath test but declined a urine test that could have shown whether he’d used any drugs.

Simms, 30, claims that the officer misunderstood him and that what he actually said was "the guy in the back seat smoked marijuana." The guy Simms is referring to is friend Charles Granatell (a former quarterback at Bryant University, for what it’s worth).

Granatell is backing Simms’ story, saying Simms has never smoked pot in the 12 years they’ve known each other.

Granatell was asked in court why he didn’t tell police at the time of the arrest that he, and not Simms, was guilty of smoking the pot.
"I didn't get the chance to. ... (Simms' arrest) happened so fast," he said. "Go back and change it - I would if I could."

Simms could face up to a year behind bars if convicted. In January, he turned down an offer to avoid any jail time by pleading guilty to driving while impaired, a non-criminal violation. His punishment would have included a $500 fine and five days of community service.

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 4:27 pm

Chris Simms says no to deal, will face trial

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Titans backup QB Chris Simms today turned down a possible plea deal in his driving under the influence of marijuana charges, and his trial has been set for March 1, according to the Tennessean.

Simms If convicted, Simms could face up to a year in jail. If he had accepted the deal, he would have pleaded guilty to driving while impaired and would have been fined $500 with a 90-day suspension of his drivers license while having to perform five days of community service.

This is what Simms previously had told the Tennessean regarding the New York City police saying that Simms admitted to smoking marijuana.

"I can’t get into it, but what they have me quoted as saying is something I definitely didn’t say," Simms said. "I explained the story and exactly what happened to Coach (Jeff) Fisher. And Coach Fisher, if there is a coach to play for and be in that situation, he is the guy. I think he understood the dynamics of the story and hopefully he realized what kind of a guy I am. I just hope this thing goes away soon."

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Posted on: October 7, 2010 9:42 am
Edited on: October 7, 2010 9:42 am

Hot Routes 10.07.10: Who's got a Moss hangover?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- We’re going to try to keep the Randy Moss chatter to a minimum (the chances of this happening? Um, 15-20 percent?), but first, Vikings coach Brad Childress said the trade for Moss had nothing to do with where Sidney Rice is in his rehab from hip surgery. The chances of people believing that statement. Um, 15-20 percent?

- Titans CB Cortland Finnegan shows some (false?) bravado by “inviting” Broncos QB Kyle Orton, who said after last week’s game that Tennessee was a dirty team, to Nashville to visit him.

- When Michael Vick returns to health, Eagles coach Andy Reid said he’ll be the starting quarterback once again. Funny, I seem to remember Reid saying something similar about Kevin Kolb after he suffered a concussion in Week 1. And how’d that work out for Kolb?

- Arizona needs to figure out its QB situation if they want to have a chance to keep Larry Fitzgerald for the long term.

- For some reason, new Panthers WR David Clowney felt the need to call out the Jets organization for its short-sightedness on him. “Maybe being here, I can actually get an opportunity to run different routes and get involved as a full, complete receiver,” he said.

- Free agent QB Chris Simms is due back in court today for a hearing on his charge of driving under the influence of marijuana. Simms had been with the Titans before the team released him last month.

- For those who care about what Patriots fans think about the Moss trade, here’s your chance to read about it. For those who don’t care, here’s your chance to ignore a fan story about Randy Moss. Choose wisely.

- Cardinals RB Beanie Wells and coach Ken Whisenhunt finally had a meeting about Wells’ playing time.

- Brett Favre might want to avoid checking out Deadspin.com tomorrow. It might not be very pretty. Here's the NY Daily News' take.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 11:32 am
Edited on: September 4, 2010 9:23 pm

NFL cut day: updating the latest noteworthy moves

Posted by Andy Benoit & Josh Katzowitz

On this NFL cut day, we're monitoring all the media outlets and waiver wire action like a hawk so that you can make this is your one-stop shop for instant news and analysis on all the latest noteworthy cuts. Stay with us throughout the day.

Troy Williamson, WR, Jaguars
This isn't a hugely surpising move, because it never seemed that Williamson had a chance to make this team. The Jaguars are stocked with talented young receivers, and in the end, there wasn't a need for a former first-round pick who's had such a disappointing career (eight catched in the past two years with Jacksonville).

