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Simms on Simms: It will be tough for someone to unseat Orton

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TAMPA--Given the opportunity to suggest the Bears would be a good landing spot for his son Chris Simms, CBS analyst Phil Simms passed Wednesday afternoon.

Maybe it was the line he draws between being a commentator and a proud papa, but Simms was hardly excited about the possibility.

"I was told earlier today that there had been some talk [the Bears being a match for the free-agent quarterback] but I did not know that,'' Simms said. "If it's in Chicago, good. Wherever it is.''

While it's not a definite, there is a good chance the Bears will venture out into free agency and look for a quarterback with some experience to bring in. If they don't, it will be a sign of confidence in Caleb Hanie taking the next step. Simms, who the Bears had interest in last spring, and Pittsburgh backup Byron Leftwich are two candidates.

"You're asking the wrong guy," Simms said after announcing end-of-season awards for New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson. "I'm not what people say or think. When [my son] played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I couldn't have told you 10 people on the team. I know the league inside and out, but I don't get involved. I don't want to know.''

General manager Jerry Angelo and coach Lovie Smith have gone out of their way to make it clear Kyle Orton is the incumbent. Yes, jobs are always available to be won, but it's unlikely there will be a full-blown competition as there was last summer. Simms professed all season to like Orton and the job he did.

"I was on the record all year, I know Kyle Orton,'' he said. "I followed him through college, I saw him early with the Bears and I thought he grew up. He was a different-looking guy this year. I thought he had a little moxie to him. There is a little something he has that I like. Whoever goes in there, it would be awfully tough to think that you're going to take Kyle Orton's job. I know that.''

Simms blew off the idea that the Bears liked his son coming out of Texas in 2003 when he lasted late into the third round after the Bears had used a first-round choice on Rex Grossman.

"If they liked him so much, why didn't they draft him?" he said. "I don't know about all that. I hear from old girlfriends that tell me they used to like me in high school. Yeah, right. How come you didn't like me in high school. I couldn't get a prom date. So don't give me that.''

As for what situation would be best for his son, he's not tipping his hand.

"There are 10 teams in the league that are perfect for him,'' Simms said. "There's another 10 that are good and the rest of them, I hate them as far as their system."

More on Leftwich a little later on.

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What's the difference between Simms, Leftwich, and Rex? At least Rex knows the system!!

Brad,

Hey this is good stuff. I was wondering what you were going to do all week. Keep it coming.

I do have a question.

Does the venue for any of these interviews involve anything resembling a cabana and are there any beverages featuring umbrellas in sight as you gather information for these journalistic treasures?

I want the Bears to go after Vince Young

Leftwich is servicable, Simms who knows what you are going to get after the big injury with the loss of the spleen.

I agree try to keep Rex and pay for him to stay, he is familiar with the team and system as said by Hadji.

Off subject but Rex Grossman is a GOOD Qb.I would say he could be the next Palmer.But one thing, rex is not good at handling pressure.Hes like k.Warner.Thats y i tell people all the time kurt never fell off he just wasnt good with pressure and getting sacked he would fumble the ball.I bet if u go back to his old games.Before people started putting alot of pressure on him, he was killing making it look easy.Then when the Cards exposed him with the biltz everything went down hill.A better line would do wonders for rex like it did for k.warner this year.SAME CAN BE SAID WITH BENSON.Watch benson be a 1500 yard back over there on the Bengals.A.P is the best running back in the league (i think the best ever)and he probably bearly hit 1000 on with our line.

The Bears had the right-handed version of Chris Simms already in Brian Griese. I wouldn't waste my time on him and would rather go with David Carr to compete with Hanie as 2nd QB or Patrick Ramsey or Tim Rattay to be veteran third stringer

And, the bottom line is how many left-handed QBs have had much success in the NFL?

