Dud of the Week: Rex Grossman

We at Bear Report support the fact that quarterbacks get too much credit for winning and too much blame for losing. However, that theory might not apply anymore after the Bears won 24-23 despite Rex Grossman's career-worst performance. The former Gator has his team 6-0, but he is still the runaway Bear Report Dud of the Week.

Stop and think for a minute about what had to happen in order for the Bears to beat the Cardinals on Monday Night Football.

Turnovers is usually the most important statistic in the NFL, right? Quarterback Rex Grossman was starting to hear his name mentioned as a possible league MVP this season after Week 5, but he threw four interceptions and lost two fumbles along the way in Week 6.

How about time of possession and third down conversions, the two most telling stats of offensive efficiency? The Cardinals had the ball for a ridiculous 39:43 compared to 20:17 for the Bears, just about a two-to-one advantage. And Chicago was under 30% on third down, converting just 4-of-14 opportunites (plus 0-for-1 on fourth down).

Well then, usually whichever team runs the ball better tends to come out on top. The Bears managed just 34 yards on the ground as a team, but the more telling statistic is the fact that they only had 16 attempts because they were trailing - and trailing big - from start to finish. Arizona had 66 yards themselves, not exactly a Herculean feat, but 38 rushes is a huge number regardless of the actual production.

Despite all this, the Bears created three second-half touchdowns on defense and special teams and gift-wrapped a victory for their would-be-goat QB. Grossman had the worst game of his career, completing just 14-of-37 passes for 148 yards and no scores. He gave kicker Robbie Gould one field goal attempt, but aside from that, the offense was stuck in quicksand all evening.

Although he'll certainly take it, Grossman won't get any credit for this ugly win. He's buying dinner for the likes of Brian Urlacher and Devin Hester this week for sure. Grossman is 6-0 as the starter in 2006, but he's still the Bear Report Dud of the Week.

JC


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