The Bears QB Controversy – Now In It’s 57th Smash Year!

Chicago Bears starting quarterback du jour Brian Griese fell down and hurt himself last Sunday. Former Bears Savior and current Bears Scapegoat Rex Grossman stepped in and threw a 59-yard bomb to take the lead and win the game. Speculation immediately swirled about who would hold the starting job next Sunday. I feel it’s important to point out that it took Grossman two and a half quarters to score against the worst defense in the NFL. One should never, ever, need to execute a dramatic, last-minute, come-from-behind victory against the Oakland Raiders. The question, however, is this: If Griese hadn’t gotten hurt, could he have pulled it off?

Best case scenario: Griese is in fact too hurt to play next week, and Grossman gets the gig by default. That would put off any need to choose sides. Plus, change has always provided a spark for the Bears &#8212 remember Rex taking over for Kyle Orton against Atlanta in 2005? Or Griese’s first game against Detroit after Grossman got benched? (Yeah, we lost that one, but we also scored our second-highest point total of the season.) Perhaps Lovie Smith should consider calling Chris Leak back up and having a four-man starting rotation, like in baseball. That’d keep everybody on their toes!

The Bears still have a shot at the playoffs this year, although it’ll have to be as a wild card because there’s no way we’re getting past Green Bay. Whether we make it or not, there’s no denying this is not the same team that went to the Super Bowl last year. Grossman, fresh from five weeks riding the pine, should be itching for a chance to prove he’s learned from his past mistakes. That could be enough to carry the Bears past the surging Seattle Seahawks, whom Grossman beat twice last year.

But that’s a long shot. And it isn’t long term.

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