Dud of the Week: Rex Grossman

For the third consecutive year, Rex Grossman arrived in Bourbonnais for training camp as the unquestioned starter at quarterback. But now those questions will have to be asked with the former Gator playing so poorly and backup Brian Griese looking awfully good in Friday's preseason opener. Grossman is the Bear Report Dud of the Week after a forgettable night in the City by the Bay.

The Bears traded down from the #4 overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft in order to get both the #14 and #22 slots. Their selection at 14, defensive end Michael Haynes, has largely been a disappointment and is most likely spending his last days in a Chicago uniform. The pick at 22, quarterback Rex Grossman, has played well when given the opportunity but is still largely unproven thanks in part to some unlucky and unfortunate injuries.

2006 was supposed to be Grossman's year. He is totally healthy, has a full year of offensive coordinator Ron Turner' system under his belt, and seems to have the respect of everybody in the locker room. That being said, if he continues to perform like he did on Friday night in San Francisco, fans will start labeling him a draft day bust like they did Haynes long ago.

Grossman was an anemic 3-of-11 for 47 yards, and the starting offense committed two turnovers while he was at the controls. The first occurred after he hit Mark Bradley for a 16-yard reception, but his receiver fumbled the football and set up the 49ers for a gimme field goal. Shortly thereafter, Grossman fumbled a snap from center, something we have seen a lot of down in Bourbonnais, and linebacker Jeff Ulbrich scooped it up and scampered 32 yards for a San Francisco touchdown.

Quarterbacks always receive too much of the credit in wins and too much of the blame in losses, but nevertheless, Grossman is more than deserving of the Bear Report Dud of the Week.


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