Is this the best they can do?
Bears may want to reconsider staying with Grossman
Posted: Wednesday February 7, 2007 12:00PM; Updated: Thursday February 8, 2007 9:26AM
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One last thought on Chicago quarterback Rex Grossman: Throughout Super Bowl week, we repeatedly heard from Grossman's defenders within the Bears organization that we in the media just didn't understand Rex's game and what he does for Chicago's offense. He's a winner, they said. He's not asked to be the difference-maker. He's only doing what the offense requires. He's our guy, etc ...
Well, to that I say, you got your guy in the Super Bowl. If that's all you want from your quarterback, Chicago, you got it. Grossman was his mediocre self, and his two fourth-quarter interceptions snuffed out any chance the Bears had to win a game that was surprisingly winnable through three quarters. If you're willing to set the bar so low at the game's most pivotal position, and live with that, stick with Grossman and don't look back. And when he underwhelms you once more, nobody can say much about it.
Colts head coach Tony Dungy didn't sound like a guy seriously contemplating retirement from the NFL on Monday morning, did he? One pertinent factor influencing Dungy's decision, I believe, is his intention to leave coaching behind for good once he makes the call to step down. He's not likely to play the back-and-forth retirement game that has become prevalent in recent years.
The past three Super Bowl-winning coaches to leave after winning the Big Game all later returned to the sideline, but never won another ring: Dick Vermeil of the 1999 Rams, Jimmy Johnson of the 1993 Cowboys, and Bill Parcells of the 1990 Giants. The last coach to leave on top and never return to the NFL (at least as a coach) was San Francisco's Bill Walsh, who exited after the 1988 49ers won it all.
If you count the Indianapolis Colts as a separate entity -- as anyone in Baltimore clearly does -- there are now 15 NFL franchises that have never won the Super Bowl: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Jacksonville, Tennessee, San Diego, Philadelphia, Detroit, Minnesota, Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans, Arizona, and Seattle.
Of those, the Browns, Texans, Jaguars, Lions, Saints and Cardinals have never even made the Super Bowl.
Don Banks covers pro football for SI.com.
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