That Sound You Hear?

It’s the Brian Griese bandwagon tires deflating. The Bears beat the Rams 42-27 last night and Rex Grossman performed admirably, throwing for 200 yards and 2 TD’s. But the star of the show was Devin Hester, who ran back two kicks for touchdowns and electrified the national tv audience. And while Rex answered his critics with an error-free game, you have to wonder about the defense now, which looked pretty awful at times last night. Tommie Harris is out for the season and Peanut Tillman is still, in my opinion, the weak link on the defense.

But the important issue right now is that Grossman got the chance to play and redeem himself, and he did. If Brian Griese had started, as so many fans and columnists had been screaming for the past few weeks, we would never have known whether Rex was capable of going four quarters without an interception. Patience, people. That’s all I was saying. Stability at QB is something that the Bears have not had in a long time, and I think it means a lot.

But let’s be real about it: the fickle fans won’t be totally satisfied. Rex was in a lose-lose situation: if he played poorly then he would be yanked; if he played well, then it was only against a bad team, so what does it mean anyway? I haven’t read the papers yet, maybe someone’s already said it? Hey, he may still play poorly again this season, it happens. But he also may get his confidence back and be ready for the playoffs. Only one way to find out.

Three mostly meaningless games left against really bad teams. I bet Brian Griese will get his time in after all.

2 Comments so far

  1. WCG (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 9:45 am

    Don’t fret over the defense. Our secondary was banged up against a very good Rams passing attack. Also, with Hester’s runs it put the Bears D on the field more than they should have been. It kept them winded. The Bears D will be fine, once we get Vashar and Johnson back.

  2. Bill V (unregistered) on December 12th, 2006 @ 1:20 pm

    I would agree about not worrying about the defense. They did fine against a very good Ram offense that had many more plays than did the Bears, mostly because of the two returns. Bulger threw over 50 passes, many of them into a prevent-type defense.

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