Chris Simms Unbuttoned

By Chris Simms

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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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#32 - No Spleen Zone: Gerald McCoy vs Ndamukong Suh, Big Ben vs Antonio Brown, & Eli Manning vs Daniel Jones

For the first time ever, we venture into the No Spleen Zone, where Chris & Ahmed call BS on some of the NFL's biggest storylines. But first they get into some of the latest news. After getting cut by the Buccaneers, where does Gerald McCoy land next (7:39)? Is McCoy a better free agent than Ndamukong Suh (11:53)? What do we make of Ezekiel Elliott being handcuffed at a concert (16:05)? Should Peyton Manning want to be the Jets GM (21:13)? Chris dials up his BS meter on narratives like: Adam Gase made a power play in New YorK (25:00), a PED suspension doesn't hurt Patrick Peterson's character (31:00), Big Ben is "sorry" for calling out Antonio Brown last season (39:45), and Daniel Jones could start over Eli Manning in Week 1 (48:06).

May 21, 2019
#31 - Jets fire Mike Maccagnan, Top 5 Belichick Defense Performances, & The Myth of QB Mentoring

Many are laughing at the Jets for firing GM Mike Maccagnan after a big offseason, but Chris and Paul explain why the reasoning and timing of the move makes sense (4:01). With reports that Bill Belichick will take defensive coordinator duties for this season, Chris looks back on his time in New England to explain what makes the Patriots coaching staff different from all other teams (18:20). Then he gives his Top 5 Belichick Defense Performances of all-time (29:55). Finally, Simms and Paul defend Joe Flacco's comments on Drew Lock and debunk the myth of QB mentoring (42:07).

May 16, 2019
#30 - Top 10 CBs, Rookie QB Competitions & Aaron Rodgers on Game of Thrones

It's a joint episode of Unbuttoned & PFT PM with Mike Florio in-house. Chris explains why the start of rookie minicamps are the most nervous day for NFL GMs (3:26). How will the QB competitions shake out for Kyler Murray (9:45), Dwayne Haskins (12:25), and Drew Lock (17:58)? Chris tells stories about rising and falling up Jon Gruden's depth chart (20:12). Florio and Simms wonder how Quinnen Williams being starstruck (22:02) or Devin Bush being vocal (29:31) will go over in the locker room. CB Xavien Howard has a big new contract from the Dolphins; Mike debunks why it's not the record deal everyone is reporting (34:04) and Chris reveals where Howard ranks in his Top 10 CBs (41:16). Finally, the guys give some parting thoughts on Aaron Rodgers' Game of Thrones cameo (51:19) and who ruined basketball for Chris (55:06).

May 13, 2019
#29 - What Makes Me Cry, The Top 5 Route Runners & Phil Simms on Reggie White

Ahmed is back to talk football (and cricket?) with Chris. We react to the news and timing of Ziggy Ansah signing with the Seahawks (3:28). Simms reveals the sporting event (and movie) that makes him cry every time (6:18). Then the fans take control, as we dive into another Ask Me Anything mailbag. Why is Chris down on Jared Goff and the Rams (9:39)? Who are the Top 5 route runners in the NFL (17:14)? After Simms brags that he's never uncomfortable, a question makes him uncomfortable (21:31). Then Big Phil joins us to talk about the dumbest great QB of all-time (27:26), the two sophomore QBs poised to take a big step forward (34:40), and what the perfect pass rusher looks like (47:52).

May 09, 2019
#28 - What Chaps My @ss and Defending Mitch Trubisky

Draft news has died down, so Chris and Paul take the opportunity to analyze (and rant about) the latest NFL news. What is the best landing spot for the remaining big name free agents like Ndamukong Suh & Ziggy Ansah? (2:39) Chris gets to vent in a new segment called What Chaps My @ss: Did a team really ask Daniel Jones to work out at tight end? (14:56) And why should fans back off players who don't work out with their teams? (18:58) We found a list of the NFL's most optimistic fan bases, and Simms names the two teams he is most excited about (32:22). And after battling once again with the Trubisky-haters, Chris gives his top picks for the next QB who will win his first Super Bowl (34:54).