Dre Bly, CB, Lions
The Lions secondary has been brutal the past few years, and Bly was signed in the offseason to add a veteran presence. Bly wasn't that bad last year with San Francisco, but if he can't make a Detroit squad that's still in need of secondary help, that's not a real good sign for the health of his career.

Justin Hartwig, C, Steelers
He'd been the starter the previous two seasons in Pittsburgh, but along came rookie Maurkice Pouncey and took away his starting spot. Now, Hartwig's spot on the roster is gone. The team apparently had been trying to work out a trade for him but obviously failed to do so.

Spencer Havner, TE, Packers
Perhaps you haven't heard of Havner, who has recorded only seven catches in his two-year career. But reporters close to the team expressed surprise that Havner was sent packing, mostly because of his versatility and because he was decent-to-pretty good in so many different areas (receiving, blocking, special teams).

Max Jean-Gilles, OG, Eagles
This was an interesting transaction and didn't have much to do with his performance in the preseason. Since the Stacy Andrews trade occured after the 6 p.m. cutdown deadline, the Eagles had to cut Jean-Gilles to complete the 53-man roster. The Eagles are expected to sign him Sunday - Jean-Gilles is a vested veteran that doesn't have to clear waivers. Unless, that is, somebody else comes to him with a better offer.

Chase Coffman, TE, Bengals
The 2009 third round pick of the Bengals didn't see any playing time last year, because even though he was a strong receiver, he had tons to learn on how to block (he never really had to do it in college at Missouri). Though we didn't know it at the time, the first-round selection of Jermaine Gresham this year and the comeback by Reggie Kelly probably sealed Coffman's fate

Sam Aiken, WR, Patriots
He was the special teams captain for New England, and it appeared he had landed one of the final WR spots. But apparently his deficiencies as a WR were too much for the Patriots to handle. Plus, he lost his gunner job on special teams earlier in the preseason.

Derrick Burgess, LB, Patriots
He had a league-leading 16 sacks in 2005, and he was a Pro Bowler that year and the next. But his skills have steadily declined since then, and against the Giants in New England's final preseason game Thursdasy, Burgess was terrible. He couldn't defend the run or rush the passer. And if you can't do either, New England - which will struggle to rush the passer this season - doesn't want you.

Trent Guy, WR, Panthers
Not a big-name guy, but he's got a great story. In July 2008, Guy was shot in the back while leaving a nightclub, and he barely escaped paralysis and/or death. Read the complete story here on the Charlotte Observer web site. Alas, he'll likely end up on Carolina's practice squad.

Troy Smith, QB, Ravens
After signing Marc Bulger in the offseason, the Ravens shipped away John Beck and now have released Smith. The former Heisman Trophy winner had wanted a trade in the offseason, but the Ravens never got around to it. But who would take him? He's got speed but his accuracy is questionable, and he doesn't appear to have the tools to be an NFL starter. The Ravens will keep only two QBs on the roster for now.

Chad Jackson, WR, Bills

Thought to have first-round potential, Jackson was picked in the second round of the 2006 Draft by the Patriots. So far in his career, he's made exactly 14 catches. Jackson was out of football in 2009, and that's exactly where he's going in 2010 as well.

Kraig Urbik, OG, Steelers
A third-round pick out of Wisconsin in 2009, Pittsburgh expected big things out of the 6-foot-5, 325-pounder. But he had a rough preseason last year, and he struggled while adjusting to the NFL speed. He eventually lost his backup spot, and apparently, the Steelers - who even tried him out at center in the offseason - have no use for him anymore.

Tank Tyler, DT, Panthers
The Panthers gave up a fifth-round pick to get Tyler last season. He had his moments but, as was the case in Kansas City, he never put it all together.

James Hardy, WR, Bills
The 6’5”, high-leaping ’08 second-round pick has not been the same since blowing out his knee. The Bills were hoping he could capture the starting job vacated by Terrell Owens.

Rhys Lloyd, K, Vikings
He was brought in to be a kickoff specialist. Vikings likely decided he wasn’t worth the extra cost (perhaps because they’re already paying a little extra to that old guy playing quarterback). Ryan Longwell will be pleased – he didn’t want to give up the kickoff duties in the first place.

