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.