Rex Grossman met with reporters Monday following practice at Halas Hall for the first time since Kyle Orton was named the starter a week ago.
Here is the Q&A:
WHERE ARE YOU AT AFTER SOME TIME TO SETTLE DOWN?
Nothing has really changed for me. I am just trying to get better and I need to be ready. I need to make sure I stay on top of everything and make sure be ready at a moment's notice.
WAS THE COMPETITION FAIR?
That's not for me really to say. I just have to repeat that last answer.
WOULD YOU LIKE A FRESH START ELSEWHERE OR ARE YOU HERE FOR THIS SEASON?
All I know is I am here to do my job, whatever that is, and I will be ready at a moment's notice. You never know what is going to happen. My plans is to stay ready.
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO STAY READY?
It's my job so I've got to be good at it. That's how I look at it.
WERE YOU SURPRISED BY THE DECISION?
I was a little surprised but I've had some time to digest it and I'll be ready to go.
DO YOU STILL THINK YOU WILL BE A STARTER IN THIS LEAGUE FOR A LONG TIME?
I'd like to be and that's what my goal is and I'm going to do everything in my power to make it happen.
HOW TOUGH IS IT TO BE OUT HERE EVERY DAY BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT USED TO THIS ROLE?
It's not easy. But I'm going to be out here working hard to maintain myself, improving and being ready whenever they need me.
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH IT?
You just have to deal with it. There is no other option.
PEOPLE ASK CAN YOU ACCEPT THIS, BUT IS IT A SITUATION WHERE YOU DON'T WANT TO TO ACCEPT BEING A BACKUP?
Right. You know it's something I have to deal with right now. I'm going to make sure I do whatever I need to do to make sure I develop whatever skill I need to develop to make sure I am a great player in this league. My personal goals haven't changed. My role and the immediate future has changed but my outlook hasn't changed at all.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE NOT PLAYING TO GET BETTER?
Just make sure you study the film, make sure you work out a little bit extra because you're not going to have the same amount of reps, somehow, some way try to find those throws. Just stay mentally sharp and motivated for your next opportunity. That's not going to be a problem.
WHAT IS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE MENTALLY?
Like I said before it's not easy bit that's my job now and I am going to be as good as anyone in the league at it. I'm going to be ready at a moment's notice and I'm going to stay intro every game and every situation because I know that next opportunity could be my opportunity t get out there and show what I can do and have the season that I was hoping to have.
DID IT TAKE A FEW DAYS TO DIGEST THE DECISION?
My mind set hasn't changed. Just my role from everyone else's standpoint has changed and that's taken a little bit of time to get over. I'll never fully get over it and I don't think anyone would expect me to. My motivation is to be a great player in this league and a starter again but for right now I've got to be the best quarterback and ready at a moment's notice. So that's my goal and that's my job.
WHY HAVE YOU BEEN VILLIFIED BY A LARGE PORTION OF FANS?
I haven't worried about that because I don't control that. I feel like I have a done a lot for this team over the last five years and I've had some unfortunate things happen to me and some bad games but for the most part I feel like I have been a pretty good contributor to this organization and winning a lot of games. I don't know how many games I've won but we've won a lot of games when I've played so I am proud of a lot of things I've done and I'm not paying attention to anyone or anything that will try to me otherwise.
IN RETROSPECT, WITH HINDSIGHT BEING 20-20, WOULD YOU HAVE GONE TO FREE AGENCY?
No. I was in this battle. I felt like this was a great option for me to come back and start and it didn't happen but the season is just around the corner. I am not anticipating anything happening but I've got to be ready because that moment could be the biggest moment of my career and I've got to take off and be ready to go.