Another week, another former quarterback turned television analyst offering their take on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. But unlike Terry Bradshaw, Phil Simms had positive things to say about him.
During last night's "NFL MONDAY QB" show on CBS Sports Network, Simms was asked to choose between Cutler and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Cutler and Stafford meet on "Monday Night Football" next week.
"I'm going to take Jay Cutler because the guy has a big arm," said Simms, who spent 14 seasons with New York Giants. "I like the fact that he is athletic and can move around. And he is not afraid to take chances. And he does not get to play, he does not have the benefit of playing in one of those pass-heavy offenses where you can put up all of these really fancy numbers, which are not that real. But his are real. And let's come down to this too - and I mean this as a compliment. He's mean. He's an angry guy. And I think angry is a big part of being a quarterback in the NFL."
Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon, though, took Stafford's side.
"After missing 19 starts in his first two seasons, [Stafford] has shown me that he's tough and he's durable," said Gannon, the 2002 NFL most valuable player. "He can bring his team from behind. We saw that again yesterday against Philadelphia. And I think we're talking about a quarterback who is a special player. He threw for over 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns a season ago. He took the Lions to the playoffs for the first time since 1999."