May 07, 2019
#27 - 2016 Draft Re-Do, 2020 Draft QBs & A.J. Green

Chris & Liam come in hot with a rant on "unwritten rules" before getting into the NFL talk . The deadline for 5th-year options is here, so we do a 2016 Draft Do-Over (6:41). Would Chris still take Jared Goff over Carson Wentz? And where does Dak Prescott fit in the QB hierarchy? Odds for the 2020 Draft 1st overall pick are out and Chris weighs in on what he thinks of next year's QB class (27:00). Who of Tua Tagovailoa, Jake Fromm & Justin Herbert should go #1, and who is not even a 1st round prospect? A.J. Green then joins to talk about his new head coach and the perfect hot dog topping (43:09). Finally, we weigh in on Bills Mafia tailgates (59:05) and whether we would rather hang out with Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers at the Kentucky Derby (1:04:05).

May 03, 2019
#26 - Ask Me Anything, 11 Things You Didn't Know About Laremy Tunsil, & Phil Simms on Daniel Jones & his best Parcells stories

Chris Simms & Paul Burmeister put a bow on the NFL Draft by taking questions from the listeners in another edition of 'Ask Me Anything' (2:45). Is DK Metcalf more likely the next Julio Jones or Kevin White? Did the Pats find a perfect fit with Chase Winovich? Simms also debunks the rumors that Kyle Shanahan & John Lynch are at odds. Which NFL players would make the best Avengers (16:30)? Big Phil calls in to debunk some rumors about his draft announcement in 1979, the treatment of Daniel Jones in NYC, and his best Bill Parcells stories (35:50). Chris & Paul take a few more questions on Mitch Trubisky's MVP candidacy, Josh Rosen's timeline, and a Kirk Cousins overreaction (1:03:30). Finally, Chris spends some time with Laremy Tunsil, as we find out 11 Things We Didn't Know about the Dolphins OT (1:15:00).

May 01, 2019
#25 - NFL Draft Breakdown: Burning Questions, Gold-Silver-Bronze, & Walk of Shame

With the NFL Draft complete, Chris Simms & Paul Burmeister break it all down. The Giants are in spin zone, but there are plenty of reasons why people should cut Daniel Jones some slack (3:35). After the Josh Rosen trade to Miami, the AFC East has become 3 Baby's and a Goat (15:00). John Elway has found his man, Joe Flacco has deja vu, and Drew Lock has a chance to become something big in Denver (24:45). Rapid fire QB thoughts after the Big 4, including the late-round pick that has a chance to supplant a long-time starter (30:35). Simms then answers some burning questions: Should Aaron Rodgers be ticked off? Will one GM be gone after getting universal praise for his top pick? Which GMs are you buying a round for? Which team deserves a walk of shame? And why Jimmy G should be a happy guy (36:35). We wrap things up by handing out awards - who gets the Gold-Silver-Bronze for the entire draft? (58:50)

Apr 29, 2019
#24 - NFL Draft 1st Round Recap

Chris and Paul recap a fun NFL Draft party with the homies as we watched one of the wildest 1st rounds in recent memory. Now that the Cardinals took Kyler Murray, can they really keep Josh Rosen? (3:57) Is there some logic to Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden's shocking pick of Clelin Ferrell 4th overall? (20:35) Why are Giants fans already booing Daniel Jones? (30:40) Why did Jawaan Taylor fall out of Round 1? (50:39) And what are the names to watch for early in Round 2? (59:15)

Apr 26, 2019
#23 - Final Mock Draft, plus Houston DL Ed Oliver & LSU LB Devin White

