ENGLEWOOD, Colorado. Some players give short no-nonsense answers, but say a lot. Some talk for a while and don’t say much. A few find ways to be both talkative and give a lot of information. Enter second year safety, Justin Simmons, who handles the press like a seasoned pro.
He and Peyton Manning would’ve enjoyed each other, not because of their acumen with the press, but their love of film study, quiet intensity to be the best and desire to learn. Two peas in a pod.
He said so much, so I reccomend you watch the entire presser. The topics he covered and the answers he gave were wide ranging. He also answered some questions I’ve been thinking about, which is: how can Denver keep this kid on the bench?
He and fellow safety Will Parks call each other the “Baby No Fly”; however, they’re now more like college Fly Zone because Simmons would start on almost any other team this year.
Simmons won’t be allowed to make another leaping lizard blocked kick play, since the NFL changed the rules. It was this play, using our three rookies: Adam Gotsis, Will Parks and he that the rules committee studied. He was honored that a rookie got that chance. He disagrees with their ruling, but knows he’s the last group to do it.
Simmons was thrown into the fire on two starts, he thought it was great to have the reps. “They weren’t pity snaps, they were get us into the play off snaps.”
He mentioned that a vet told him the transition from college to pros was, “in college you play football, in the pros, you learn football.”
With the help of his teammates and coaches, he’s learned how to watch film and look for tendancies of offenses and quarterbacks. He knows he and Parks are back-ups, but they’re also “one play away, we should be ready. They expect and demand us to be ready.” The goal is for the team to not miss a beat when they go in.
When he was asked if the NFZ can get better he said, yes and
that’s scary for other teams because we know we can be a lot better.
Yes, I’m dancing. Visions of picks on Smith, Rivers, Carr and Brady* have me doing the funky chicken (it’s great having so many aunts and uncles who show old school moves).
While he looked pretty good for a rookie, he says he was “surviving, instead of stepping up and making plays.” Honesty and culpability, how refreshing.
He and Parks make sure to stay in constant contact and together talk about plays, pick the starters brains to improve their game. Think about this. This next gen duo are already acting and communicating as one body. Don’t tell me this defense is in a super bowl window. Bull.
As far as Robertson, he believes he is an amazing coach with a safety mind. He’s been taught so much about coverage because of him. Puts them in the right position.
Simmons credits ‘MRob’ with him looking so good this OTA because of being in the right spot and they’re also taught to sprint to the football, no matter the play. Just make sure they are there.
He wants to be a
“high rangy roaming safety. See ball, go get ball, help the corners out.”
An area he believes he needs to work on is in man coverage and wants to watch more film to see how to get better at it.
Almost everything this guy said is its own story. Just his quotes alone say everything you need to know about him, this team and what defenses have to look forward to. A team that just “wants to win, don’t care who’s on the field.”
According to Simmons, Lynch has “shown a lot of growth, he’s doing great.”
He asks Paxton or Trevor what did you see, why did you change the play. Get inside the QB mind. The reverse is also true because to QB’s, “the story is the safety, whether he’s tilting one way or not, gives them a pre-read”.
Going into his second year he has more confidence. That’s a bad thing for not only opposing offenses, but Stewart and Ward because this is a young man on the rise and I believe he has more talent than both.
He says Will Parks didn’t mean any bad intent towards any of his teammates. It was wrong place, wrong time.
His last words should be up on a billboard on what it takes to make it in the NFL: “Effort. Complete effort can’t be taught, but can teach up technique.”