Grossman Still Polarizing to the Bitter End

Rex Grossman. Perhaps more than any player the Chicago Bears franchise has ever had, the former Florida Gator gunslinger and first-round draft pick inspired blood-red passionate debate. Now that he is a free agent and gone for good, supporters (and detractors) say goodbye (and good riddance).


I was a Rex Grossman fan and believe that he still has a chance to salvage his career. With that being said, I believe that it is time for him to move on. However, there is a bright side to this story. Because of the Bears' inability to draft a franchise signal caller, there will be another guy for us to boo real soon. "(Insert name here) is our quarterback."


I've been counting down to 11:01 p.m., February 26, 2009, since Wrecks Gross-man was drafted.


Rex is going to be a free agent. That means more than just becoming another QB on the free market ready for a team to negotiate for his services. He is free from the Chicago Bears and their inability to integrate his special talents into their offense. He is free from an offense that was not designed for him. Unfortunately, he'll never be free from the blame put on him by shortsighted fans and, worse, an echo-chamber media.

As a fan, I was excited to see Grossman get drafted by the Bears in 2003. Drafting a QB in the first round is a huge thing for my beloved Bears. I also realized that this kid was an unbroken colt, allowed to seemingly throw at a whim in college. That's a tendency that will be broken, and he will become more disciplined in the NFL. So I thought then.

I believe there is a team out there that has a more conducive approach into taking advantage of Grossman's talents. Yes, fans, Rex can hand-off the ball. And yes, his play-action with quick release can catch a receiver in stride. Just limit the pass plays and allow him to mature. I think he just needs to catch on to a run-first, pass-second type approach and get away from those long handoffs as a replacement for the running game.

The Bears' failure to integrate a consistent Rex into the offense became a running media gag that I hope stops as he moves on. I hope to hear and read about how Rex finally matured into a starting role. And maybe, us Bears fans will re-learn the fact that there is more to running an offense than conceding the entire game plan to the arm of a QB. That's just not Bears football.

And I, for one, am severely disappointed in the inability of the Bears to develop Rex as an NFL QB.

I will keep a close eye on Grossman and wish him well because I am a fan of his. And I am still waiting for somebody to break-in the wild colt. Good luck, Rex. Just not against the Bears, please.


Rex, I think you got a fair shot by the team but a raw deal by the fans. We tend to remember your bad games and forget about your good ones. I still remember your playoff victories. Good luck.


Thanks, Rex. You've given us some good times and some bad, but I believe you gave it your all. I can't say that I'm sad to see you go, though. My prediction is he'll sit as a No. 2 on a team, and then one day in six to eight years we'll see a No. 1 go down to injury or a young QB falter, and good ole No. 8 will have his number called again. Who knows, maybe he'll be the next Kerry Collins, Gus Frerotte, or even Kurt Warner.

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Really weird, to put it lightly.

The bomb interceptions don't bother me so much if they are on third down and they're thrown from around midfield. They are essentially punts.

I hope you go to Dallas, Rex, and supplant the overrated Tony Romo after he chokes in yet another big game or playoff game. Then you'll have real support on and off the field, as well as a Princeton grad for an OC.


Best of luck to you, Rex.


Though I enjoyed watching you play and your ability to stretch the field, I'm going to have to say that I'm glad you are gone from Chicago. The organization gave you entirely too much time to prove your worth, and if it wasn't for the numerous injuries that you endured during your career, maybe the organization would've figured out well beforehand that you weren't the answer to our QB problems. You didn't deserve the booing fans or anything like that, but you did deserve to be released a long time ago. You now leave us with Kyle Orton and his dink-and-dunk masterpiece he calls an effective offensive attack. Thanks, Rex. Way to go out of your way to pay the loyal fans of the Chicago Bears back. You could've at least beat Orton out for the starting job, for God's sake, so that we aren't stuck in another situation that is similar to your own. So, as a loyal, die-hard Bears fan, I say thanks for the good games, thanks for the bad games that made you interesting, and thanks a lot for blowing your shot to be the answer to our QB problems. Next year, we'll have a similar thing going for Orton, and it's all because of you. Thanks, little guy.


Goodbye Rex. I had to respect all the hard work you put in to recover from your early injuries, and all the different offenses you had to learn. That strength of character represented the Chicago Bears well on and off the field. I know you have talent, and I hope you can develop consistency. Good luck.


Rex, you brought hope to an organization that has not had a franchise QB since Sid Luckman. You looked like the real deal early on and did an admirable job in 2006. You were an important part of the Super Bowl run, and I wish it would have turned out better for you.