Chris Simms & Paul Burmeister break down the big Chiefs/Seahawks trade that sent Frank Clark to Kansas City (3:30). Then Simms unveils his final mock draft on the eve of the big day (8:00). The Giants go QB, but not the one everyone expects; Dwayne Haskins makes an early appearance, and there's a late run on Clemson defenders. Plus, a couple Robin Hood appearances near the end of the 1st round. Then Ed Oliver joins Simms to chat about comparisons to Aaron Donald, where he wants to be drafted, and his weight room prowess (52:45). Simms also chats with LSU LB Devin White on his Mt Rushmore of middle LBs, the most famous LSU alum, and his surprising choice for toughest college opponent (1:03:40)

Apr 24, 2019
#22 - Robin Hood: Draft Edition, Ask Me Anything, & Kentucky prospect Josh Allen

With Draft Week upon us, Simms puts on his Robin Hood hat, and doles out praise for a handful of draft prospects who should be getting more attention (5:05). Then Simms & Liam McHugh answer questions from the loyal listeners in a Draft Themed 'Ask Me Anything' (25:45). Simms also has an extended conversation with Kentucky edge rush prospect Josh Allen about his zodiac sign, why he plays with a chip on his shoulder, not wanting to be "butt hurt" on Draft night, and never having to fill up a tank of gas in New Jersey (1:06:00). Finally, Captain Planet makes an appearance on Earth Day (1:28:20).

Apr 22, 2019
#21 - NFL Schedule reactions, Missouri QB Drew Lock, and Big Phil's QB Draft ranks

The 2019 NFL schedule is out, and Chris and Ahmed react to the juiciest matchups and break down the teams with the easiest and toughest starts to their season (2:54). Then Simms talks to Drew Lock about his night out with Saquon Barkley and how he close he came to being on a Final Four team (22:33). Finally, Big Phil calls in to reveal his Top 5 QBs in the Draft, including a defense of Daniel Jones (47:00).

Apr 18, 2019
#20 - Mock Draft with Rotoworld's Josh Norris & Thor Nystrom

It's a mock draft megapod as Chris and Paul combine forces with Rotoworld's Josh Norris & Thor Nystrom. Will the Giants finally get a QB? Which wide receiver will be drafted first? And which of the top QBs falls out of Round 1 entirely? Plenty of surprises as we go pick-by-pick through Round 1 and predict who every team will take.

Apr 17, 2019
#19 - Tigers Woods QB meetings & NFL Draft prop bets

Chris & Liam recap a big sports weekend. Would (and should) the Seahawks be willing to move on from Russell Wilson (9:30)? With 10 days to go until the NFL Draft, prop bets are making the rounds and Chris gives his picks for what he'd put his money on (24:28). Will Dwayne Haskins fall out of the Top 10? How many Alabama players will go in Round 1? And with Tiger back on top, Chris reminisces about the time Woods came to Bucs training camp (32:45).

Apr 15, 2019
#18 - 'Ask Me Anything' Mailbag

Chris & Ahmed do a full-on mailbag episode, with questions from loyal listeners like @ABusyDad and @FourToeSteve (meet Zero Spleen Chris). Which defensive players would call out plays before they even happened (4:20)? One of the homies has a brilliant idea to use Saquon Barkley at a different position (19:15). Why did Chris get fined for his favorite NFL play (28:38)? What happened to The Hulk in the last Avengers movie? Who killed JFK (32:30)? What would it take to trade for Russell Wilson (36:30)? And which young offensive coach is a better playcaller than Sean McVay (1:13:30)? All this and more on a meandering journey into the mind of Chris Simms.

Apr 12, 2019
#17 - DT Draft Power Rankings, QB debates with PFF Analyst Steve Palazzolo, & Big Phil on Russell Wilson trade rumors

Chris and Paul dissect the latest Draft QB rumors (2:19). Could Dwayne Haskins drop out of the first round? And what would we trade for Josh Rosen? They then invite Pro Football Focus Analyst Steve Palazzolo on to discuss QBs and Drew Lock vs Will Grier (15:40). Then Chris reveals his Draft Power Rankings from a stacked DT group (39:51), including the Top 10 talent who "everybody is missing out on." Finally, Big Phil comes on to talk Russell Wilson trade rumors and play detective with Eli Manning extension talks (1:11:07).

