As has happened quite a few times this NFL offseason, a player is backtracking in statments he made about something he should have tought about a little bit more before he said it. That player in this case is Bears defensive linemen Tommie Harris, who stated a few days back that he would like Eagles current QB Donovan McNabb to be the Bears starting QB this season. Whoops. Did Harris forget that the Bears already have a quarterback. Well, at least they have a player who is listed as a quarterback, and in this case, that is Rex Grossman, who certainly has had his share of Bears fans who would no longer like to have him as their QB.
But back to Harris, who on Monday was in full damage control mode, saying “sorry” to teammates about the comments. “I will be careful the next time I joke around,” Harris said in Tuesday’s Philadelphia Inquirer. “Donovan was behind the camera laughing. We were joking around and it escalated to more than what it was. I apologized to the rest of my team. I was very embarrassed with how much it blew up with the media. My team forgave me, so that’s all that matters.”
Harris was in Philly for McNabb’s charity golf tourney, so maybe it was just a case of showin some love for McNabb, who himself has himself undergone some interesting times in the city he plays in. First it was the whispers that maybe the team should replace McNabb for good with last years QB hero – Jeff Garcia, then it was the first round drafting of QB Kevin Kolb, that reportedly didn’t sit well with McNabb.
For now though, things with Grossman and Harris seem to have smoothed over, as Grossman at first didn’t comment, but then did state: “I know Tommie and we have a great relationship,” Grossman said. “It was not that big a deal. He’s my guy.” Hmmm. Sure about that Rex? Let’s see what happens next time he throws three picks in a game.