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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.

    Most Improved 2021 Defenses

    Most Improved 2021 Defenses

    After we hit the offenses that improved and declined this offseason on Monday, today we'll hit the defenses. Also, Paul brings the return of QB Jeopardy.

    (9:15) Week 1 Schedule Released - Chris and Paul talk about the best matchups of Week 1, including Josh Allen vs the Steelers defense and The Darnold Bowl.

    (23:30) Year In (P)Review: Passing Defenses - Washington is ready to dominate this season, and the Titans can turn it around.

    (35:40) Rushing Defenses - Are the Bucs a lock to be #1 again? And Chris likes what the Lions and Bengals have done.

    (44:10) Scoring Defenses - The Patriots and Dolphins could jump the Rams for best defense in the league.

    (54:20) QB Jeopardy! - With Tebowmania back in vogue, we do some 2011 season QB trivia.

    (1:06:50) #AskMeAnything - What is the best QB-coach combo in the NFC West? And do the 49ers have a better chance of reaching the Super Bowl with Jimmy G or Trey Lance?

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Faster than DK? + Most Improved 2021 Offenses

    Faster than DK? + Most Improved 2021 Offenses

    Chris & Ahmed talk about the fastest players in the NFL, predict offenses that will improve and decline this season, and hit the mailbag. But first, they talk about a weekend of old man injuries.

    (7:15) Faster Than DK? Fresh off DK Metcalf's impressive 100m performance, what NFL players could beat him in a race?

    (23:00) Year In (P)Review: Passing Offenses - Are the Chiefs the best bet to be the #1 next year? Could the Giants take a big leap forward?

    (44:00) Rushing Offenses - Don't be surprised if the Titans fall off. And did the Steelers do enough to fix their run game?

    (58:15) Scoring Offenses - Is Baker Mayfield holding back the Browns? And Chris reacts to breaking news of the Colts signing Eric Fisher.

    (1:11:30) #AskMeAnything: Chris re-ranks the 2020 rookie RBs heading into Year 2. And Ahmed pitches his "3-win Sunday" idea to revitalize the MLB.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    2021 Rookie Predictions + #AskMeAnything

    2021 Rookie Predictions + #AskMeAnything

    With the draft in the books, Chris makes some predictions about the 2021 rookies, and we get Big Phil's take on the weekend's events. Then Paul grabs some questions from the mailbag.

    (4:15) 2021 Rookie Predictions, Offense: Who will be this year's Justin Herbert? Jonathan Taylor? Justin Jefferson?

    (22:15) Big Phil: How much will Trey Lance play this season? How will Mac Jones let the Patriots go back to their strength? What kind of offense will the Bears run with Justin Fields?

    (1:01:30) 2021 Rookie Predictions, Defense: Who will be this year's Chase Young? Antoine Winfield Jr?

    (1:13:15) #AskMeAnything: Do the Falcons have the best trio in the NFL? Do the Ravens have enough weapons? Will the Jets baby Zach Wilson? Which Steelers draft pick did Chris like most?

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Bust The Narrative: 49ers take Trey Lance + #AskMeAnything: 2021 Draft Recap

    Bust The Narrative: 49ers take Trey Lance + #AskMeAnything: 2021 Draft Recap

    Simms responds to all the narratives about the 49ers drafting Trey Lance over Mac Jones, and then gives us the 2021 Draft picks he loved and questioned. But first, Ahmed regales us with tales from the Kentucky Derby and then introduces Odafe (formerly Jayson) Oweh.

    (3:45) Bust The Narrative: 49ers Draft Trey Lance - Did Chris plant the Mac Jones rumor as a smokescreen for Kyle Shanahan? Was Lance San Francisco's target all along?

    (26:45) 2021 Draft Recap - Jets: They got Chris' #1 QB, but did they need another CB?

    (31:30) Jaguars: Did Chris give Trent Baalke his draft rankings? And was Travis Etienne a reach?

    (37:35) Dolphins: Miami fans who hated Simms last year are very conflicted now.

    (42:30) Lions: Ahmed is pumped, but does he look cool in his Lions draft hat?

    (48:20) Giants: Dave Gettleman finally traded back! But is Kadarius Toney's route-running a concern?

    (53:50) Cowboys: What does Micah Parsons mean for Leighton Vander-Esch?

