Former Chicago Bears QB Jim McMahon, who spent plenty of days in the spotlight while in the Windy City, is not above giving advice to current Bears signal caller Rex Grossman. McMahon knows all about taking heat from the fans and media, and after Monday night in Indy where Grossman was back to being more of a keystone cop than a Super Bowl QB, the flashy former Bears QB is quick to give some words of wisdom to Rex.
“The Bears are pretty solid all around. You don’t make mistakes, you don’t turn the football over … you shouldn’t get beat,” McMahon said. “The ball is always in [Grossman’s] hands. It was always in his hands in college. He should know what he is doing with it. I don’t know what else I can tell the kid.” Maybe what he should say is for Grossman to get some glue for his hands and the ball, as Monday night he was back to last Super Bowl form, fumbling three times, throwing a pick deep in Colts territory, and getting sacked.
This was clearly a step backword for Grossman, who last week against the Texans was 8-for-10. Against the Colts, he looked more like a rookie than a QB on the verge of trying to get his team back to the Super Bowl. “I haven’t lost any (confidence),” Grossman said. “I hope the Chicago fans and everyone else hasn’t lost any. I’m a pretty optimistic guy. Just because I throw an interception in the preseason doesn’t take away from a good camp.”
Grossman even went so far as to blame the fumbles from the loud crowd at the RCA Dome to sweaty hands. One came when Robert Mathis simply swatted the ball away as he was getting sacked. Grossman ended the night with a 51.1 QB rating. If Chicago wants to make sure their solid defense does not go to waste in 2007, coach Lovie Smith had better have a short leash waiting for Grossman, who as the season went along last season went in the tank before a brief recovery in the playoffs before a disastrous Super Bowl vs the Colts.
Mishandling the ball 4 times in 25 plays is not exactly a way to give your team confidence that you are going to be a leader on the field when the going gets tough. “I promise you it won’t be a problem,” Grossman said of the issues with the ball. If they are, he may find himself a nice warm seat on the bench come the regular season with Brian Griese taking, and holding onto, snaps.