The Super Bowl is where quarterbacks cement their legacy. And two quarterbacks did that yesterday. Peyton Manning passed his way into the “greatest of all time” discussion and Rex Grossman threw himself (off his back foot, of course) into the “why does this guy have a job?” discussion.
When the always fantastic Jamie Mottram (better known to you as Mr. Irrelevant) published his list of the 40 most blogged about athletes of 2006, he included a few of our quotes, including one on Mr. Grossman. Here’s what that entry looked like:
39. Rex Grossman: “We’ve spent most of this year making fun of him because he’s going to cost his otherwise outstanding team a shot at the Super Bowl title with his awful play.” — Rumors and Rants
To all my friends out there who happen to be Bears fans, I’m not sorry. Your team absolutely deserved the 29-17 whuppin it got last night. You’ve turned Lovie Smith into a Chicago icon over night and no one stopped to ask why he stuck with such an awful quarterback all season. My opinion? Rex has compromising photos of Smith. Has to be, there’s no other explanation.
The Bears won in spite of Rex this year, yet Smith never made a change. Instead, he stuck with Grossman and made the most entertaining part of Super Bowl XLI Prince’s halftime performance. I’ve never been a huge Prince fan, but I’ll give him credit, the guy is good. Despite looking like a cross between Little Richard and Paula Abdul, he did his thing.
Anyway, as far as Rex is concerned, let’s just analyze the facts shall we?
-This season Rex Grossman had games in which he compiled ratings of: 64.9 (@ Min), 36.8 (Mia), 23.6 (NE), 1.3 (Min) and 0.0 (GB). His overall rating of 73.9 ranked 24th out of the 32 NFL quarterbacks who qualified.
-Including the Super Bowl he had seven games in which he threw two or more interceptions, including a four interception game against the always stellar Arizona Cardinal defense. His 20 interceptions (against 23 touchdowns) were the third most in the league.
-Including the NFC title game against the Saints, Grossman had six games where he had a completion percentage of 50% or less. His 54.6% completion percentage for the season was bad enough to be ranked 28th in the league.
And as for last night, Rex looked like he took the Colts and the points. He finished with two interceptions, only one touchdown, two fumbles (one lost) and a rating of 68.3 while leading his offense to just 265 total yards. Nice work Rex.
Despite the mountain of statistical evidence working against him, if you asked Smith all season, Grossman was his quarterback. Now Lovie, I know your options were limited – neither Brian Griese nor Kyle Orton remind anyone of Montana – but seriously man, you did nothing to light a fire under Grossman’s mediocre ass. In the NFL, average players lose their jobs daily and according to the stats, Grossman is far below average.
I have a ton of friends who are smart, knowledgeable and (strange as it may seem) articulate Bears fans. Seeing them talk themselves into Grossman this season was hard to watch. For their sake, I hope someone in the Bears’ front-office has a brain and they do something about the quarterback situation.
But as far as this site is concerned, I’m praying for another year of Grossman material, it’s just too easy.