    (59:45) Chiefs: KC has completed their O-line transformation.

    (1:02:50) Titans: How Tennessee overhauled their secondary.

    (Producer's note: This podcast was taped before news about Rashad Weaver's assault charge broke.)

    (1:08:00) Raiders: Alex Leatherwood becomes the latest Mike Mayock questionable pick.

    (1:10:50) Saints: Payton Turner is not the DE who Chris would have taken.

    (1:12:10) Buccaneers: Chris has questions about Kyle Trask.

    (1:14:25) Vikings: How soon could Kellen Mond leap Kirk Cousins?

    (1:17:15) Washington: Though Chris was not the highest on Jamin Davis, he loves him some Dyami Brown.

    (1:19:10) Panthers: Terrace Marshall Jr. & Tommy Tremble add to a strong weapons corps for Sam Darnold.

    (1:23:15) Bears: How does Justin Fields' mechanics compare to Cam Newton? And in some breaking news, the Bears cut their LT.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    2021 NFL Draft Round 1 Recap

    2021 NFL Draft Round 1 Recap

    Simms & Florio recap Round 1 of the NFL Draft

    (4:00) The 49ers pull a shocker going with Trey Lance

    (16:00) The Bears get aggressive with a trade-up to snag Justin Fields

    (23:45) Mac Jones falls to Bill Belichick and the Patriots

    (30:30) Is the Aaron Rodgers era in Green Bay over?

    (52:30) 2 RBs in the 1st round? The Steelers grab Najee Harris and the Jaguars pick Travis Etienne

    (57:30) Peter King joins from Atlanta to talk about the Falcons drafting Kyle Pitts

    (1:01:45) Florio & Simms hand out some Round 1 Superlatives: WRs fly off the board in the Top 10, Caleb Farley & Jaelan Phillips get good value, and the Cowboys get a stud in Micah Parsons

    (1:13:00) Speed Round: What was the best trade? Which Alabama player will make an immediate impact? Which QB should be happiest with his new protector? And which CB is in the best situation?

    (1:24:00) The Big Kahuna (Cajones) Draft of the gutsiest picks from Round 1

    (1:37:45) Names to look for in Round 2 on Friday night

    • 1 hr 39 min
    2021 Draft Sleepers + GUEST: Trey Lance

    2021 Draft Sleepers + GUEST: Trey Lance

    On the last podcast before the draft, Chris and Paul talk sleepers, QB skill rankings, and take some of your questions. And after, stick around for Chris' interview with North Dakota State QB Trey Lance.

    (7:10) Simms Mock Draft revisited - Chris elaborates more on why he had Justin Fields at #32, and names the pick he wants to happen the most

    (19:05) Robin Hood: Draft Sleepers - Simms stumps for less-heralded prospects like Dyami Brown, Amari Rodgers, Marquez Stevenson, Jaelon Darden, Javian Hawkins, and Rashad Weaver.

    (44:55) QB Rankings Revisited - Chris ranks the 2021 passers on arm strength, mechanics, decision-making, and athleticism.

    (1:08:25) #AskMeAnything - What is Chris' biggest concern about Zach Wilson? What's are the 49ers needs after QB? Should the Jets target Travis Etienne?

    (1:17:40) Position Props - Will there be over or under 4.5 wide receivers in Round 1? 5.5 quarterbacks?

    (1:22:25) GUEST: North Dakota State QB Trey Lance - Simms talks to the top 10 QB prospect about improving his mechanics, his parents' spreadsheets, his basketball skills, and his mindset on the eve of the Draft.

    • 1 hr 37 min

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Billy blanks jr ,

Awesome content but Florio

Why Florio talking like he’s got any credibility! Ya 5’ negative player. Love the pod but hate how Florio acts like he’s played. Keep on on the sideline and shut ya mouth. Either ya cool and relate with people (which Florio is not), or you played in the league. None of the above. Stop talking like you’re word matters. Sims you rock!! Have Florio have a daddy cigar and chill out.

Abbidoo ,

Thanks for Your Opinions

Appreciate your perspective.

Wildeofthewoods ,


If you like overly-confident football analysis, simms has you covered. Pretty representative of contemporary sports media. Moderately ok as background noise but barely worth your time for anything other than filling your day with loudmouth football talking heads.

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