Jay Richardson, DE, Raiders
He was a starter a few years ago but has tailed off as of late. Teams should take a look at him, though. At his best, he’s one of the more impressive run-defending ends in football.

Will Blackmon, CB, Packers
The athletic but oft-injured cornerback/return specialist reached an injury settlement with the team.

Pierre Woods, LB, Patriots
We mention Woods only because the Patriots spent four years waiting for him to come around. Most non-achievers don’t last four months in New England. In the end, Woods never did come around. He was given an opportunity to work with the first unit last season, but in five starts he recorded zero sacks. (In fact, in four years total, he recorded just one sack.)

Chris Simms, QB, Titans
Known more for his name than anything. Would have been nothing more than the third-string option in Tennessee. Recent legal problems certainly could not have helped his cause. Titans will likely keep sixth-round rookie Rusty Smith as the No. 3.

Chevis Jackson, CB, Falcons
The competition for the starting cornerback job opposite Dunta Robinson has been so fierce that you forget about any Falcon corners being on the roster bubble. This explains the mild sense of astonishment we’re all feeling when we hear that Jackson, a third-round pick in 2008, has been waived. In his two years with Atlanta, Jackson mostly competed for reps at the nickel position. Jackson was never awful for Mike Smith; it’s a virtual guarantee that some team will quickly snatch him up.

Ian Johnson, RB, Vikings
By no means a big-name NFL player. But remember the Boise State running back who proposed to the cheerleader after scoring the winning touchdown against Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl? This is him.

Matt Leinart, QB, Cardinals
What a disaster this whole saga turned out to be. Leinart is officially a first-round BUST. For more, click here .

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Seahawks
Given that his $7 million salary was already guaranteed, the Seahawks basically said they simply didn't want the veteran wideout around. You have to figure attitude played a part . What else could result in the sudden release of a surefire 70-plus catch weapon?

Brandon Stokley, WR, Broncos

He was everyone’s favorite “scrappy slot receiver” before Wes Welker. But at 34 and having caught only 19 passes last season, he’s expendable. The Broncos have been impressed with Brandon Lloyd, and they figure to develop high-drafted rookies Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker.
Note: Stokley has a groin injury and, according to Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post, is still working out an injury settlement with the club. He's been placed on Injured Reserve, but when that's healed, he'll be released.

Jarron Gilbert, DT, Bears
Remember the San Jose State draft prospect who jumped straight out of a swimming pool last year? That’s about all the athletic defensive lineman is known for. Gilbert was drafted in the third round last season but hardly got on the field.

Allen Barbre, OL, Packers
Barbre, a fourth-round pick in 2007, showed up dripping with raw talent. However, things never materialized. Barber was victimized as a starter early last season and was never much of a factor in the ongoing job competition at guard.

Myron Rolle, S, Titans
The sixth-round rookie Rhodes Scholar was a favorite of the coaches. However, he lacked the necessary athleticism to thrive in the NFL. If he wants to continue with football, he could probably sneak on to a practice squad somewhere.

Jarvis Green, DE, Broncos
Seriously!? Green signed a four-year, $20 million free agent deal with the Broncos in March. He was a key contributor for eight years as a versatile downlineman in New England’s 3-4 scheme. But in Denver, Green eventually lost his starting job to Ryan McBean; the Broncos must have felt he was too expensive to be a backup (Green wound up walking away $3.225 million). With Ty Warren out for the season, the Patriots may want to consider bringing Green back.

Michael Clayton, WR, Buccaneers
Clayton has had one of the most enigmatic careers in recent NFL memory. He caught 80 balls for 1,193 yards as a rookie but has failed to top 38 receptions or 484 yards in the five seasons since. Injuries have never been a factor. Coaches say Clayton is the most impressive player in practice each week, but on Sundays, he pulls a Houdini. Bucs GM Mark Dominik must watch a lot of practice, as he gave Clatyon a new contract with $10 million in guarantees just last year.

