Grossman Should Take the Heat for Sunday’s Blunders

I was amused at many columns, radio talk shows, and TV insiders on Monday that took the sympathy route when it came to how Rex Grossman played in Sunday’s Super Bowl. More than one stated that the weather did Rex no favors, and that due to the fact that the Colts held the ball for what seemed like forever, Rex was never able to get into a groove with the Bears offense. Make all the excuses you want for Grossman, I personally think most of that talk is a crock.

First off, both teams played in the conditions at Dolphins Stadium. Both teams had ample time to go through warmups (which were also in the rain), and both teams were victims of what ended up being the worst weather the Super Bowl was ever played in. I didn’t see Peyton Manning using weather for any type of excuse for not throwing for 300 plus yards. Manning did throw a pick, but was able to bounce back and play a good enough game to garner the MVP award.

In looking what Grossman did, his performance can directly be tied into why the Bears are not Super Bowl Champions today. He threw for just 165 yards, a decent portion of which came in late garbage time. He threw two picks, one of which led to seven points on a TD return, and dropped two snaps from center, one of which the Colts recovered. Grossman said that getting the snap from center was a bit of a challenge, but that statement is odd considering he was the only one to fumble a snap Sunday night.

I am not about going after Grossman personally, or attacking him and making threats for the errors of his ways like some overzealous Bears fans currently are. What I am saying though is that those that defend Grossman after the game he had Sunday night should really take the Coke Bottle glasses off and see that his outing was inexcusable and he needs to be accounted for. Time will heal the wounds for Grossman and the Bears fans, but for now, he should feel at least part of the wrath that goes along with angry fans after blowing the biggest game of the season.

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2 Responses to “Grossman Should Take the Heat for Sunday’s Blunders”

  1. WayBackBearsFan says:

    I understand your faulting Rex for fumbling the football. That was difficult to watch. There is no defense for unforced errors in any sport by any player.

    This was the first Superbowl played in the rain. Somebody had to lose it, and whichever team did, the fumbles would be pointed to as the most significant contributing factor.

    Let’s have some perspective though.

    Rex did not commit all of the fumbles. Cedric Benson fumbled for the first time in his pro career, just before exiting the contest. A tight end, I think it was Reid, but I’m not sure, fumbled a kickoff return. Des Clark dropped a fourth down completion late in the game, after taking a big shot. Perhaps he should have caught the ball and gotten down. The Bears were out of synch. The offensive line could not keep the Colts pass rush out of their QBs face. We saw what happens to a phenomenal QB when Brees was trying to pass against a fierce Bears pass rush two weeks earlier. Chris Harris blew a coverage, leaving the top wide receiver open by 20 plus yards for an easy TD. The Bears might have had the lead were it not for some of those factors, and then Rex would not have been forced to throw the ball to catch up.
    Let’s look at how the Bears pass the ball also. The Colts nickle and dime a defense to death. The short passing game worked in the Super Bowl against a Bears defense that could not stop them on third down. But hey, nobody else could either. Credit Tony Dungy and Payton Manning. They have done that all season long. On the other side of the ball, the long passes, which Chicago was known to live on all year long were not working. The wind and rain served as an extra defender on 30 or 40 yard passes.
    We cam criticize a young QB who took his team to the Super Bowl in his first full season as a starter. If we look back at the history of the game, not many first year QBs even get that far. I tip my hat to Rex and the Bears on the great season that they had, and the phenomenal run that they mounted to get to the game. I will be looking forward to the consistency that comes from experience in the NFL. I think that Rex will be an excellent NFL QB, and the Bears are an excellent NFL team. Coach Smith is an excellent NFL coach with a great staff. Look for the Bears to once again put together a team featuring three competitive units (offense, defense, and special teams). Look for the Bears to grow (Devin gets experience, Benson gets experience, and all the rest of the Bears have now been to the big game). Look for the Bears to be around for the next several seasons. Don’t panic. Don’t lose patience. Don’t buy into the doomsday hype. Don’t say the Bears are failures. The NFC crown is in Chicago. The Bears are now two-time division champs. Look for them to be three-time division champs and return to the playoffs with a bye again next season. Look for the experience and the lessons gained to propel them further. Look for them to win. I certainly do.

  2. WayBackBearsFan says: