The pool of
free-agent quarterbacks won't be deep, and anyone of note would be pricey.
That's an issue because the Bears have other concerns: re-signing linebacker
Lance Briggs and wideout Bernard Berrian, addressing an aging offensive line,
possibly upgrading the running game because Cedric Benson has not been a
credible replacement for Thomas Jones.
Even at his best,
Grossman is not regarded as a quarterback who can carry a team. Last season he
benefited from a strong running game, a stingy defense and sure-handed
receivers. This season the Bears' running game ranks 29th in the league, the
defense is surrendering nearly six additional points a game and the receiving
corps that according to STATS LLC dropped just 12 passes last season had nearly
doubled that total, with 23, entering last Sunday's game.
All of those
factors have contributed to Grossman's inconsistency. His strengths are
play-action passes and throwing the deep ball. But with the running game
stalled, defenses are not biting on play fakes. "We weren't going to give
him the deep, over-our-head ball," Seahawks safety Brian Russell said on
Sunday. "It was our game plan to limit those big plays and make him dink
Smith, who has
always been solidly in Grossman's corner, did not immediately commit to him as
the starter this week against visiting Denver. But either way, the bigger
decision will come after the season.
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