Stud of the Week: Brian Griese

We searched high and low to find this week's award winner after a disappointing 23-16 exhibition loss to the Arizona Cardinals. But when it was all said and done, backup quarterback Brian Griese was the headliner once again, and for the second time in three weeks is the Bear Report Stud of the Week.

Rex Grossman trotted onto the field to a cascade of cheers last season when he entered the lineup in relief of Kyle Orton in Week 15 of the regular season against Atlanta. On Friday night, he exited to an avalanche of boos from those very same fans after another subpar outing. And although he played pretty well in the first half and finally got the first-team offense to dent the scoreboard, his 0-for-3 third quarter and costly interception on yet another forced throw had the Soldier Field crowd thirsty for the former Gator's blood.

Enter Brian Griese, the $6 million backup and former Pro Bowler, who had led three touchdown drives in only four series through two exhibition games. Looking cool as ever in the pocket and spreading the ball around to all of his backs and receivers, Bob's boy was sensational once again. Griese finished the game 10-of-14 for 131 yards and yet another touchdown pass.

Griese has now thrown four TD tosses in only about three quarters worth of live action. Head coach Lovie Smith was adament once again after the game that Grossman is and will continue to be his starting quarterback, but Griese's growing popularity and the fans' palpable impatience with Grossman is getting increasingly difficult to ignore. Griese may not have the #1 job yet, but for the second time in three weeks, he does have the honor of being named the Bear Report Stud of the Week.

JC


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