As I posted on Twitter last night, I thought he did a nice job in his first interaction with the media since the transfer from Alabama. Projected a nice mix of confidence, humility and self-awareness.
You might be saying: “But A-Mac, I clicked on your Sims link, and nowhere in there does it talk about what the main challenge for Sims will be in the next month. Help!”
Here you go, from offensive coordinator Bill Lazor: “The No. 1 thing Philip has to do is learn our system, and that’s going to take time. We really pushed it, taking a brand new guy and getting these team reps the first day…That’ll be the challenge for him early on. Because every day, we’re going to put new stuff in, and it’s going to pile up. Even though he has the experience of college football and schemes that he can relate it to, in the huddle it’s got to come out in our language. That’ll be his challenge. But he has some talent, so if we can help him put that all together, then he’ll compete.”
Sims’ take on learning the system? “It’s pretty much the same system [as Alabama]. It’s different terminology. I’ve told everybody’s that’s asked me the question, football is football, whether you’re 5 or 55. Football is football. Everybody’s going to run the same things. The only difference is some people call it one thing and somebody else calls it a complete opposite thing. The hard part is dropping what you’ve learned – not dropping it; whatever you’ve leared is going to help you – but putting that aside and accepting the new things that the coaches are trying to teach you, the new terminology.”
-Don’t forget about David Watford in this whole quarterback-anointing process. He threw some gorgeous deep balls yesterday. I think he’ll wind up redshirting but if he looks like that every day and/or Sims needs more time, he’ll be an option.
-Watford said he would not move to another position. “I came here to play quarterback, and that’s what I want to do.”
-Rocco is set up two lockers down from Sims. They’ve hit it off over the summer. “I’m a competitor, but I’m also a good teammate,” Rocco said. “I’m not going to have any hard feelings. We’re going to work together. But in the end, I believe it’s my job to lose. I’m going to keep competing as hard as I can to keep my job….He’s a great friend…Whatever happens in the end happens. We trust the coaches’ decision-making, but we’re not going to let that ruin our relationship.”
-And finally, here are five questions facing the Cavs as they enter fall practice.
-The Hokies begin TODAY. Andy has a look at the five biggest questions facing Tech here.
-I made my Cook-Out drive-thru debut yesterday. Why didn’t you guys tell me how good that place is?