I believe the coaching staff destroyed you by not building a strong line and good run support for you. They also failed in finding a true No. 1 receiver yet expected you to be perfect. I blame the coaches for calling bad plays and using bad schemes and game adjustments consistently. They truly failed to play toward your strengths.

The fans that booed and treated you badly should be ashamed. They destroyed your confidence and made you feel like an outsider on your own field. I am sorry this is how things turned out for you. Chicago destroyed you, and you showed a lot of grit for continuing to try even though nobody was in your corner.

I believe you will succeed in the right situation and wish you the best. I truly wish things would have worked out differently. You actually made Sundays exciting for a few years.

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I never wanted anything bad to happen to Grossman. I was hoping that he'd turn the corner and actually improve and become the franchise QB that Chicago has been starving for since Jim McMahon. Rex never developed, and I blame that on the lack of competition during training camp. That falls right onto Jerry Angelo's shoulders.

Look at it this way: If the Angler would have brought in true QB competition, Rex might have learned something and would have been pushed to be a better quarterback. But no, he was given the job, and the job was held for him time and time again.

Good luck, Rex. I hope you have a nice career, except for when you face the Bears.


Bye, Rex. I appreciated your professionalism last year, but it is time to part ways.


Well, first off I would like to say thank you for all you have done. I have been there, and I have supported you through your good and bad times. I believe that everything happens for a reason. Please keep your head high and don't give up on yourself. You are bound for bigger and better things to come. I know in my heart that you will be a blessing to some other team. I will still be rooting for you no matter where you go in the NFL, I promise you. I'm sorry for how all the fans judged you. Nobody is perfect, and it just goes to show that you are human. We all make mistakes. It's one thing to be disappointed, but it's another to judge someone. I wish you the best of luck and god bless, and I believe you will be led to greener pastures. No. 8, you will always be a Bear in my eyes.


Rex was given every opportunity to take the Bears' QB job and run with it, but he never did. Rex had an NFL-caliber arm but was too short and too slow of foot. I'm glad he's gone or soon to be gone. Another busted No. 1 draft pick. Rex has no one to blame but himself.


I still think Rex was the best QB we've had since Erik Kramer. He did get a raw deal with the media and some fans in this town. I still believe if he didn't get injured so much in his early career with this team, and some help form the Bears brass up front on the O-Line and a monster WR, he would have been our franchise QB for years. I stick to my belief that you give him one more second to throw, and he is a good QB. Cedric Benson didn't help him after Thomas Jones was gone, as well.

For what it's worth, and I know there will be a ton of people that disagree with me here, but the wrong guy is leaving this team. I hope he doesn't end up in the NFC North. Mark my words: He will come back to haunt this team at some point if he does.

Good luck, Rex. I hope you get some redemption with the bozos that threw stuff and booed you every game. I'm a lifelong Bears fan, and those people are a disgrace to this team's fan base.

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May the road rise to meet you, but not like when Brian Griese slammed his chin into the concrete before he left Denver.

May the wind always be at your back, because when it's not you end up with 109-yard field goal returns.

May the sun shine warm upon your face, because, honestly, cold sunny days suck.

And the rains fall soft upon your fields. It helps make lots of little ones with that hot wife of yours.

And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand, because that's way better than grinding you under His heel.


Good luck, Rex. I always supported you, and I always will. I hope you prove me right and stick it to everyone who doubted you.


With Grossman departing Halas Hall, Bears fans can finally give up the hopes they had of him turning into the next great QB. He was one of the most debated Chicago Bears ever, and he almost divided the town. We had the Grossman supporters and haters that would fight to the last breath, giving their reason why they supported him or didn't. Rex now has a chance to put himself in a better position, as some team will salivate over an opportunity to put his cannon back into service. The Bears also get an opportunity to move on by opening up a spot for Caleb Hanie to get more reps behind Orton. Best of luck, Rex.


Did anyone else's anus squeeze shut every time Rex would bomb it downfield? Like deep down you had that feeling that it would get picked off, and it was a defense mechanism because you felt like Rex was taking any chance the Bears had of winning? Weird, I know.


You could have been the face of this franchise. I remember in '06 when you and Muhsin Muhammad shot a Pro Bowl commercial together. Those were the days.

Unfortunately, your "#$%! it, I'm going deep" attitude caught up to you. If we had a true No. 1 wideout to throw to, this concept may have worked. But we didn't, nor did your game play.

I really think fans were way too hard on you. There is no doubt that, if in the right system, you will excel. I honestly see you playing for another team and haunting the Bears for years.

Or you'll never get a decent shot at starting again and will end up riding the pine. Either way, good luck.

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