Stud of the Week: Brian Griese

There have been very few grumblings about a potential quarterback controversy in training camp down in Bourbonnais, but after Friday night's exhibition opener, expect that topic to be burning up the local sports talk radio stations. Second-string quarterback Brian Griese is the Bear Report Stud of the Week after his blistering performance against the 49ers.

GM Jerry Angelo signed Brian Griese in the offseason because the Bears had been crippled offensively by instability and inexperience at the quarterback position for too long. With a solid track record of success and plenty of muscle memory in the west coast offense, Griese looked to be a perfect fit as the veteran backup behind Rex Grossman. Little did Angelo know that just one week into the preseason he would have a full-blown quarterback controversy on his hands.

Griese is the Bear Report Stud of the Week after an awfully impressive debut in a Chicago uniform. The former Wolverine completed 6-of-7 passes through the air for 134 yards and two touchdowns. He took what the defense gave him most of the night, but when a big-play opportunity presented itself, he let it fly.

With just about a minute to go in what had been a scoreless first half for the Bears, Griese hit reserve tight end Gabe Reid in the right flat, who then bounced off a tackler and found the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown catch. After halftime, Griese returned and threw a gorgeous 41-yard TD pass to slot man Rashied Davis. A converted defensive back and former Arena League player, Davis proved to be a potent weapon with four catches for 91 yards and a score.

Griese will undoubtedly remain in the backup role once practice resumes on Sunday in Bourbonnais, but if Grossman continues to stink and Griese continues to shine, head coach Lovie Smith will have a big decision to make if this Bears team is going to make some noise in the NFC this year.

JC


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