Titans' goal-line stand hero Jeffery Simmons knew to expect Bills sneak: 'Just put my big arms around him'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It’s rarely that a protective lineman takes the video game into his own hands, however that’s precisely what Jeffery Simmons provided for the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. On the most significant of phases versus a Super Bowl preferred, the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Simmons controlled his offending lineman and swallowed Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen whole on fourth-and-1 to protect a 34-31 triumph.

Simmons strolled into the postgame interview in Nissan Stadium with the well-deserved video game ball in hand. He still isn’t sure how gamers get ahold of these video game balls, however he’s grateful colleague Kevin Byard worked out the valued pigskin for him. 

“I don’t know how you get the ball, but KB actually gave me the ball. He was like, ‘Who made the tackle?’ I was like ‘Who you think?'” Simmons stated with a laugh.

Simmons not just got the very best of his offending lineman from the dive, however he then dealt with Allen and ensured he didn’t get the couple of inches he required to keep Buffalo’s hopes alive. Turns out, Simmons understood precisely what was beginning that essential 4th down. All he needed to do was carry out.  

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“We know what they kind of do, especially in those types of situations,” Simmons stated. “We know if the quarterback come under the center like that, we anticipate sneak. That was the play I thought they were gonna run and they did. I was inside of the tackle, got my head on the tackle, quarterback right there, he tried to get low — just put my big arms around him, he can’t move so, he was short.”

Simmons isn’t a family name, however the 24-year-old has actually revealed the prospective to turn into one of the most dominant interior protective linemen in the NFL. His large size and brute strength certainly assist, however it was his IQ, quick-thinking and desire to carry out, which eventually kept the Titans in the win column.

“Give our guys credit, give our staff credit,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel stated after the video game. “They tried to walk into one. Our guys adjusted quickly without hesitation. Very, very well-prepared for that. They were able to execute. Obviously the players were the ones that were able to get the push and the penetration. We got down in there as he walked under center.”

The Titans are not a group that is understood for their stout defense, and injuries definitely have actually not assisted their case either. Still, throughout Monday night’s match this system protected its objective line with whatever it had. The Bills offense went simply 2 of 5 at a loss zone, and left points on the field that were much required in the 4th quarter. It wasn’t best for Tennessee, however it was definitely enough. 



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