Pat White, QB, Dolphins
The biggest name to get the ax (or is it axe?...why hasn’t society agreed on one spelling yet? ) thus far. Talk about wasting a second-round pick. White suffered a bad concussion late last season and was rumored to be questioning his football future earlier this summer. He wound up competing in camp, but the Dolphins no longer had a need for him after retaining Chad Pennington and bringing in Tyler Thigpen. Running back Ronnie Brown can continue to be the wild cat ace.

Josh Reed, WR, Chargers
This was to be expected after the trade for Patrick Crayton. Both are underneath possession receivers; Crayton, however, is a bit quicker and has been more productive in recent years.

Dave Rayner, K, Bengals
This means Mike Nugent has won Cincy’s kicking job.

Shayne Graham, K, Ravens
The longtime Bengal was expected to beat out Billy Cundiff for the Ravens kicking job. Apparently he didn’t. Cundiff has the stronger leg.

Donald Thomas, G, Dolphins
Arguably the most surprising cut thus far today – not because Thomas is a particularly good player (he’s not), but because he’s a third-year pro who started 12 games last season. Thomas badly struggled with his footwork and was too much of a plodder at times. The Dolphins signed Richie Incognito and drafted John Jerry to fill the guard spots over the offseason. Looks like Cory Proctor will wind up being the top backup inside now.

Darrell Reid, OLB, Broncos
The veteran special teams ace was on PUP all preseason with a bad knee. Even with Elvis Dumervil on IR, Denver still saw fit to move on. This tells you Reid probably had little chance of physically being ready to play anytime soon. The coaches also really like soaring newcomer Jason Hunter.

Travis Fisher, CB, Ravens
Fisher’s NFL career has been hanging by a threat the past few seasons. The former Ram is an experienced veteran, but the Ravens saw no place for him after trading for Josh Wilson.

J.P. Losman, QB, Seahawks
Could be back to the UFL for the underachieving former first-round pick.

Willie Parker, RB, Redskins
It’s common knowledge that running backs hit a wall around age 30. Parker hit his last year at 29. Parker’s yards per carry had decreased every season in his career until 2009 (when he had very few touches with the Steelers). He was hoping for a resurgence behind Mike Shanahan’s zone-blocking scheme, but with his speed diminished and body dinged up (injuries have hounded Parker the past few years), he couldn’t climb out from the fourth spot on the depth chart.

Brandon McDonald, CB, Browns
McDonald is best known for his disgraceful tweet about Terrell Owens earlier this offseason. Looks like his reputation will remain there for a while. McDonald’s playing career in Cleveland is over. He struggled mightily in man coverage as the Browns starting cornerback last season and was benched on more than one occasion. Throw in his flashy, irritating attitude and he became an easy player for Eric Mangini and Mike Holmgren to dump.

William Joseph, DT, Raiders
The 2003 first-round pick of the Giants could be on done for good. Joseph is 31 and has never achieved consistent success at the pro level. Then again, he’s been shuffled on and off the Raiders roster since 2008 – maybe this is just another shuffle. He was fifth on the depth chart at defensive tackle. The news here is that Joseph’s release could mean John Henderson makes the final roster. We’ll find out.

Matt Jones, WR, Bengals
The only thing he had going for him was a history of legal problems (which seems to be an attribute Bengals owner Mike Brown covets in a player). Jones is too lethargic off the line to be a quality NFL receiver. The Bengals found that out.

Patrick Turner, WR, Dolphins
Turner was a third-round pick just one year ago. The Dolphins thought they’d found the next Marques Colston. Instead, they found the next Joe Nobody. Turner never earned the respect of coaches and teammates.

Jon Jansen, OL, Lions
No surprise here. Jansen is a sagacious veteran, but at 34, he has reached his physical end. He was a major liability wherever he lined up last season.

Bear Pascoe, TE, Giants
Thanks to injuries to starter Kevin Boss, Pascoe spent a great deal of the offseason working with the Giants first team offense. Because Pascoe played in only four games as a rookie last season, he is eligible for the practice squad if he clears waivers.

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 1:17 pm

Simms dodges court date, arrest warrant

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Titans backup QB Chris Simms drew the ire of a Manhattan criminal court judge by skipping a court appearance this morning to face a charge of driving while on drugs.