Apr 10, 2019
#16 - Busting Draft Narratives, FSU Prospect Brian Burns, & which College had the Best Year?

With just over 2 weeks to the Draft, Chris Simms & Paul Burmeister debunk or confirm 10 popular Draft narratives (3:23). Is Kyler Murray worth the 1st overall pick? Is Daniel Jones worth a 1st rounder at all? Florida State edge rusher Brian Burns tells us about the food he's been eating to gain weight, and which movie he's seeing as soon as the Draft is over (39:30). Then the guys recap the weekend, including whether any school has had a better year than Texas Tech (53:35) and Antonio Brown's latest social media misstep (59:30).

Apr 08, 2019
#15 - Packers drama, Michigan prospect Rashan Gary, & Who deserves a lifetime contract?

Chris Simms & Liam McHugh react to the explosive BR story about Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers, and the Packers dysfunction (1:00). Top prospect Rashan Gary calls in to chat about the quirks of playing for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, the first thing he'll buy once he's drafted, and why he wants a piece of Tom Brady (19:45). Chris & Liam then get you ready for the weekend with a few burning questions: is there anything worse than people telling you about your bracket? (yes); and who would you give a lifetime contract to? (37:10)

Apr 05, 2019
#14 - Advice for surviving Jon Gruden, CB Draft Power Ranks, & Edge Rusher Reshuffle

Chris Simms & Paul Burmeister get back to the Draft on today's podcast. With the Raiders working out Kyler Murray, Simms has some sage advice for Derek Carr on how to survive as a QB under Jon Gruden (3:00). Why the tape on Quinnen Williams reminds Simms of Aaron Donald (11:55). After some deeper thought, we have a change in last week's Edge Rusher ranks, and the guys respond to critiques from the homies (16:25). It's time to reveal the CB Draft Power Ranks, including a Josh Norman clone, and a guy Simms has much higher than the consensus (30:25).

Apr 03, 2019
#13 - Over/Under win totals, April Fools pranks, sorting through Giants rumors, & Tom Brady joins Twitter

It's April Fools' Day, and Chris Simms & Liam McHugh share stories of their favorite pranks (3:30). Another day, another Giants rumor. We sort through what stories to trust when it comes to the G-Men, and where Josh Rosen would rank among this year's crop of QBs (7:55). Vegas has released Over/Under win totals for 2019, and the guys rip through the 8 teams with new head coaches, including a surprising 'Over' and an even more shocking Simms proclamation of an offense that could crack the Top 10 (25:05). Weekend winners & losers includes Duke, cherry trees, bears, and Buffalo (52:15). Finally, Tom Brady has joined Twitter and comes in hot with an April Fools' gag of his own.

Apr 01, 2019
#12 - Top 50 Draft Debate, NFL/MLB Prop Bets, & Dolphins coach Brian Flores

Chris Simms & Ahmed Fareed are joined by Rotoworld's Josh Norris to debate his Top 50 draft prospects and there are plenty of disagreements. Josh hypes up Hakeem Butler and Chris reenacts his experience with the Patriots war room (5:20). Then Chris settles an old debt with Dolphins coach Brian Flores as they tell old stories about Belichick, Gronk, and their time as low-level coaches in New England (47:40). We recap a big upset in the Sweet 16 of the Simms Madness bracket (1:04:00). Finally, on Opening Day, we run through some MLB-NFL themed prop bets and ask whether Chris’ Derek Jeter story included a gift basket (1:14:30).

Mar 28, 2019
#11 - Edge Rusher Draft Power Ranks, Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz & Big Phil on L.T.

Wednesday means another Unbuttoned episode chock-full of NFL Draft goodness. Chris & Paul Burmeister first weigh in with some reservations about the NFL's new replay rules (3:00). Then, Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz tells us what makes TEs T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant both worthy of 1st round picks (12:10). Chris has seen your David Montgomery tweets and defends why the RB didn't make his Top 5 rankings last week (28:10). He then takes us through his Top 7 of a stacked Edge Rusher class, including four that could be Top 10 overall picks (32:56). Today's magic word: "bendability." Finally, Big Phil calls in to reminisce about Lawrence Taylor and whether the Cardinals should take a pass rusher over Kyler Murray (1:06:20).

