Grossman Ripped at Media Day

At the annual Super Bowl media day Tuesday, it would seem the primary topic was that the Bears got to the Super Bowl not because of Rex Grossman, but in spite of him. Is all of this criticism warranted? Probably not, but it likely is only going to get worse as we near the Super Bowl game.

Tuesday was media day at the Super Bowl and for players who have never been through the question-and-answer spectacle, it was quite an eye opener. That was especially true for Bears quarterback Rex Grossman, who was barraged with questions about his lack of ability.

Grossman, who has been called by some in the national media "the worst quarterback to ever start in a Super Bowl," took the questioning with grace, but after a while it has to be something that gets to him. A former first-round pick, Grossman acknowledged that the Bears haven't had a quarterback who has made an imprint over a five-year span since Sid Luckman a half-century ago. While Grossman has had some of the better days as a quarterback – tied for the league lead with Marc Bulger for most games with a QB rating of 100 or more – he has had some truly awful games, including a game against the Vikings in which he posted the worst passer rating in 40 years for a quarterback who won a game.

Some people seem to forget that Grossman was the NFC Offensive Player of the Month in September and, whether someone is a fan or not, he led his team to the No. 1 seed in the NFC and went 2-0 in the playoffs by beating the defending NFC champion and the No. 2-seeded Saints (who many picked to upset the Bears) in the NFC Championship Game.

Is it fair to criticize Grossman so harshly? Possibly. When he's bad, he's very bad, but he did in his first full season at quarterback what it took Peyton Manning nine years to do – get to his first Super Bowl. That should be worth something.

WEDNESDAY NOTES
* Word continues to swirl around New Orleans that wide receiver Joe Horn will be released if he refuses to restructure his contract, which will call for him to be paid $4.45 million base salary and a $1 million roster bonus. Horn has said he won't take a pay cut. The Vikings, in desperate need of wide receiver help, could be a landing spot for the 35-year-old receiver who has seen his last two seasons shortened due to injury.
* While the Vikings remain inactive for a 10th day in filling its defensive coordinator position, other teams continue to make coaching moves. Cowboys safeties coach Mike MacIntyre resigned his post to become the new secondary coach for the Jets and the Dolphins fired defensive line coach Dan Quinn when he refused to sign a contract extension beyond the 2007 season.

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