The NY Daily News has the story, but needless to say, judge Michael Yavinsky wasn’t pleased by Simms’ absence.

Despite the prosecuting lawyers’ wishes, he didn’t issue a bench warrant for Simms’ arrest, because Simms’ attorneys had sent letters previously stating Simms had a work commitment that conflicted with the court date.

From the Daily News:

"If Mondays are hard because he works, let's not pick a Monday," the judge said before setting a return date of Oct. 7 for hearings on incriminating statements Simms made to police when he was arrested.

The warrant dodge came after Simms’ lawyer, Kim Richman, told the judge he was working with prosecutors to resolve the charges against the Tennessee Titans backup quarterback who was pulled over at a DWI checkpoint on W. Houston St. at 1:30 a.m. July 1.

"We are trying to work out some kind of resolution," said Richman said.

You might remember what happened when Simms was pulled over July 1 on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana. The worst part of the accusation? His wife, who was eight months pregnant, was in the front passenger seat.

Simms’ lawyers have claimed the passengers in the backseat of Simms’ car must have the culprits.

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 8:12 pm

Simms' lawyer makes a defense

Chris Simms’ defense on being arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana ? Um, he was smoking … um … tobacco cigarettes. Yep, yep, that’s the ticket.

C. Simms during an offseason workout with Tennessee (AP). This, from Nathan Semmel, Simms’ attorney, who told the New York Post that there were two unnamed passengers in the backseat of the car Simms was driving and perhaps they – and not Simms – were the reason the car smelled like pot. According to police, the Titans quarterback said he had been smoking marijuana. His wife, eight months pregnant, was in the passenger seat next to him.

"Witnesses will also corroborate that he never smoked marijuana in the car that day. It is absurd to think . . . he would ever drive in any condition intoxicated while his wife was eight months pregnant," Semmel told the Post. “There is nothing in his record whatsoever that suggests he would be that reckless."

Simms declined comment.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 1:35 pm

Chris Simms arrested in NYC

The New York Post is reporting that Titans quarterback Chris Simms was arrested in New York City for driving while under the influence of marijuana. From The Post:

Simms, 29, of Nashville, was stopped while driving his 2009 Mercedes Benz through an NYPD Manhattan South Task Force checkpoint on W. Houston Street at 1:35 a.m., according to a source.

Simms reeked of marijuana and admitted to officers he had smoked earlier in the car, a source said.

He also had red eyes, flushed face and slurred speech, sources added.

Simms spent this morning getting booked and awaiting arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of operating a motor vehicle while impaired by marijuana.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 3:01 pm

Chris Simms Faces Steep Uphill Battle

Remember when Chris Simms was at Texas and everyone thought he was a surefire NFL starting quarterback? He was the son of a Super Bowl MVP and a good-looking, charismatic leader of one of the nation’s most preeminent programs. He fell to the bottom of the third round of the 2003 Draft but fortuitously landed in Tampa Bay, where he was beloved by quarterback guru Jon Gruden.

Simms spent most of his first two seasons riding the bench but became the starter midway through the ’05 season. Many forget that the Bucs finished 11-5 that year (they were 6-4 in games Simms started). Week 3 of the following season is when Simms suffered the near fatal spleen injury that halted his career.

After a disappointing season as the No. 2 quarterback in Denver last year (Simms played one-and-a-half games and was utterly unprepared), the 29-year-old now finds himself in Tennessee. David Climer of Tennessean.com page/TEN">Titans++rookie+quarterback+embraces+his+long+odds" target="_blank">writes that, with the Titans drafting quarterback Rusty Smith in the sixth round, Simms’s best chance to make the final roster is to beat out Kerry Collins for the No. 2 job. Collins is due $5.5 million in ’10, but given the instability of Vince Young, don’t expect the Titans to cut the 16th-year veteran.

Climer writes:

“As for Simms, the Titans grabbed him once he hit the open market. He was with the team in 2008 and has a good feel for the offense.
Who is the odd man out? After an earlier practice, Simms acknowledged that a red flag went up when the Titans had drafted a quarterback in the sixth round.
‘How could I not pay attention?" Simms said. "What they have planned for him, I don't know. I've got to do the best job I can.’”

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