Mar 27, 2019
#10 - Gronk retires, Most Fun Players Ever & Superagent Drew Rosenhaus

It's a joint Unbuttoned/PFT PM pod as Chris Simms & Mike Florio are in Phoenix for the NFL Owners Meetings. They react to Rob Gronkowski's retirement (2:55)...have we really seen the last of Gronk? Mike educates Chris on Laverne & Shirley and other Happy Days spin-offs (17:20). Superagent Drew Rosenhaus comes on to discuss Gronk's decision and Tyreek Hill trade rumors (21:05). Finally, the Homies and PFT PM Posse fire off some Twitter questions on potential rule changes and the most entertaining NFL players of all-time (40:31).

Mar 25, 2019
#9 - QB Pro Day Roundup, Bracket Madness, & Greatest Feats of Strength with Mike Florio

It's a special 3-man weave on Unbuttoned. Chris Simms, Mike Florio, and Ahmed Fareed hit the real possibility of Tyreek Hill getting traded by the Chiefs (3:06). QB Pro Days are wrapping up, and the guys and wonder what's behind Mike Mayock's love of Dwayne Haskins, and if Will Grier jumps up Simms' rankings after a good performance (9:39). Before he heads out, Florio goes deep on his love affair with KISS, including a jarring story about Gene Simmons and a sweaty towel (25:35). Simms then breaks down the Jihad Ward weight room accident, and tells a story about the greatest feat of strength he ever saw (30:23). Finally, we look at which winners you advanced in our Simms Madness NFL bracket (39:40).

Mar 21, 2019
#8 - RB Draft Power Ranks & Alabama DT Quinnen Williams

It's a jam-packed NFL Draft episode for Chris Simms & Paul Burmeister. They talk about why the hype has died down on Dwayne Haskins (4:08). Chris answers your Twitter feedback on last week's WR Draft Power Ranks and why he left out N'Keal Harry (8:18). Then Alabama DT Quinnen Williams joins us to talk about his draft prep and which fellow 2019 prospect is the "freskiest dude" he's seen on a football field (16:21). Chris reveals his RB Draft Power Ranks and the player who could be a more explosive Alvin Kamara (38:24) . Finally, Big Phil does his weekly appearance to say why Odell Beckham Jr & Antonio Brown might miss the Giants & Steelers (1:01:50).

Mar 20, 2019
#7 - NFL Bracket Selection Show + Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins

It's March Madness, and we came up with our own Bracket Selection Show - how the NFL teams would be seeded if they stepped on the field right now. Chris Simms & Ahmed Fareed hit the AFC first, and it's still crazy to think how high the Browns are (4:40). With the NFC, there's a surprising #1 seed and a loaded division occupying the top half (30:10). Then, we have Simms' conversation with Texans All-Pro WR DeAndre Hopkins - why he isn't recognized among the top WRs in the league, what the trash talk is like with Jalen Ramsey, and the secrets behind his fashion sense (1:01:40). Finally, the guys hand out their winners & losers from the weekend, including a QB on the verge of setting an NFL record (1:14:05).

Mar 18, 2019
#6 - NFL Free Agency Word Association, Zion The Legend, & NCAA Bracket Alternatives

Now that the dust has settled on NFL Free Agency, Chris Simms & Liam McHugh play a game of Word Association on the Giants master plan, Baker-to-Odell, comparing the Jets careers of Bill Belichick & Anthony Barr, and Aaron Rodgers' mood (4:10). Zion's return has the world buzzing, and Simms explains the similarities between him and Kyler Murray (39:15). Then the guys offer a few options in case you're sick of just filling out a bracket (47:30), the best thing to watch this weekend that you're not thinking about , the time Simms found himself in an unfortunate fistfight, and whether or not it's acceptable to drink green beer on St. Patrick's Day (52:15).

