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DaKCMan AP
02-26-2009, 04:12 PM
Rex Grossman: A Bear no more

The first grumbles of a possible home for Rex Grossman are coming from Detroit and Houston. The Texans are looking to replace soon-to-be-traded backup Sage Rosenfels while Detroit is looking to do so many things.

Free agency begins at 11:01 p.m., at which time Grossman's tenure here is ovah, and he joins a motley crew of ho-hum QB free agents, including Dan Orlovsky, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Patrick Ramsey.

Why any team would take a pass on Jeff Garcia for the likes of Sex Cannon, however, is beyond me.

It's interesting to note how the Houston Chronicle describes Grossman to its readers who haven't endured the roller coaster Rexlationship this city has mired in for the past six years.

John McClain reports:

"Grossman, 28, was a No. 1 pick with the Bears who helped them reach the Super Bowl after the 2006 season but lost his starting job. He had one start last season when he had two touchdowns and two interceptions."

My God, there is so much more to that story.

But somehow, not everyone is as happy as Sports Pros(e) to see Grossman go. Trib columnist David Haugh yesterday spent 1,300 words defending Grossman, contesting that the former Gator didn't get a fair shake in Chicago. Short of streaming violin music in the background, Haugh's column is almost enough to make even the most vocal boo bird blush:

"'Some of my home games felt like away games,' Grossman said Wednesday in a Sirius Radio interview.


"It speaks to how deeply scarred Grossman feels that he specifically turned down requests from the Tribune and other Chicago media, according to agent Eugene Parker, and broke his prolonged silence on a national satellite radio show.

...

"To say all the abuse comes with the territory of being an NFL quarterback lets too many fools off the hook. The treatment was over-the-top."


Like any departure from Chicago of a polarizing athlete, Grossman's departure is sure to stir of a bevy of emotions. So, what do you say, Chicago? What kind of sendoff do you think Rex Grossman deserves?

http://blogs.suntimes.com/sportsprose/2009/02/rex_grossman_a_bear_no_more.html


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Pestilence
02-26-2009, 04:13 PM
WPI just blew up.

blueballs
02-26-2009, 04:14 PM
The Dallas Cowboys have announced they have released QB Brad Johnson.
woo hoo

DaKCMan AP
02-26-2009, 04:14 PM
Here's the Haugh article mentioned above:

Chicago happy to see Rex Grossman go
But there's really no good reason for it

David Haugh | On the Bears
10:36 PM CST, February 25, 2009

History will be kinder to Rex Grossman in Chicago than Section 146 at Soldier Field ever was.

Grossman officially becomes an ex-Bear at 11:01 p.m. Thursday when NFL free agency begins, so start rehearsing your toasts now to celebrate Chicago's favorite quarterback to hate being Rex-iled from the city.

When Chicago baseball fan favorites Mark DeRosa and Joe Crede left town, it created civic angst. Meanwhile, Grossman, one of two Bears quarterbacks to start a Super Bowl, has been getting offers to drive him to O'Hare since 2007.

Bears fans will miss him like they miss frostbite. Not since Cade McNown has Chicago been so happy to rid itself of a quarterback.

That's not fair, and that's the point.

Nothing about Grossman's tortured six-year tenure with the Bears ever was fair, from the rash of injuries that wrecked his progress to his treatment outside Halas Hall.

Critics will add that nothing about any so-called quarterback competition involving Grossman ever felt fair either. What coach Lovie Smith and the Bears called loyalty others interpreted as entitlement, and Grossman was doomed.

That the Bears won 19 of 31 games Grossman started didn't matter. The perception Grossman hadn't earned the opportunities the Bears kept giving him reduced his margin of error and hurt his image as much as any bad interception.

The disappointment in Grossman's decline could be understood. Grossman lacked consistency and the high-risk, high-reward approach ultimately made him too erratic to trust.

The trademark confidence that helped make Grossman a first-round draft pick and a Heisman Trophy runner-up had vanished. Without it, a smallish quarterback with limited mobility because of injuries cannot succeed. When Grossman started to doubt himself sometime during the start of the '07 season, his big arm suddenly became no big deal.

What's much harder to understand as Grossman departs is why Chicago revolted against the person as well as the quarterback. Big jerks have come and gone through the city's sports gates without becoming the polarizing force Grossman oddly became.

The guy even was booed at Soldier Field Family Night last August. The public probably never will know the worst of the abuse he took.

Unbearable indeed.

"Some of my home games felt like away games," Grossman said Wednesday in a Sirius Radio interview.

