Pro Bowl brothers Michael Bennett and Martellus Bennett have no love for quarterbacks.
Which makes sense for Michael, a Seattle Seahawks defensive end whose job it is to hit opposing QBs as hard as he can, and less for Martellus Bennett, a tight end who depends on signal callers to get him the ball and who this offseason signed with the New England Patriots.
"Quarterback is the only position in the NFL where you could be mediocre and get paid. At every other position, you can't be mediocre," Michael said in August 2015, months after the Miami Dolphins gave Ryan Tannehill a $95 million contract. "If I was Ryan Tannehill and the most games I ever won was seven, how could you get a $100 million for that? I guess that's the value of the position.
"And then it's like, you're sitting at home and there's breaking news and it says that Brian Hoyer is the quarterback of the Texans. I'm like, who cares? That's not breaking news. It's really not breaking news."
So it's not surprising that, in a recent interview with ESPN, the Bennett brothers went on a quarterback-trashing spree.
“Worst quarterback in the NFL,” Michael said when asked about Jay Cutler. Martellus caught passes from Cutler for three years with the Chicago Bears. That didn't stop the tight end from piling on.
“I’d be open and he’d throw into double coverage,” Martellus said.
Cutler responded by taking the high-ish road.
Cutler on Martellus Bennett's comments: "I'm not going to comment on that, but hopefully Tom Brady can do a better job than I did." #Bears
— Jake Perper (@BearsBacker) August 3, 2016
Michael: “The greatest quarterback in the NFL.”
Martellus: “Vicious. Competitive.”
Michael: “A real Joe Montana.”
Michael also criticized Peyton Manning for not having fellow NFL players' backs.
"In the NBA, LeBron James, Chris Paul … they're at the forefront," the Seahawks defensive end said. "There's no Peyton Manning standing up for the rest of the players. He's a great player, but what has he done for the league?"
"He's cool," Martellus said. "He's like a normal white guy you see at the park trying to teach his kids how to play soccer and you know he can't really play soccer himself." Manning probably agrees.
Martellus then extended the kind sentiments about the Giants before Michael revealed that he's motivated by the prospect of the brothers meeting in the Super Bowl.
"I've been in the league for nine years now, and I've only been on two teams where the guys were a team: the New York Giants and now with the Patriots," Martellus said.
"That's why this season is so motivating — he's on the Patriots, I'm on the Seahawks," Michael followed. "What's better than both of us going to the Super Bowl in Houston … and us beating them?"