Well, friends, the season is over. The Bears have no shot at a Super Bowl and Rex Grossman has no future in the NFL. It has finally been revealed that the idea of going undefeated was a bunch of “hokum” and now we must accept the fate of going one-and-out in the playoffs. Or at least, that’s what the all-knowledgeable Jay Mariotti is trying to tell us.
Jay has a new punching bag on this team, and he has hung the pathetic nickname “Rex the Hex” on him. Yes, folks, Jay has taken the difficult position of being overly critical of a player who has started less than a season’s worth of games. He even went so far as to name drop Cade McNown in his bashing of Rex:
I saw Cade McNown at a downtown restaurant recently, but who knew he cloned his No. 8 from six years ago and hung it on Rex’s shoulders?
Wow, Jay! Cade McNown! You must be hanging at all the hot spots! You’re so hip- you really have your finger on the pulse of Chicago, you short little bastard. And yes. Rex Grossman is the next Cade McNown. He obviously has no future in this league. I say we waive him. Jay even has a replacement in mind:
...the calls for a proven Brian Griese will begin.
Wow. “Proven” is the adjective you go for with Brian Griese? What exactly has been “proven” about him? That he is a mediocre quarterback who is over thirty years old and has been passed around the league like a hot potato? The Bears have a future to think about, Jay. They aren’t going to overreact after every bad game.
As we all know, Rex wasn’t great yesterday. He had a bad game. But we have the ability to look at the bigger picture and see that calls to replace the young quarterback would only be made by, well… short and whiney sports columnists with an inferiority complex. We understand that his favorite receiver was injured early, leaving Rex to throw to someone who was obviously on a different page. We understand that a rookie punt returner fumbled the ball inside the ten yard line, making this much more of a blowout than it actually was. We understand that the Bears are 7-1 and have a stranglehold on their division. But most of all, we understand that they probably just weren’t pumped up for a game against a crappy team.
Remember last month when Jay wrote a glowing column about Lovie (the same one where he misquoted Rex Grossman)? The gist of that column was that Lovie would keep this team fired up - even against less than stellar teams. Once again, Jay was wrong.