Ron Turner said "We Got two guys that can get the ball to our receivers." Brandon LLoyd bought it, and became the second free agent to sign with the Bears. Now we just have to figure out just who Turner is talking about.
Rex Grossman? Truly a talent. Can throw the ball 60 yards on the fly, developing into a deepstrike master. Unfortunately, the game calls for much shorter passes most of the time, and Rex just can't seem to see those pesky linebackers/defensive backs/corners/safeties/blitzers. And one good pop, and the offending player just needs to say "boo" to get Rex to throw the ball where he (Rex) isn't, which seems to be where an opposing player is standing.
Kyle Orton? Decent game manager, can hit the dink-and-dunk pass, reasonably avoids the rush, and has displayed a broader vision than Rex. He could be serviceable except for one glaring weakness: the coach's support. Reminescent of Drew Bledsoe and the Patriots, the guy only led the Bears to a 10-5 record in '05 before having to give way to Rex. The Bears then went to the playoffs with Rex at the helm.
In '06, the defense won so many games that the comparisons to the vaunted '85 Bears "D" were catalogued and argued. They WERE good. Problem was, Rex was still the QB and it took miraculous games from various defensive players, most notably Urlacher's game against the Arizona Cardinals that made Dennis Green utter the now famous line, "They were who we thought they were!", to get the Bears to their 13-3 record. His up and down season ended in a valley as the Bears lost to the Colts in the Superbowl.
In '07, the bears QB position was a revolving door. Kyle got three games out of the deal, while they shuttled Rex in every time things had cooled off enough to put him back on the field. Going 7-9, Lovie Smith, the Bears Head Coach, was mocked for saying Rex is our Quarterback.
And now we have Brandon LLoyd, the ink still wet on his contract, saying Rex is the starter. O.K., Ron. There IS an open competition for the starting quarterback job. If Kyle or the rookie Jerry selects wins, then I'll believe you