REX IS STILL OUR QUARTERBACK
A certain Zoner Sports reader is really letting me have it over my backing of Rex Grossman. If you would like to read about it check the comments in the Bears Dynasty post.
So allow me to clarify a few things.
First, I don’t think Grossman is the greatest thing since low-fat Doritos. But to say that he “sucks” is just ridiculous. People forget the guy has persevered through some really tough injuries. Then last year when everyone was placing bets on what week he would be injured and out for the season, he comes out as an early MVP candidate. He was a HUGE reason why the Bears made it as far as they did. He had some incredible games and ended up with 23 TD passes. And most importantly made other teams respect the Bears deep passing game.
Had the coaching staff freaked out like the fans did last year in the preseason, it’s possible we would not have made it to the Super Bowl. He didn’t throw a TD pass until the final preseason game last year. And that’s what we are talking about now aren’t we? His performance during a preseason game.
So with that said, let’s take a look at another player similar to Grossman.
Grossman played in just 8 games before last year, his first full season as a starter. Marc Bulger played in 7 games before his first full season as a starter, which was 2003.
So let’s look and see what happened to Bulger that year. He threw for 22 TDs and matched that with 22 picks. He also had 8 fumbles, just like Rex did last year. Bulger even had 6 last year.
Pretty similar, no? Did people pick on Bulger then? Are they happy he is still there now?
Most quarterbacks that have success in the league will see their interceptions decrease as they gain more experience.
Carson Palmer had 18 TDs and 18 picks his first year. Peyton Manning had 28 picks his first year. You get the point. Favre even had 8 fumbles last year.
Grossman is really like any other first year QB, except much more successful. I don’t think he’s Palmer or Manning, but he could be very good for a long time. And I’m not sure why he gets scrutinized more than other QBs.
I know there are questions about his moxie, his decision making. And if after the first few weeks of the season he is fumbling away games or making terrible decisions, I’ll be the first to call for him to hit the bench.
But until then–say it with me–Rex is our quarterback.
[tags]Chicago Bears, NFL, Rex Grossman[/tags]