Steuber Says...

Does Rex Grossman need to "Rexit"? ... Phantasy is Reality in Philly ... Some California Steamin' in San Diego and much more as Scout.com NFL analyst Chris Steuber shares his observations from Week 3 in the NFL.

Bears Need Grossman To "Rexit"

The Bears have to move on from Rex Grossman. It's starting to become a joke. Grossman is overmatched at the NFL level and shouldn't be a starting quarterback in the league.

In Sunday night's performance against the Dallas Cowboys, which the Bears lost 34-10, Grossman completed 15-of-32 passes for 195 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions. He proved that his time as the starter in Chicago has ended.

Last season, Grossman cost the Bears a Super Bowl victory with his less-than-stellar play, and this season he's gotten off to a horrific start. Through the first three games for Chicago, Grossman hasn't displayed anything on the field that's worth noting. He's completed 47-of-89 passes for 500 yards, one touchdown, and six interceptions. Six turnovers to one score alone should be reason enough to bench him.

The Bears have a capable backup waiting in the wings -- veteran Brian Griese. Griese has had some success in the NFL, but his career has been limited by injuries. When he's played, he's shown great leadership and commands the huddle. The Bears need a leader on offense that will re-energize the playmakers and give them hope of a possible turnaround.

I'm not saying that Griese is the man for the job, but he's the best option for the Bears at the moment. Chicago has one of the best defenses in the league, and if they only had a quarterback that wouldn't give games away, they'd be one of the best teams in the NFL.

The Bears could hold out hope that the Philadelphia Eagles choose to go in another direction next season and decide to trade Donovan McNabb. McNabb, who's from Chicago, would be a welcome addition and become an instant fan favorite.


California Steamin'

The San Diego Chargers began the season with Super Bowl aspirations, but through Week 3, they're just trying to all get along. The usually mild-mannered, All-World Chargers running back Ladainian Tomlinson and quarterback Phillip Rivers got into a shouting match over on the sidelines during the third quarter of Sunday's game in Green Bay.

Tomlinson and Rivers came off the field after an offensive possession and were shown arguing as they made their way to the sideline. When they reached the sideline, the shouting turned into an argument and the two had to be separated. A few minutes went by and Rivers found Tomlinson sitting on the bench and extended his fist looking for a makeup pound. Tomlinson gave him a pound, and the argument was behind the two.


Chargers QB Philip Rivers
Mike Roemer/AP

The result of yesterday's 31-24 loss to Green Bay will likely stick with the Chargers for a while. At halftime, the San Diego was down 17-14, but took the lead early in the third quarter when Rivers hit Tomlinson on a swing pass for a 21-yard touchdown to give the Chargers a 21-17 edge. The lead stood until 2:03 of the fourth quarter when Brett Favre found Greg Jennings on a 57-yard, record-breaking touchdown connection that gave the Packers a 24-21 lead. Favre's touchdown pass was his 420th of his career, tying Dan Marino's record for the most touchdown passes in NFL history.

Tomlinson, the NFL's reigning MVP, posted 1,815 yards and 28 touchdowns last season and has only amassed 130 yards on 57 carries and one touchdown through the first three games. Obviously this isn't the production Tomlinson envisioned for himself, and he seems to be confused and frustrated by his and his team's performance thus far.

"It's still a long season," said Tomlinson. "But I mean, right now we just -- I don't know. I'm lost."

The Chargers may have reached their boiling point, and management may be rethinking their decision to replace former head coach Marty Schottenheimer -- who led the Chargers to a 14-2 record -- with Norv Turner.


Phantasy Is A Reality In Philly

What a day for fantasy football fans. If you had Jon Kitna, Roy Williams, Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook, or Kevin Curtis in your starting lineup, I'm sure you made out very well on Sunday.

Do you believe that the Philadelphia Eagles, the same team that only scored one touchdown in their previous two games, managed to post eight offensive touchdowns on their way to a 56 - 21 route over the Detroit Lions? I don't know what to believe.

Was this the same McNabb that just a week prior looked so erratic against the Washington Redskins that people in Philadelphia were counting the days until his departure? I believe it was, and I'm not really sure what to expect from here on out.

McNabb was outstanding against the Lions. He showed great accuracy as he completed 21-of-26 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns. He also introduced his newest weapon to Philadelphia on Sunday as he completed 11 passes for 221 yards and three of his four touchdown passes to wide receiver Kevin Curtis.  Curtis was the Eagles' biggest offseason acquisition and showed exactly why Philadelphia management signed him to a 6-year, $30 million deal.

Brian Westbrook, who's the most underrated superstar in the NFL, had one of his usual dual-threat days, posting 221 yards of total offense (110 yards rushing, 111 yards receiving) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving).

The Lions, who came into the game with the league's most potent offense, didn't disappoint on this day despite the loss. Kitna completed 29-of-46 passes for 446 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Kitna's numbers were impressive, but what's amazing is that he posted them whilie under pressure all day long by a Philadelphia defense that recorded nine sacks on the day.

Roy Williams was the main benefactor of Kitna's hot hand. He was on the receiving end of nine passes for 204 yards and a touchdown.

Getting back to Philadelphia, what this day means in the wide scope of things is that maybe this is the offense we can all expect for the remainder of the season. I highly doubt they will post 56 points again this season, but being able to utilize Curtis along with Westbrook, McNabb is able to showcase his skills and make the Eagles offense one of the best in the NFL.


To Whom It May Concern

· Should the Chiefs be concerned about Larry Johnson? Johnson missed all but a day or so of training camp due to a contract holdout, but he hasn't been able to get on track this season. Johnson, just like some of the other top running backs in the league, hasn't had a lot of success through the first three weeks. He's carried the ball 50 times for 140 yards and no touchdowns. Last season, Johnson rushed for 1,789 yards on 416 carries and 17 touchdowns.  And the year prior he rushed for 1,750 yards on 336 carries and 20 touchdowns. Is Johnson's lack of production due to the fact he's still shaking off a little rust, or have all the carries he's had over the years starting to catch up to him? Hopefully for the Chiefs, who invested $43 million over six years, including $19 million in guarantees, this is just Johnson working himself back into shape and not a 28-year old running back at the end of the line.

· Benching in Arizona? The Cardinals were tired of Matt Leinart's ineffectiveness on Sunday against the Ravens and replaced the second-year standout from USC with former league MVP Kurt Warner. The Cardinals were down 23-6 and then Warner rekindled some of his magic and almost led Arizona to a comeback victory. Warner connected with Anquan Boldin for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, and a Neil Rackers 41-yard field goal tied the game at 23-23 late in the fourth quarter. But the Ravens stole a victory with no time remaining when Mr. Reliable, Matt Stover, trotted in and nailed a 46-yard field goal to win the game. What does this near-victory mean for the Cardinals' quarterback situation? Probably nothing, because I don't see Arizona replacing Leinart -- their franchise quarterback -- with a veteran that's best-suited as a backup.

· I have to give a lot of credit to DeAngelo Hall for holding Steve Smith to one catch on Sunday when the Falcons and Panthers went head-to-head. But I have to say that Hall is one of the biggest dopes for allowing Smith to get into his head later in the game. Smith, who was frustrated all game because of Hall's play, was talking a lot of smack. Hall lost it and was called for a costly penalty that cost the Falcons a victory. Although Smith didn't have an impact statistically, he managed to help his team by degrading the opposition's best defender psychologically.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999.


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