Mar 15, 2019
#5 - OBJ Trade, Phil Simms on what's next for Giants, & WR Draft Power Ranks

Chris Simms & Paul Burmeister break down all angles of the Odell Beckham trade, one of the most shocking deals in NFL history. Phil Simms checks in to explain why Giants fans should be "confused" and what's next for the team (25:47). Then Chris unveils his latest Draft Power Rankings - today it's the Top 5 WR, including a guy who could be the next OBJ (49:19).

Mar 13, 2019
BONUS POD: Free Agency Bonanza on PFTPM with Mike Florio

Simms invades Florio's PFTPM to discuss a crazy couple days of free agency. Why is there only one team in on Le'Veon Bell (13:00)? The Raiders don't care about any rules (21:30). How the Jon Gruden-Derek Carr relationship will develop (29:30). Then the #PFTPMPosse chimes in with questions, including the most intriguing free agency move so far (39:05).

Mar 12, 2019
#4 - Full Antonio Brown Trade Breakdown + "Mystery" Free Agent Guest

Antonio Brown is headed to the Raiders. Chris Simms & Ahmed Fareed break down the blockbuster trade - why AB is an instant legend across NFL locker rooms, how Jon Gruden will welcome his new WR, and early over/unders on Brown's 2019 production (3:15); then a "Mystery Guest" calls in to discuss his big signing (30:00); the illegal tampering/flirting window has given way to the legal tampering/flirting window, and we rip through players on the move including Michael Bennett & Case Keenum (41:15); finally, our Winners & Losers of the weekend include a crazed fan and a washed up baseball player (55:20)

Mar 11, 2019
#3 - Free Agency Matchmaker + Tony Dungy on Kyler Murray

Apparently Simms' talk of "nice butts" didn't scare away Ahmed Fareed. They play a round of Free Agency Matchmaker (3:38), giving their best landing spots for Le'Veon Bell (Ravens? Eagles?) and other stars on the move. Then Tony Dungy calls in (21:28) to tell us why Josh Rosen shouldn't stop the Cardinals from drafting Kyler Murray and why he'll be driving 170 mph this weekend. Finally, the homies strike back at Simms' QB Draft Power Rankings as we take your Twitter questions (43:00).

Mar 08, 2019
#2B - Draft Power Ranks: QBs 3 to 1 + Big Phil Simms on Dwayne Haskins

QB Day went so long we split into Part 2. Big Phil joins Chris & Paul to talk about the time a baseball player called the cops on him, and whether or not the Giants should draft Dwayne Haskins (0:30). Plus, Chris explains why there are at least 15 safeties better than Landon Collins (30:15). Then Chris reveals his Top 3 QBs in the Draft, with a surprise (34:55).

Mar 06, 2019
#2A - Draft Power Ranks: QBs 8 to 4

It's QB Day on the Unbuttoned podcast. Chris Simms & Paul Burmeister analyze the harsh criticism of Kyler Murray and explain what "board work" is really all about (5:40). Then, Simms reveals his QB Draft Power Ranks from #8 to #4 (23:00). Things ran a little long, so be sure to check back for Part 2 for the Top 3 QBs, plus an extended chat with Big Phil.

Mar 06, 2019
#1 - The Kyler Conundrum, Combine Winners & Losers, + 49ers Coach Kyle Shanahan

Chris Simms & Ahmed Fareed kick off the inaugural (drink every time Simms mispronounces this word) Unbuttoned podcast with a full recap of the Combine. The Cardinals have a Kyler Conundrum (7:45); why Oreos and rock-hard abs won the Combine (19:35); Simms' old buddy Kyle Shanahan reminisces about their days at Texas and vents his frustration with WRs (43:45); plus the Top 5 Things Chris Learned In Indy, including a surprise name in the "Best Player In The Draft" conversation (1:03:30).

Mar 04, 2019
Homies, I'm Back!

Chris Simms makes his triumphant return to podcasting at NBC Sports.

Mar 01, 2019