Chris Simms gets a lot of attention for some of his contrarian takes, and he dropped a whopper about Taysom Hill and Tua Tagovailoa on Thursday.
Simms, who started 16 NFL games between 2004 and 2009 for the Buccaneers, Titans and Broncos and is the son of legendary former Giants quarterback Phil Simms, opined that he would take Hill over Tagovailoa.
Simms, responding to his “ProFootballTalk” co-host Mike Florio, attributed Hill’s poor performance in the Saints’ 27-17 loss to the Cowboys last week to a finger injury before taking aim at Tua.
“This is where I’m gonna sound like a Tua hater,” Simms said. “Listen, the whole world can throw the ball five yards over the middle. You don’t need to pick a quarterback No. 5 in the draft to throw the ball 5-6 yards over the middle. Or, like Logan Ryan said, run to the left and throw one yard in the flat.”
Simms said that the game plan expectations for Hill — who was 19 for 41 passing for 264 yards, two touchdown passes and four interceptions against Dallas — were much more challenging.
“They asked Taysom Hill to throw the ball 30-50 yards down the field, things not asked of Tua,” Simms said. “So — idiots on Twitter: Shut up. You’re an idiot. Get off Twitter and learn something else. You’re an idiot.”
The Dolphins have won five games in a row during which Tagovailoa has appeared to show marked improvement. In that stretch, he has five touchdown passes to one interception.
One person who presumably agrees with Simms’ inflammatory take is Saints coach Sean Payton, whose endorsement of Hill led New Orleans to extend the quarterback earlier this season to the tune of four years, $40 million with $21.5 million guaranteed.