Nothing will match the quarterback quagmire the Green Bay Packers find themselves in, but face it, if it wasn't for the great Brett Favre showdown the Bears' situation would be as muddled as any in the league.
That point was driven home in the practice Friday night at Soldier Field when the crowd of 24,977 had more than a smattering of boos for Rex Grossman during player introductions. Afterward, coach Lovie Smith more or less asked for patience in a QB derby that figures to run at least another three weeks. The boos intensified when he threw passes away on consecutive plays in the red zone. Never mind no one was open on the plays. Grossman's effort with the first team in the two-minute drill also sputtered short of the 50-yard line.
It wasn't like he went without making any plays. He made a nice play to step up into the pocket and fire a bullet to Mike Hass across the middle for a touchdown. It was Hass who hauled in a 36-yarder from Kyle Orton to set up a 28-yard field goal in the second team's two-minute drive. Orton had a better showing in 7-on-7 as well in one of his best practices of the summer.
"Well you know our quarterbacks have both had their moments,'' Smith said. "Kyle tonight hit quite a few passes. I thought Rex tonight did some good things. We just want to get situations in and each day we'll learn a little bit more about them."
Asked about fan reaction, Smith asked them to believe in the Bears.
"I think we all need to just wait," he said. "We're trying to get ready for the football season. No one is game ready right now. Hopefully they'll be patient with us. In time we'll become better at everything we're doing and they'll be proud of who we have out on the football field."
If only the Bears could welcome back a Favre with open arms.