It speaks to how deeply scarred Grossman feels that he specifically turned down requests from the Tribune and other Chicago media, according to agent Eugene Parker, and broke his prolonged silence on a national satellite radio show.

"I want to prove to everybody in Chicago, I want to prove to everybody in the media, in the NFL and to myself that I am one of the best quarterbacks in this league," Grossman said.

He should settle for aspiring to be a really good one or even consistent. To offer one last critique, whether it's his potential or the open receiver, Grossman needs to embrace the comforts of middle ground.

That's mild criticism compared to what Grossman grew used to here. To say all the abuse comes with the territory of being an NFL quarterback lets too many fools off the hook. The treatment was over-the-top.

There was the time Grossman called the media "ignorant" at the Super Bowl and occasional comments that raised an eyebrow about his focus. But Grossman never consistently behaved on or off the field in a way that merited the silliness that marred his Bears stay.

Strip away emotion and sentiment and the numbers tell this story: Grossman deserves credit for helping lead the Bears to a Super Bowl but, because of injury and inconsistency, still fell short of expectations for a first-round draft pick. Though disappointing, Grossman's achievements still were too respectable to become Chicago's most polarizing athlete since Sammy Sosa's latter days.

Consider only two Bears quarterbacks have started Super Bowls— Jim McMahon and Grossman, who ranks among the franchise's top 10 in career attempts, completions and passer rating (70.2). The Bears have won five playoff games since Super Bowl XX and Grossman started two of them.

Mike Tomczak started two of those postseason victories (in 1988 and 1990) and eventually led the Steelers to a playoff appearance in 1996.

After Jim Harbaugh left he played so well for the Colts that his name is part of the team's Ring of Honor.

If Grossman finds life after the Bears better too, it shouldn't surprise fans in Chicago. We already know it won't please many of them.

dhaugh@tribune.com

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-26-haugh-bears-rex-grossman-.ar0feb26,0,1996069.column

crazycoffey
02-26-2009, 04:25 PM
Rex has a bad rap.

Soupnazi
02-26-2009, 04:28 PM
Rex has a bad rap.

He sucks, but probably no more than a lot of second-string talent QBs in the NFL.

doomy3
02-26-2009, 04:28 PM
This is a sad day indeed. This reminds me of this gem that Ultra Peanut posted a while back. He didn't write it, but it is ****ing hilarious.



**** It. I'm Throwing Downfield.

Is that Berrian? I think he's triple-covered. You know what? **** it. I'm throwing it downfield.

Yeah, I see Jones open on the flank. But **** that. Dumpoff passes are for pillowbiters. I'm ****ing Sexy Rexy Grossman. I can get that ball in there. And, even if I can't, I bet I'll be able to pull it off the next go round. I like throwing the ball long. It makes my dick hard.

What's that? I should throw a quick slant? **** that. That's gay. Button hook? Gay. Flare out? Gay. Screen pass? Kevin Spacey gay. This is ****ing football. You can't just expect wins to come to you. You can't massage that shit. You gotta grab that game by the throat and rape the ever-loving shit out of it. You think a 5-yard out is gonna win you a game? You're a pussy. This ain't John Shoop running this offense. Sexy Rexy's got the arm. The dragon. You gotta unleash the dragon.

Okay, I'm throwing it. Nice. Look how far it went. I look good. I bet I made that Pats cheerleader wet her panties with that throw. She ****ing wants me. I bet she likes it over a stair railing. I can hit that with 100% accuracy, my dear. Mmmmmm. I am delicious.

Oh shit. Looks like Samuel caught it. Again. Oh well. It still felt ****ing great to throw that shit. Tell me that wasn't one of the prettiest passes you ever saw. You know what? Not only am I gonna throw it long the next time we hit the field. I'm gonna throw it even longer. Harder. You see that kid in wheelchair sitting in the end zone bleachers? I'm gonna nail him right between the ****ing eyes with a Sexy Rexy fastball. Why? Because I can.

This is Rex Grossman we're talking about here. We're talking 210 lbs. of twisted steel and sex appeal. I'm not just a gunslinger. I'm a cumslinger. Throwing that ball long tells all the Rexettes that I am ****ing out there. On the edge. Where I gotta be. The ladies love the danger. The unpredictability. Oh, maybe I'll tease them with a pretty touch pass every now and again. But then I'm gonna go right back to pumping that ball out for all it's worth. It tells them I throw like I ****. That's how we do things in the sexy business.

