Titans’ Jeffery Simmons says Titans can ‘dominate’ Chiefs’ OL; Orlando Brown, Trey Smith offer little response

Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons proved he may have been a bit repetitive on Thursday.

Five weeks after Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaq Barrett joked about the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line before a Week 4 game, Simmons made an interesting comment when he spoke to him. SiriusXM Radio.

“I know our front four when we go out there, I … I watch tape,” Simmons said. NFL.com. “So I look at the offensive linemen that 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 and we know them. Looking forward to the next game. Anyone can be. [Joe] Thuney or Trey Smith at guard. But I’m very confident that our defense will go out there and have a good day.”

To be fair, he praised the bosses during the same interview.

“They have a good team. We know them. They know us,” Simmons said. “They haven’t changed. Honestly, we might be missing a few pieces, but we haven’t changed and we’re just like them. They still have Mahomes and Travis Kelce. They’re desperate to get the ball to Travis Kelce, and that means they got back Mahomes, a really good player. Man, I live for games like this where no one thinks we’re going to go in and win big. “I’m happy every game, but games like this mean a little more to me because I know what kind of team we have here in Tennessee.”

Barrett told reporters in Week 4 that he doesn’t see much of a difference between the Chiefs’ current offensive line and the one in Super Bowl LV (yes, that offensive line), he added that he thinks his Bucs defense can “impose its will” and have a “coming out party.” As a result, the Chiefs’ O-line played its best game of the season and won 41-31.

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When asked about Simmons’ comments about the chiefs’ room, Brown sounded like he had something to say to Barrett a few weeks ago.

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“Understanding that it’s just football,” Simmons said of his speech. “Everybody has their own element, their part of the game, they need to motivate themselves and different things. As a unit, we take great pride in doing our job and doing what we need to do as a unit and as individuals. When people make comments like this, they are heard, and we get it. “Football is a competitive sport, but at the end of the day, when the lights come on, we understand that we have to take care of ourselves.”

Like Brown, Smith declined to comment even after learning he was mentioned by name in the second-team All-Pro defensive tackle.

“At the end of the day, we’re going to go in and do our job, play it all and just keep playing the game,” Smith said, “and focus on the game plan. We’re not going to worry about any outside impressions. [We’re] focused on getting the job done.”

In two regular-season games against the Chiefs, Simmons had four touchdowns, and the Titans won in 2019 and 2021. As a rookie, Simmons had 26 defensive tackles in the 2019 AFC Championship Game, but was left off the stat sheet.

He will come to Arrowhead with one sack in each of his last three games, but the Chiefs’ offensive line has shown a gradual upward trajectory, and despite an embarrassing loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3, they changed the starting lineup. guards.

“The Colts game, I would say right now was our bottom, I know we didn’t play well,” Brown added. “Since then, it seems like every day in training, every week, every game, it’s been steadily climbing. Improving and improving in general. I can say that too, and that’s one of the reasons why I say it. You can say the same for everyone else in the room. Really focus on your craft every week, focus on improving your system and really focus on taking on the challenge.”

Brown said the chiefs will focus on that rather than any “bulletin material.”

“When you go out on the field, the lights are on and the doors are locked,” he said. “It’s man on man. That’s when you’re face to face and what happens happens.”


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