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Old 06-06-2006, 08:45 AM  
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It's Now Or Never for Sims

It's Now Or Never for Sims

By: Jeffrey Rake
Warpaint Illustrated Columnist
Date: Jun 6, 2006

If Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive tackle Ryan Sims is to ever sign a high-dollar contract in the NFL again, he’ll have to do something that he hasn’t done in his four seasons with the Chiefs: Play at a consistently high level.

Sims is entering the fifth year of a seven-year rookie contract that he signed in 2002 after the Chiefs selected him with the sixth pick in the first round.

When Chiefs president/general manager Carl Peterson drafted Sims, he thought he was getting a player that would demand double teams from opposing offensive lines. He thought he was getting a space-eater and a guy that would explode off the line of scrimmage and plug gaps with his 6-foot-4, 315-pound frame.

So far Sims has failed to live up those expectations. After showing up to mini-camp last month a few pounds overweight, you have to wonder if he’ll ever develop the work ethic and drive that’s necessary to become a successful player.

The problem with Sims is that he has been impossible to motivate. Former coach Dick Vermeil was unable to get through to him during his tenure. When Sims arrived to his first training camp, Vermeil called Sims “fat and out of shape.”

Many fans and media have already started knocking him this off-season. By now, the words “Ryan Sims” and “bust” are practically synonymous.

While his play is usually uninspiring, he has shown flashes of brilliance. During a three-game stretch in 2003, Sims had 14 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble.

Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to maintain that type of production and is usually mired in mediocrity. He takes too many plays off and has more disappearing acts than a magician.

It doesn’t take a football guru to realize that Sims’ energy level drops over the course of a game. More often than not, he gets pushed around in the fourth quarter and shows signs of fatigue.

Again, he has been able to make some big plays (think back to the Denver game at Arrowhead in 2003, when Sims made a game-saving tackle on third down against running back Clinton Portis), but too often he is a liability.

He doesn’t pressure the quarterback the way he did as a three-year starter at the University of North Carolina. He has just five sacks in his entire career.

So how can the Chiefs get Sims to realize his potential?

Head coach Herman Edwards and his staff shouldn’t take the approach that Vermeil tried.

Vermeil was a huge critic of running back Larry Johnson and often used the media to try and get his point across. He questioned Johnson’s character and moved him behind Derrick Blaylock on the depth chart. Vermeil’s plan worked to perfection, as Johnson tried hard to prove himself and had a breakout season in 2005.

The same approach didn’t work for Sims, a player that clearly frustrated Vermeil despite the work he put in last season to return from a foot injury.

If Vermeil were still coaching the Chiefs, he probably would have had a few negative comments about Sims arriving to mini-camp a few pounds overweight. But Edwards seems to be taking a positive approach with Sims.

“I’m not worried about him,” Edwards said. “Some big guys in the off-season, they gain a couple of extra pounds. He’s a pro … he’ll get down to where he needs to play again.”

The Chiefs are also hoping that their new defensive line coach, Tim Krumrie, can light a spark. Krumrie has a reputation around the league as being a fiery, hands-on coach. If he can’t get Sims excited about playing football then nobody can.
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:48 AM   #2
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It's Now Or Never for Sims

By: Jeffrey Rake
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That's all I needed to read. I'm sure everything else sucked. STOP SPAMMING!!!!!11ONEONEONE
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:49 AM   #3
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Wow. Where was I during those three games in 2003 when he actually showed up? I don't remember that at all.

I hope Krumrie can light a fire under him.
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:50 AM   #4
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That's all I needed to read. I'm sure everything else sucked. STOP SPAMMING!!!!!11ONEONEONE
lol.

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Old 06-06-2006, 08:50 AM   #5
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That's all I needed to read. I'm sure everything else sucked. STOP SPAMMING!!!!!11ONEONEONE
Crap, I read the article before seeing that. I feel dirty.
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:52 AM   #6
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Wow. Where was I during those three games in 2003 when he actually showed up? I don't remember that at all.

I hope Krumrie can light a fire under him.
It was just before his injury (obviously). Krumrie is intense and he's a hands on coach. I'm impressed with the guy thus far. But, what do I know?
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:53 AM   #7
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It was just before his injury (obviously). Krumrie is intense and he's a hands on coach. I'm impressed with the guy thus far. But, what do I know?
Oh, did you decide to read the article now?
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:54 AM   #8
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This is the reason you never draft a player who was the second best on his college line. This is also the same reason I'm glad we didn't get Manny Lawson.

