From USA Today’s Michael McCarthy.

CBS sportscaster Phil Simms blasted ESPN’s Steve Young on Monday as a football dilettante who shouldn’t question the physical or mental toughness of his son Chris Simms, quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The war of words between the former Super Bowl MVPs erupted after Young, appearing on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, questioned whether Chris Simms had the “mental toughness” to handle the “information overload” of the NFL after growing up in a “laissez-faire” atmosphere.”

“When you follow football one day a week it’s hard to know much what is going on,” Simms said about Young.

Simms, the former New York Giants quarterback turned lead football analyst for CBS, added he won’t stand for Young questioning his 25-year-old son’s mental toughness.

“He didn’t grow up in a laissez-faire atmosphere. Far from it. Come to my house and live with me and we’ll see how laissez-faire it is,” Simms said.

(on the left, the mentally tough Chris Simms)

After cutting his teeth up on the mean streets of Greenwich, CT (see Shane McMahon, Mean St. Posse, etc.) and having matriculated at Brigham Young University, I think Steve Young is well qualified to comment on a laissez-faire atmosphere.