Wade Wilson's five-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on steroids and related substances while the quarterbacks coach for the Bears last season prevents him from joining the Dallas Cowboys tonight at Soldier Field.
It also prevents more barbs from being thrown back-and-forth between Wilson, now the Cowboys quarterbacks coach, and his former pupil Rex Grossman. While Wilson was credited with helping Kyle Orton win 10 games as a rookie in 2005, and had a strong relationship with him, you got the sense he and Grossman never hit it off.
Wilson cited a desire to return to Dallas to be near his children, but said his decision to leave the Bears with a year remaining on his contract had more to do with a negative performance review by offensive coordinator Ron Turner than anything else. It's unknown if the club would have had Wilson back for 2007 any way.
Wilson told the Sun-Times Turner held him responsible for work with Grossman, but at times the coordinator would not allow him in meetings involving Turner and Grossman.
"I would have been happy to be accountable,’’ Wilson said. "Just give me responsibility."
It was the quarterback who criticized Wilson to The Sporting News last month when talking about new quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton.
"[Hamilton] has come in and worked on things I didn’t do so well last year,’’ Grossman told TSN. "To not have to do that on your own or try to make someone help you with something is just unbelievable."
Responded Wilson: "What goes on with Rex in Chicago now is none of my concern. I know what has been said. I don’t need to be a part of that soap opera. If they want to make me a scapegoat, fine."