Former Bears linebacker Lance Briggs appeared on the NFL Network in the wake of Geno Smith being punched Tuesday and revealed there were times he wanted to punch Jay Cutler.
Briggs provided some insight into locker room culture before being asked if there were ever times he wanted to take a swing at Cutler, his quarterback in Chicago.
“There have been times, yeah,” Briggs said. “But we’ve had a lot of quarterbacks. Why didn’t I do it? Out of respect.”
Briggs then went on to say he would have punched a number of former Bears quarterbacks — all except Brian Griese and Kyle Orton.
Here’s the full exchange with the NFL Network:
NFL Network: Tell the truth, did you ever want to punch Jay Cutler? Lance Briggs: There have been times, yeah, but there have been a lot of quarterbacks… NFL: Why didn’t you do it? Briggs: Why didn’t I do it? Out of respect. NFL: Craig Krenzel? Briggs: Yes, I wanted to punch him a couple of times. NFL: Caleb Hanie? Briggs: Wanted to punch him four times against the AFC. NFL: Brian Griese? Briggs: Did not want to punch Brian Griese. NFL: Kyle Orton? Briggs: Did not want to punch Kyle Orton. NFL: Rex Grossman? Briggs: I wanted to punch Rex Grossman in Miami. NFL: Kordell [Stewart]? Briggs: Yes, I wanted to punch him my very first football game against San Fran. NFL: Jonathan Quinn? Briggs: Yes, I wanted to punch him because defense was on the field 90 plays a game.
Briggs, who played 12 seasons with the Bears from 2003-14, is nothing if not honest.
He started 170 of the 173 games he played in Chicago.
You can watch the full video interview with Briggs by clicking here.