Simms calls out Young

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

They are both former quarterbacks and both prominent NFL commentators.

And now they are involved in a war of words we can call a battle of the network stars.

ESPN's Steve Young, the ex-San Francisco 49er great, has raised the ire of CBS's Phil Simms, ex-New York Giants star.

Last week on ESPN's NFL Countdown, Young questioned the future of Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Chris Simms, Phil's son.

"I worry that he grew up in a much different, laissez-faire kind of atmosphere," Young said. "And I'm worried he doesn't have the mental toughness to deal with the information overload that comes with the NFL."

Predictably, that set off the elder Simms in defence of his boy, who is starting to look more comfortable as a pro.

"Come to my house and let's see how laissez-faire it may be," Simms said. "I don't know how Steve Young lives his life, but I don't live mine that way. And I didn't raise my kids that way. You can say whatever you want about my son, but one thing that'll get me mad is about toughness."

The younger Simms will be after his third consecutive win since replacing Brian Griese when the Bucs play host to the Chicago Bears tomorrow.

"In the environment I grew up in, being the son of Phil Simms, you had to be mentally tough," Chris said. "Especially going to the Giants games and hearing people yell at your dad in the stands."

MOPEY MOSS

Apparently winning isn't enough for Oakland Raiders receiver Randy Moss.

During last week's victory against the Redskins, Moss went into a tantrum, jumping up and down on the sidelines.

The problem?

Quarterback Kerry Collins made Jerry Porter his go-to target during the 16-13 comeback.

"All great receivers like the ball," Collins said this week. "No quarterback likes to be shown up, either.

"I'm sure if there was a problem, we could talk about it. But I don't get into that stuff too much unless it really bothers me."


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