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Simms Calls Relationship With Gruden “Broken’’
Posted Jun 9, 2008 by Roy Cummings
Updated Jun 9, 2008 at 07:38 PM
TAMPA – If you’re wondering why Chris Simms has been skipping all the Bucs “voluntary’’ workouts this spring, you may want to pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Tribune or check back here for an update to this blog.
I just got off the phone with Simms, who vented everything he has to vent, which is one way of saying he would have vented his spleen if he still had one to vent. But he doesn’t.
And therein lies the problem. Though he still has tremendous respect and feels great loyalty towards the Bucs owners and even their general manager, Bruce Allen, he can’t say the same for his coach, Jon Gruden.
Simms says he can “never’’ forgive Gruden for the way Gruden treated him last year while he was attempting to come back from his spleen injury and just wants to part ways with his coach.
He doesn’t deny that Gruden has taught him things he never knew or helped him develop as a quarterback, but Gruden treatment over the last year has soured Simms to the point where he just wants out of the Bucs organization.
“And that’s hard for me to say,’’ Simms said. “It kills me to say that because the Bucs have been great to me. The fans there are great. I love being in Tampa; my family loves being in Tampa.
“It’s an awesome sports town, a town that loves football. But the relationship between me and coach Gruden, it’s broken. It just is, and I don’t see any way it’s going to get better again.’’