Tell me you're not turned on right now. I am.

crazycoffey
02-26-2009, 04:32 PM
He sucks, but probably no more than a lot of second-string talent QBs in the NFL.


better than thigpen, croyle, and huard, so - he's better than any qb we've started for the last two years...

wild1
02-26-2009, 04:43 PM
i dont know why detroit would want him they already had joey harrington

chiefforlife
02-26-2009, 04:45 PM
WPI just blew up.

You dont help.

FTR, there isnt even a thread about it.

Smed1065
02-26-2009, 04:45 PM
better than thigpen, croyle, and huard, so - he's better than any qb we've started for the last two years...

:spock:

Brock
02-26-2009, 04:50 PM
better than thigpen, croyle, and huard, so - he's better than any qb we've started for the last two years...

He isn't better than Thigpen.

doomy3
02-26-2009, 04:51 PM
He isn't better than Thigpen.

He plays for another team, not the Chiefs. So, by default on this board, he is better than Thigpen.

Simply Red
02-26-2009, 04:53 PM
He isn't better than Thigpen.

that

rad
02-26-2009, 04:58 PM
This is a sad day indeed. This reminds me of this gem that Ultra Peanut posted a while back. He didn't write it, but it is ****ing hilarious.

:clap:

What thread is that in?

doomy3
02-26-2009, 05:03 PM
:clap:

What thread is that in?

I'm not sure. I have them saved on my hard drive. Here is another one that UP posted in that same thread about Eli Manning.

I Wish Everyone Had Listened When I Said My Favorite Sport Was Squash



Do you see now, people? Have you finally ****ing figured it out?

I do not like football. I don't know how much clearer I can make that point. This sport blows. Everyone's running around and hitting each other... yikes. All I wanted when I was a kid was to hang out with my mom in the kitchen and make some zucchini bread. But nooooo, everyone's all like, "You're a Manning. You should play football!"

**** that. You should hear my dad in interviews. "We never pushed football on the boys..." Yeah right, old man. I just fell into this shit naturally. It had nothing to do with the family football games we played every afternoon for SEVENTEEN ****ING YEARS, Dad. Or the film study sessions after dinner. No, that was for fun. Ass.

And Peyton! Guhhhhh, what a ****ing dickwad. "Hey, Dad! I've memorized the playbook!" "Hey Dad, want to go look at your old game films?" "Hey Dad, I audibled to a slant-and-go pattern!" ****ing brownnoser. Hey Peyton, I just threw two picks and blew a game to Tennessee because I'm not as good as you! Isn't that exciting? ****face.

But those two aren't even the worst offenders in my family. No, I always get Cripple Boy pulling me aside and spouting off some shit like, "Cherish these games, Eli. You're lucky to be playing in them." Oh, yeah? I got crazed loons like Albert Haynesworth trying to chase me down and stomp on my ****ing nuts. Does that sound like fun to you, Cooper? You get to sell real estate and ride Jet Skis on weekends. Meanwhile, I got Coach Stalin chewing me out and the New York tabloids writing punny headlines telling everyone what a dipshit I am. Oh yeah, bro. I'll cherish these moments. They're ****ing sterling.

God dammit, do I look like I enjoy playing this game? Have you ever seen me smile? Have you even ever seen my expression change? No. I always look like someone just asked me to solve a trigonometry formula. I only play this game because everyone expected me to. I don't like hanging out in the locker room. I don't like slapping asses after a win. I don't like any of that shit.

Give me squash. There's a sport. You got two guys in a box swatting at a dead superball. Now THAT I can get on board with. No coaches. No annoying family members telling you about how "great the game is". None of that crap. Just you, some other sweaty guy, and lots of grunting. Bliss.

I got a bigass signing bonus, you know. I could play that shit all day. All I have to do is prove to everyone that I'm not good enough to play this bullshit football. Critics say I'm inaccurate. Wanna bet? I'm the most accurate ****ing passer in the world, people. Those aren't interceptions I'm throwing. They are ****ING CRIES FOR HELP.

Don't you get it? I don't want to do this anymore. Let some other moron run sit back in the pocket, waiting to get jacked. If only I could just quit, like that dipshit Tiki. He says he's quitting and the entire media slobs his knob for going out "before he does permanent damage to his body". Whore. If I quit tomorrow, everyone would call me a gutless pussy. What a bunch of bullshit. Eat shit, Tiki. Eat my shit.

I'm gonna get out of this game. And if it means throwing another 20 dead-on picks and costing the Giants the playoffs, then **** it. I'm doing it. You can't stop me. Nothing will keep Eli from that squash court.