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3 Detroit Joey Harrington QB Oregon
4 Buffalo Mike Williams T Texas
5 San Diego Quentin Jammer CB Texas
6 Kansas City Ryan Sims DT North Carolina
7 Minnesota Bryant McKinnie T Miami
8 Dallas Roy Williams SS Oklahoma
9 Jacksonville John Henderson DT Tennessee
10 Cincinnati Levi Jones T Arizona State
11 Indianapolis Dwight Freeney DE Syracuse
12 Arizona Wendell Bryant DT Wisconsin
13 New Orleans Donte' Stallworth WR Tennessee
14 N.Y. Giants Jeremy Shockey TE Miami
15 Tennessee Albert Haynesworth DT Tennessee
16 Cleveland William Green RB Boston College
17 Oakland Phillip Buchanon CB Miami
18 Atlanta T.J. Duckett RB Michigan State
19 Denver Ashley Lelie WR Hawaii
20 Green Bay Javon Walker WR Florida State
21 New England Daniel Graham TE Colorado
22 N.Y. Jets Bryan Thomas DE Ala.-Birmingham
23 Oakland Napoleon Harris OLB Northwestern
24 Baltimore Ed Reed SS Miami
25 New Orleans Charles Grant DE Georgia
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Oh, did you decide to read the article now?
Of course I read it. The Warpaint editorializing was sarcasm from me.
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1 Houston David Carr QB Fresno State
2 Carolina Julius Peppers DE North Carolina
3 Detroit Joey Harrington QB Oregon
4 Buffalo Mike Williams T Texas
5 San Diego Quentin Jammer CB Texas
6 Kansas City Ryan Sims DT North Carolina
7 Minnesota Bryant McKinnie T Miami
8 Dallas Roy Williams SS Oklahoma
9 Jacksonville John Henderson DT Tennessee
10 Cincinnati Levi Jones T Arizona State
11 Indianapolis Dwight Freeney DE Syracuse
12 Arizona Wendell Bryant DT Wisconsin
13 New Orleans Donte' Stallworth WR Tennessee
14 N.Y. Giants Jeremy Shockey TE Miami
15 Tennessee Albert Haynesworth DT Tennessee
16 Cleveland William Green RB Boston College
17 Oakland Phillip Buchanon CB Miami
18 Atlanta T.J. Duckett RB Michigan State
19 Denver Ashley Lelie WR Hawaii
20 Green Bay Javon Walker WR Florida State
21 New England Daniel Graham TE Colorado
22 N.Y. Jets Bryan Thomas DE Ala.-Birmingham
23 Oakland Napoleon Harris OLB Northwestern
24 Baltimore Ed Reed SS Miami
25 New Orleans Charles Grant DE Georgia
26 Philadelphia Lito Sheppard CB Florida
27 San Francisco Mike Rumph FS Miami
28 Seattle Jerramy Stevens TE Washington
29 Chicago Marc Colombo T Boston College
30 Pittsburgh Kendall Simmons G Auburn
31 St. Louis Robert Thomas OLB UCLA
32 Washington Patrick Ramsey QB Tulane

you could have Bolded Roy Williams , Donte' Stallworth,
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Damnit Carl!

1 Houston David Carr QB Fresno State
2 Carolina Julius Peppers DE North Carolina
3 Detroit Joey Harrington QB Oregon
4 Buffalo Mike Williams T Texas
5 San Diego Quentin Jammer CB Texas
6 Kansas City Ryan Sims DT North Carolina
7 Minnesota Bryant McKinnie T Miami
8 Dallas Roy Williams SS Oklahoma
9 Jacksonville John Henderson DT Tennessee
10 Cincinnati Levi Jones T Arizona State
11 Indianapolis Dwight Freeney DE Syracuse
12 Arizona Wendell Bryant DT Wisconsin
13 New Orleans Donte' Stallworth WR Tennessee
14 N.Y. Giants Jeremy Shockey TE Miami
15 Tennessee Albert Haynesworth DT Tennessee
16 Cleveland William Green RB Boston College
17 Oakland Phillip Buchanon CB Miami
18 Atlanta T.J. Duckett RB Michigan State
19 Denver Ashley Lelie WR Hawaii
20 Green Bay Javon Walker WR Florida State
21 New England Daniel Graham TE Colorado
22 N.Y. Jets Bryan Thomas DE Ala.-Birmingham
23 Oakland Napoleon Harris OLB Northwestern
24 Baltimore Ed Reed SS Miami
25 New Orleans Charles Grant DE Georgia
26 Philadelphia Lito Sheppard CB Florida
27 San Francisco Mike Rumph FS Miami
28 Seattle Jerramy Stevens TE Washington
29 Chicago Marc Colombo T Boston College
30 Pittsburgh Kendall Simmons G Auburn
31 St. Louis Robert Thomas OLB UCLA
32 Washington Patrick Ramsey QB Tulane
You can't do that. For every name on there there are tons of others in the same positions that didn't live up to their pick... William Green, Albert Haynesworth, there are quite a few names on that list that faded into mediocrity...

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you could have Bolded Roy Williams , Donte' Stallworth,

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