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Sunday, December 4th, 2016

THE GROSSMAN DEBATE

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The headline reads “The best Rx for what ail Bears? Griese”. Rick Morrissey today writes that the Bears should bench Grossman and play Brian Griese.

Pay no attention to what his teammates say publicly. You won’t hear this from them, but they want to win with the best players available.

The best player for this particular situation is Brian Griese.

Kyle Orton won eight straight games last year, but Quick Draw Lovie took away his starting job after a bad loss to Pittsburgh. Grossman obviously is better than Orton. We don’t know if Griese is better than Grossman, but we need to find out now.

I think he just made my point. Kyle Orton was a rookie 4th round pick playing only because Grossman was hurt. Grossman was a 1st round pick chosen as a franchise QB. We know what Griese can do. 9 years in the league has told us. Grossman needs to continue his path of development as long as the Bears have a comfortable lead in the NFC, which they still do.

It’s likely he’ll come back and get his numbers up these last games. What if he doesn’t? When do you pull him?

I’ll say halftime of the 1st playoff game. Or if you have the NFC solidified you play Griese some in the last couple games of the year.

These are the inevitable growing pains of a young but talented QB. As long as it doesn’t stunt the team’s growth he should play on. The questions about whether he can win a super bowl are ridiculous. Of course he can. With the Bears D and an increasingly effective running game, to me that is a silly question. The kid will throw for about 3500 yards and 25 TDs. Yes he throws picks. But the Bears are takeaway fiends, compensating for their offensive mistakes.

The question that should be asked is when will Cedric Benson get 20+ carries in a game. He was ramming the Pats on Sunday, exploding through the line and defenders. If pass blocking is indeed the sticking point it shouldn’t be anymore. Thomas Jones has looked brutal while blocking lately.

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