While the Chicago Bears 17-13 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday was not all that unexpected, the bigger fish to fry in Chicago right now is the play of quarterback Rex Grossman, and what it means as the Bears make their playoff run and set their sights on home field advantage. Grossman struggled again on Sunday, throwing three picks and completing just 44 percent of his passes for 176 yards. He was unable to lead the Bears to the end zone from the Pats five at one point, allowing the opportunity to slip away with a fumbled snap.
Grossman’s season seems to be slipping away a bit, he was red-hot to start the season, throwing 10 touchdowns and three interceptions over his first five games. In the last six games, he has thrown eight touchdowns, but the bigger number is the 11 picks that he has thrown as the Bears have gone 4-2. He has also lost four fumbles in his last six games and in four of the six games was under a 50 percent completion rate.
The Bears are not set to take a look at putting backup Brian Griese in to try and get an offensive spark going, nor should they. Putting Griese in would right now do more harm than good. Grossman is the franchise quarterback and must be allowed to work through his struggles. Only when the team starts losing on a regular basis, or Grossman gets so bad that it cannot be avoided, should a switch be made.
Newspapers and sports talk shows will light up with talk about putting Griese in for Grossman, as many comparisons will be made with last season when Grossman replaced Kyle Orton after the Bears got off to a great start, only to fold down the stretch and in the second round of the playoffs at home to the Panthers. Let’s not forget that Grossman was a big reason why the Bears offense was on fire to start the season, and now is not the time to make a move and sit him. At least not yet.