In what has been a recurring theme in Chicagoland, Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman is stating his case for keeping his job. But after last night’s horrendous effort against the Dallas Cowboys, Grossman may be relegated to reserve status. The big question – repetitive as it has been – remained constant: Will Grossman start next Sunday against the Lions?
On Monday, Bears head coach Lovie Smith told Andrew Seligman of the Associated Press, “Will Rex Grossman start Sunday? Well, our evaluation process is going on right now, and if you come out to practice Wednesday, you’ll have a better idea of who will be starting at all positions.” When asked whether a decision had been made, Smith, cryptic as ever, said, “I’m always thinking ahead.” One would imagine that even Grossman’s supporters wouldn’t have much of a case arguing against benching Grossman.
Grossman’s numbers to date this season: 500 yards on a 52.8 completion rate, with only 1 touchdown and 6 interceptions. Not to mention a sickly 45.2 passer rating. It is well known that the Bears were hoping for the version of Grossman which won NFC Offensive Player of the Month last September. But at his current pace, there’s no guarantee that he may be starting this weekend; perhaps we will know the answer as soon as mid-week. Don’t be surprised if reserve QB Brian Griese gets the nod this weekend vs. the Lions. A move not totally unexpected, but in my opinion, long overdue.