Someone messed up and it wasn’t Rex Grossman

January 16, 2006 at 3:51 am 1 comment

It’d be easy to blame Rex Grossman for the loss today. He forced a considerable number of passes into triple and double coverage. He chucked up a few desperation passes as he was being dragged down by Carolina defenders as opposed to taking the sack. He made a questionable scramble play with the clock running down. But he also, despite consistently bad field position, led the Bears offense on three scoring drives stringing together big completion after big completion. The Carolina defense blanketed the receivers and swarmed the backfield all game long, but Grossman didn’t seem to care. I dread to make the comparison, but Grossman had moments where he looked like a young Brett Favre with his fiery competitiveness, his willingness to take risks, and his sheer moxie. It was evident the Bears’ secondary could not contain the Carolina offense, a.k.a. Steve Smith, in the first drive. And knowing that, Grossman came out of every huddle gun slinging. He and the Bears knew this was the only way the game could be won. Grossman is the player of the game on the Bear’s side of the ball. Grossman engineered three scores when Eli Manning and his high powered Giants offense couldn’t even engineer one. His performance was both gutsy and timely. Yeah, it would’ve been nice if he would have led the final drive to tie the game. But, at that point, based on the pre-game expectations, he had done enough. He had kept the Bears close in the kind of game no pundit thought the Bears could win let alone stay close. And most of all, he proved himself as the Bears’ quarterback of the future. The Bears defense, especially the secondary, are the ones that deserve the blame for today’s loss. Dubbed as the “best defense in the NFL” and drawing comparisons to the ’85 Bears, Lovie Smith’s squad was damn disappointing. They did a fair job at stopping any sustained drives up the field. The Carolina rushing attack was kept in check for most of the game. The Bears line got decent pressure on Delhomme, although not nearly as much as their last meeting. What killed them was bungling on big plays, especially to Steve Smith. All three of Steve Smith’s downfield catches were made by lapses in the Bears’ secondary. Two of them involved a Bears’ cornerback falling, and the other was a sure interception that was stripped by Smith on the way down. The Bears were cocky. They thought Charles Tillman could handle Smith one on one. And on the second or third play from the line of scrimmage, it was obvious he couldn’t. Tillman both metaphorically and literally fell on his face. Blame could also be issued to the sub par play of the special teams unit. Short kickoffs and shanked punts gave the Panthers consistently good field position. They didn’t even need long sustained drives to score. Furthermore, the Bears’ return unit, by failing to secure good field position, forced the Bears all game to make long drives up the field to score. The Panther’s average field position was at the 36. The Bears best field position all game long was at the 34. If you want to talk about bad performances, talk about the Bears secondary and the special teams unit. Grossman, if anything, kept the Bears in a game that even I thought was over after the first four plays.


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  • 1. luannstrong45840  |  April 8, 2016 at 7:07 am

    When I read this, I just remembered that exact feeling. The feeling is long-lasting but the moment of realization is the best thing ever. Be happy and God blessu2764 Click


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