While the Bears still sort their way through the quarterback competition, some ex-Bears quarterbacks are doing fine elsewhere.
J.T. O'Sullivan, who did a stint in 2005 on the practice squad, and then was under control of the Bears after the 2006 season is in the lead for the starting job in San Francisco. O'Sullivan never merited much of a look with the Bears but Mike Martz thinks he's the perfect quarterback in his system. O'Sullivan has bounced all over the place, spending time in New Orleans, Green Bay, Detroit, Minnesota, Carolina, New England and in NFL Europe. There may be some other stops sprinkled in there as well.
O'Sullivan had hoped to stick with the Bears after being allocated to Europe by them last year. He was the co-MVP of Europe and was promptly cut by the Bears upon returning on July 6. The club had an agreement with his agent Steve Baker last summer that if O'Sullivan wasn't going to receive a legitimate look that the team would cut him loose.
That's the same Baker who a few years back tried to steer his client Jeff Garcia to the Bears with no success. Count Baker as one of the guys out there who sees a team in need of a passer.
Meanwhile, down in Tampa Bay Brian Griese got off to a fine start too. In the Bucs' 17-6 victory over Miami last week, Griese completed 10-of-14 passes and threw a touchdown. Trade bait Chris Simms was 8-for-10 for 60 yards. The problem with dealing for Simms is his price tag is $2 million for this season and then he will be a free agent after the year. You'd almost have to get an agreement on an extension before making a deal.
It seems there is always an obstacle when it comes to acquiring a quarterback.
*** There were a handful of starters who took the morning practice off, including strong safety Brandon McGowan, who is out with a sprained ankle. No. 3 quarterback Caleb Hanie led a snappy drive in the two-minute drill.