Impressive opening act for Grossman

A few days of practice is hardly enough to tell whether or not the Bears will be able to put up points, but the fact that Rex Grossman looks to be grasping the offense quickly is a great start.

The second-year quarterback definitely made an impression on his new offensive coordinator.

"I think for Rex Grossman the most impressive thing so far is the fact that he's learned the language as well as he has and he's capable of stepping into a huddle for the first time ever with this kind of a language system and he rolls right with it," Terry Shea said.

While Grossman asked for a playbook when Shea took over as offensive coordinator more than two months ago, the two have been limited in their work together because teams are not allowed to hold formal meetings in the off-season. So Grossman has had to take a lot of the responsibility of learning the terminology of the new offense on his own.

Grossman was excited to finally get out of the classroom and back onto the field for the first time in three months.

"I've been studying the playbook for a long time and just finally got a chance to get out there and throw the routes. It was fun to get out there again," Grossman said.

Through the weekend Grossman made some nice deep throws, but did struggle at times on shorter routes. However all in all Shea was pleased with the performance.

"What he showed was anticipation, which the really good quarterbacks throw the ball when their receiver is not open," Shea said. "If you wait until he's open, he's too late in this offense."

If there is a question Grossman not only has Shea and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson to turn to, but a signal caller that has spent two years in the system the Bears are now running. Jonathan Quinn, who is now Grossman's backup with the release of Chris Chandler, has been more than willing to lend a helping hand.

"I'm with Jonathan Quinn a lot," Grossman said. "He's right there by my side helping me. Any question I have obviously he knows the offense down pat. It's good to have him and coach Wilson and coach Shea. They're all right there. So I've got a lot of support if I need it."

Grossman started three games as a rookie and will now be counted on to not only be the quarterback for the entire season, but be a leader of the offense.

"I'm trying to lead by example and know my assignments and be there for my teammates to ask questions and hopefully learn it as fast as possible so they can look to me as a guy who knows the offense and team-wise just do the right things -- keep everybody positive and win some games," Grossman said.

Lovie Smith said that Grossman and Brian Urlacher set a good tone for the mini-camp.

"Without pointing out one guy in particular, I think both leaders on both sides of the ball, Brian and Rex, I think they came out strong and I think the rest of the team followed their lead," Smith said. "There's a lot that goes into being the quarterback in this system, but Rex is catching on quickly. We think Rex is exactly where he should be at this point."

Grossman didn't show any hangover from his middle finger injury on his throwing hand, but admitted the hand still needs strengthening.


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