My girlfriend liked yesterday's blog, but she said it was too long, so I'll try to keep this one short. If you knew me, you'd know how hard this is going to be for me...
I've been talking with Bill, my good friend at work. He's been a Bears fan for more than fifty years. He's an old school football fan, you know, a "three yards and a cloud of dust" kinda guy. Bill has an interesting theory about Rex Grossman. Bill feels the Bears have ruined Rex Grossman psychologically. After talking to him this morning, I agree.
Some Bears fans have been screaming for Rex's head ever since he put forth his first single-digit-QB-rating for a game. What Bill and I are asking is what would've happened if Lovie had pulled Rex at halftime (or at the end of the first quarter) when his rating was in the 30's, 40's, or 50's? Those are still bad numbers, but they're NOT single digits.
When Rex started last year, everyone knew he was still largely untested and he still had to gain that oh so valuable in game experience. We feel that pulling him instead of leaving him to fail miserably in a game would've greatly increased his chances at improving his game in the following ways:
1. Pulling him after a shaky quarter or half sends a message to Rex: Perform during the game or sit on the bench.
2. Pulling him sends a message to the rest of the team: We don't care who you think you are, perform during the game or sit on the bench.
3. Pulling Rex would've given him time to watch a seasoned veteran play at game speed.
4. Pulling Rex would've given him more time to see how the defense reacts to the offense at game speed.
5. By leaving him in the game to flounder, the Bears reinforced his bad habits, instead of stopping them in their tracks.
6. Benching Rex would've kept his confidence intact. It would've stopped him before he really screwed up and drew the ire of the fans.
Now we have a once-quarterback-of-the-future who is being booed off the field and having things thrown at him as he leaves through the tunnel, which is just great for any young player's psyche. We could've had a once-great-quarterback-of-the-future who is still learning and developing.
Way to go Bears.