Ken Stabler (Snake won a SB)
Steve Young (Montans's super sub won a SB)
Boomer Esiason (good, but, no SB wins)
Mark Brunell (never made the big game and then relegated to backup)
Micahel Vick (WR for the Mean Machine)
Matt Leinhart (backup and possible bust)

Dice, Rex was sacked 21 times in 2006, when the Cards exsposed him. How good do you want a line to be? Does Rex need a line were he never gets sacked or pressured? Well dream on cause all QB's are pressured. Benson get 1500 yards?? I don't think so, the Bungles are looking for an upgrade at running back, they ranked 29th in rushing wow thanks Benson. He started 10 games and had a 3.5 YPC average, what a stud. Warner by the way was sacked 38 times in 2001, and this year 26, he managed to put up some good numbers, plus he didn't have a QB's best friend this year which is a great running back. Yet he managed to put up some decent numbers. Then again his completion percentage is 65 as opposed to Rex's 54%. Maybe if Rex would stop throwing the ball to the other team and fumbling it, he would be a good QB. But he did have 7 good games in 2006 over his six year career here. What a legend. A real weapon that guy, yet another great Florida QB, oh wait Florida has no great QB's never mind.

"What's the difference between Simms, Leftwich, and Rex? At least Rex knows the system!!"

You forgot the the other difference.... SPLEEN

Boomer Esiason (good, but, no SB wins)
Mark Brunell (never made the big game and then relegated to backup)
Micahel Vick (WR for the Mean Machine)
Matt Leinhart (backup and possible bust)

Compare to Bears QB's now....lol

Right on, Creighton.

I think Rex is probably the most maddening QB I've ever watched. In the beginning of '06 he dazzled us with his cannon shots to Berrian on play action plays. He was staying healthy for the first time in 3 years, and everything was great. EXCEPT for the fact that he couldnt actually finish a game without dropping a snap or running backwards away from a blitz.

I was behind Rex when he was the starter, and I'd like to see him be successful someplace... but in my opinion, he'll play out the rest of his career as a decent backup someplace.

At least we didn't get him in the top of the 1st and pay him Vince Young or Matt Leinart dollars!

I can't honestly say that Kyle Orton will be a superstar someday, but with good players around him, I completely believe that he can be a solid QB for the Bears for years to come. The fact is, that's not sexy, but it's all that this franchise really needs from under center.

Dice: "Off subject but Rex Grossman is a GOOD Qb.I would say he could be the next Palmer.But one thing, rex is not good at handling pressure."
Because no one has pressure when they play quarterback. Give any QB in the league time to throw and ALL OF THEM would be Hall of Famers.

"Hes like k.Warner.Thats y i tell people all the time kurt never fell off he just wasnt good with pressure and getting sacked he would fumble the ball."
Or maybe it was be because the scheme Mike Martz runs constantly exposed the quarterback. It's a high-risk, high-reward scheme that leaves the QBs battered and bruised.

"I bet if u go back to his old games.Before people started putting alot of pressure on him, he was killing making it look easy.Then when the Cards exposed him with the biltz everything went down hill.A better line would do wonders for rex like it did for k.warner this year."
The book was out VERY QUICKLY on Rex. Bring pressure up the middle and watch him fold. No o-line on Earth can save a QB from getting happy feet and crapping their pants. If this was college ... maybe, but this is the NFL and these are pro players.

"SAME CAN BE SAID WITH BENSON.Watch benson be a 1500 yard back over there on the Bengals."
Are you joking me? Cedric Benson? Wow that's just a great big pile 'o stupid right there. Maybe you should do some research about Ced and his work ethic when he was drafted in baseball. Then compare that to his work ethic in football. Then look at his 3.0 ypc average before he had one big game last season.

"A.P is the best running back in the league (i think the best ever)and he probably bearly hit 1000 on with our line."
How old are you? A.P. as the best running back ever? Did you ever watch Sweetness??? How about Barry Sanders??? O.J. the double-murderer? Jim "My wife and I suffer from PMS" Brown? If A.P. establishes himself over the next 5-8 years then I'll entertain the idea, but best ever??? My god, learn some football.

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