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Last year Kordell Stewart didn't get enough work in the preseason and looked lost in an embarrassing performance against San Francisco to open the season. This year the Bears need to plan not to make the same mistake

Kordell threw just 38 passes in four exhibition games. As a result the quarterback looked horrendous as the Bears started the year by losing their first three games. At that point any chance of Dick Jauron saving his job was gone, but he left Rex Grossman on the bench in a desperate attempt to remain the head coach.

By the time Grossman started in Week 15 it was clear a new offense would be in place by the following season. The day Lovie Smith was hired Grossman anxiously waited for an offensive coordinator to be hired so he could start learning the playbook.

Two months passed before Grossman was able to get on the field and physically work within Terry Shea's offense. The results have been positive thus far.

"On the offensive side of the ball we started off without a quarterback (Rex Grossman) who had gotten snaps (in the new offense)," Smith said. "We feel real good about where Rex is right now. We like where (backup) Jonathan (Quinn) is, and we like the way our young quarterbacks (fifth-round pick Craig Krenzel and rookie free agent Ryan Dinwiddie) are coming along, too.

However with two rookie quarterbacks in camp that will not factor into the season unless there's a complete breakdown, Smith must realize that Grossman and Jonathan Quinn need additional game snaps this preseason in order to feel comfortable on the field.

This is a risky proposition because if Grossman were to get hurt in a preseason game and be out for any period of time then Smith would be criticized heavily.

On the hand the Bears open the season with three straight division games and there's no room for error if the team hopes to remain in the playoff hunt past September.

"I'm excited for Rex, and he's demonstrating some skill that not many quarterbacks have when it comes to just flat out spinning the ball. He's got a very special arm." -- Bears offensive coordinator Terry Shea

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