BEAR DOWN…OR BENCH UP
PV writes in a comment what I was talking about with a colleague earlier today. Interesting that we win all these games with Grossman and Thomas Jones yet come playoff-time we might be seeing Benson and Griese.
The Armchair QB comments that “Griese may be better for the Bears this year”. It’s awfully hard to argue against that.
Griese will protect the ball better than Grossman and he will move the chains consistently if not hit the home run as much as Grossman. But since Grossman is turning over the ball and not getting the intermediate passing he was earlier in the year, it certainly looks like Griese is a much better fit. Simply, the Bears don’t need to score 30 a game to win. More like 17. With an increase in production from the running game and a lights-out kicker, I don’t foresee Griese having any problems getting us that many points each week.
But I’m still clinging to Grossman because it’s always better to regain form and confidence on the playing field and the Bears are not yet in peril of losing home field advantage thorugh the playoffs.
Minnesota has a terrible pass defense. I thought Rex would go for 300 and 3 TD passes on Sunday. Instead he had a passer rating of 1.3. So I agree that if he goes out in the first half and stinks it up let’s get Griese in there. Maybe if the Bears are winning by a blowout they get Griese in there too. I’m pretty sure almost all of the Bears fans would like to see him get some meaningful reps before the playoffs. Because it’s looking inevitable that he’ll be needed at some point. Maybe even by 8pm on Monday.