Chris Simms has not looked any near his regular form since coming back from his spleen surgery. Simms passes have not been spiraling, his deep balls look bad, and he hasn't been able to hit receivers. Simms looked uncomfortable in mini-camp and has looked worse in his limited action in spring training. It looks like it may be more than just recovering from his spleen surgery. There have been reports that Simms is suffering from something with proprioception. Basically, Simms nerve receptors are not telling him that his muscles are moving without looking at them. This would obviously make it hard to throw a football.
The Bucs front office, specifically Bruce Allen, deny that anything is wrong with Chris Simms besides a sore arm from training camp. Chris has never suffered from a sore arm or sore shoulder before and watching him you can tell there is something more going on. Imagine not knowing where your arm is going without looking at it, that's what Chris is going through at the moment.
We all know Gruden is not fond of Simms to being with, and when you combine that with the fact that no one has ever tried to play football after a splenectomy and the Bucs signing of Jeff Garcia, he already had a long way back and this will make it worse. So far Simms has lost his reps to Luke McCown and Bruce Gradkowski and looks to be the odd man out at the moment. McCown has looked good and although Gradkowski has not looked good, he has looked better than Simms. Reports are that Simms maybe put on IR or even out right released. While many news sources have picked up on this so far the Bucs organization still denies that Simms has anything wrong. It may just be soreness, but when you look at Simms play it looks like there is something more going on.
Simms has fought hard to get back and has done everything that has been asked of him to try and be the starter here, but if this illness is true it goes way beyond football. Simms has said that he does not want to talk about it at this time so we will just have to sit back and wait for someone to come out and be honest. I hope that this is not correct and that he is just struggling, but when you look at him, something just isn't right.