Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons proved he might have been a little out of the loop on Thursday.
About five weeks after Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaq Barrett laughed at the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive line ahead of their Week 4 game, Simmons made some notable comments when speaking to SiriusXM radio.
“I know most of all that our front four, when we go out… I’m watching tape,” Simmons began, according to… NFL.com. “So I’m looking at the offensive linemen we have to play against, and I’m very confident that we can go out there and dominate them… Like I said, they know us, we know them. I’m looking forward to seeing them.” the match-up up front, whoever it may be. [Joe] Thuney or Trey Smith in the guard position. But I am confident that our defense will go out and have a great day.”
To be fair, he also complimented the Chiefs during the same interview.
“They have a good squad. We know them. They know us,” Simmons said. still Mahomes they still have Travis Kelce They often want to get the ball to Travis Kelce and I mean they have Mahomes back who is a really good player Man I live for these kind of games where nobody expects us to “Go in and get a big win. I’m excited every game, but these kinds of games mean just that little bit more to me because I know what kind of team I have, we have here in Tennessee.”
In Week 4, Barrett told reporters he didn’t see much difference between the Chiefs’ current offensive line and Super Bowl LV’s (yes, that offensive line), adding that he felt his Bucs defense could “impose his will” and hold a “coming-out party.” That resulted in the Chiefs’ O-line arguably playing its best game of the season with a 41-31 win.
When asked about Simmons’ comments about the Chiefs’ O-line room, Brown sounded the same as he did weeks ago when Barrett had something to say.
“It’s just a concept that football is,” said Simmons’ words. “Everyone has their own element, parts of their game that they need to motivate themselves and all those different things. As a unit we take great pride in doing our job and doing what we have to do as a unit and as individuals. When people make such comments, they are listened to and we understand that. Football is a competitive sport, but in the end we understand that when the lights come on, we have to sort things out.”
Like Brown, Smith shrugged off the comments — even after hearing the second-team All-Pro defensive tackle call him by name.
“Eventually we’re just going to do our job, play every down and just keep playing the game,” Smith said, “pretty much just stay focused on the game plan, man. We’re not really concerned about any outside comments. [We’re] focused on the job.”
In two regular season games against the Chiefs, Simmons amassed four tackles while the Titans won games in 2019 and 2021. Playing as a rookie, Simmons stayed off the stats despite 26 defensive snaps in the 2019 AFC Championship.
He will come to Arrowhead after taking a loot in each of his last three games – but the Chiefs’ offensive line has shown a gradual upward line since what would even be considered an embarrassing Week 3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts , who have since changed starting quarterbacks.
“Colts’ game, I would say, because right now our bottom was, and we know we didn’t play that game well,” Brown added. “I feel like it’s been a gradual climb since then, man, consistently every day in practice, every week, every game. Getting better and better overall. I could say the same of myself, and that’s a of the reasons I say that. You could say the same to everyone else in the room. Really, week after week, keep focusing on your craft, focus on getting better within the system and really just take on the challenge.”
Brown explained that this is what the Chiefs will focus on rather than any “message board material.”
“Once you’re on the pitch, the lights are on, the gates are locked,” he finished. “It’s man to man. At that moment you are face to face – and what happens, happens.”