This year there was big news of a new quarterbacks coach in Pep Hamilton, Rex solving some mechanical problems and him being a year older in the system. They were somewhat lackluster as an offense in preseason, but that's not odd for any offense that tries to get into a rhythm in less than a half's worth of work. "Everything will be fine when the regular season hits," I said.
Well, on the second offensive play of the game, the season hit Rex Grossman right in the chest in the form of blitzing Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips. The Bears never got going and even though he only threw one meaningless interception, he never got the team going. "Well, the run game was really bad also," I said. "He'll do better against the Chiefs." They did beat the Chiefs, but it wasn't necessarily because of anything Rex did. He threw two more picks, never scrambled and never really looked comfortable. "Um, they won the game, and he threw a touchdown." That was all I had.
Sunday night was supposed to be the big test. I even sat around telling friends both present and on the phone about how Rex has more TD's, yards, wins and NFC titles than the current media golden boy, and their opponent Sunday night, Tony Romo. Both QB's made errors and had teammates make mistakes that cost them both (each had a receivers drop passes that were either in the end zone or sure touchdowns.) Somehow though, Romo continued to elude the rush, find open receivers and score touchdowns. Of course Rex didn't help by throwing it to Cowboys consistently, having one turn into a nail-in-the-coffin return for a touchdown.
Our QB situation is simple here in Chicago. It's like when you've been going on a string of bad date's with "3's" for years and you finally end up meeting a "6.5." Even though that "6.5" isn't going to be "The One," you keep seeing them because it's such a step up from the "3's" you've ran through. You're afraid to dump the "6.5" but they still don't treat you well, and often disappoint you in key times. Hopefully either "Wrecks" proves he's more like the "8" on his jersey, or the Bears decide to go back to searching for their "10."