The Gryphon’s new defensive backs coach brings a considerable amount of professional experience with him. Not only did Marcello Simmons coach six seasons with the Toronto Argonauts but he had an extensive professional playing career in the CFL and NFL. Simmons won two Grey Cups as a player and a third one as a coach.
Simmons coached with the Argos from 2003 to 2008, working under Michael “Pinball” Clemons. Most of that time he held the position of Special Teams Coordinator and/or DBs coach. Simmons also has one season of experience in the CIS having spent 2010 as a defensive assistant with the Acadia Axemen.
Simmons also spent most of his 7 year CFL playing career with the Argos. Traded twice Simmons played one season with Edmonton, and was briefly with BC, before ending up back in Toronto. Simmons is a native of Texas and played his college ball at Southern Methodist University. He was named the Ponies most improved player in 1992. In the 1993 NFL draft Simmons was a 4th round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals. He played two seasons with the Bengals, dressing in 16 games and starting two.
Marcello Simmons was on the field coaching at the Gryphon’s Spring camp. He wouldn’t have needed any introduction to our new receivers coach Mike Danischewsky who served as a volunteer assistant with the Argos in 2003 & 2004. Interestingly, I believe those were the same seasons our former OC Perry Marchese was an offensive assistant and RB coach with the Argos.