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'Politics of the NFL' keeping Matt Simms from getting a shot, brother Chris Simms says

Quarterback Matt Simms of the Jets throws during

Quarterback Matt Simms of the Jets throws during warmups for a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 22, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Credit: Getty Images / Rich Schultz

What is Matt Simms' biggest obstacle to becoming an NFL starter?

His last name, says his brother.

During a radio interview Tuesday on WFAN, Chris Simms said his younger brother, a third-year backup on the Jets' quarterback depth chart, hasn't been given a fair shot due to their father's second career as a broadcaster.

Their father, of course, is Phil Simms -- a two-time Super Bowl champion and a Super Bowl MVP quarterback for the Giants during his 15-year career.

"I don't know why teams haven't tried to get Matt altogether. I honestly think, maybe, because my Dad's involved in the media and I'm involved in the media. Sometimes people don't want to deal with it altogether," said Chris Simms, who now works for Bleacher Report and CBS after playing eight seasons in the NFL with the Buccaneers, Broncos and Titans.

"[Matt] hasn't proven himself to be an NFL starter or anything like that, but every opportunity he's gotten, whether it's the preseason or even coming up in mop-up duty in the regular season, he's done very well and taken advantage of those chances. . . . I truly believe if his last name was not Simms, teams would be wanting him to be their backup quarterback."

Chris Simms went a step further, saying that their father's high profile in the broadcasting world has "without a doubt" hurt -- not helped -- his brother's chances of advancing up the quarterback depth chart.

"Dad and I, of course, we know are not the most soft-spoken people in the world," said Chris Simms, who last played in 2010. "The NFL, as you guys know, coaches are so conservative, very right wing, want everything to be private, don't want anybody to know their stuff. Now you get a guy like Matt Simms and now Phil Simms knows what this team is doing behind the scenes and maybe he agrees or thinks it's stupid.

"I do, I think some of that is part of the politics of the NFL."

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