John Lynch is half of what is considered to be one of the up-and-coming broadcast tandems in the NFL. Partnered with play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt, the potential Pro Football Hall of Fame safety is an analyst for Fox Sports. Known as one of the game's hardest hitters during his playing days, Lynch has drawn accolades for his work in the booth. But something the Stanford graduate said during Sunday night's exhibition game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers about Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith sounded like something … err … a Stanford graduate might not say.
"The guy is up there with the Peyton Mannings, the Drew Brees … "
The nine-time Pro Bowler mentioned Smith in the same breath as the five-time NFL MVP and author of four of the eight 5,000-yard seasons in NFL history when talking about the 2005 No. 1 pick's current contract status. His point was that Smith is every bit as valuable to his team as Manning is to the Denver Broncos and Brees is to the New Orleans Saints. And that may very well be true. Smith has played well the last three seasons and probably deserves a very large raise. But saying that a quarterback who owns one career playoff victory is "up there" with two established players at the position who each have a Super Bowl title on their resume is a little excessive.