Are the Bears ready for Rex Grossman twice a year?
The former quarterback named the Detroit Lions as one of the more interesting teams he has an eye on as he heads to free agency. Grossman called Calvin Johnson one of the best, if not the best wide receiver in the league, said he'd like playing home games in a dome and lauded new Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.
"They're not as bad as their record,'' Grossman said earlier today on Sirius NFL Radio, appearing on the Blitz with Adam Schein and John Riggins. ``They are a good team. I would love to be there.''
Now, in the interest of full disclosure from this interview, Grossman said he'd love to be just about anywhere, including as the backup to Tony Romo in Dallas, with the New York Jets, or just about anywhere else. In fact, he didn't rule out a return to the Bears, but we know that's not happening.
Grossman has been working out in Tampa, Fla., with ex-NFL quarterback Steve DeBerg, who he worked with before the draft.
``Basically what I told my agent [Eugene Parker], the ceiling is I want to compete to start,'' Grossman said. ``And that is really what I want. But the floor is I want to have a good job. If that's being a backup, that's being a backup. I really want to compete to start. There are a few situations out there where I feel like they don't have a solidified starter and I'd love to get on one of those teams and I'm not sure if that's the case, but whatever happens I am going to be more motivated than I've ever been in my life to get back to the Super Bowl and be a starter and finish what I started in Chicago.''
Grossman said things began to turn on him in 2005 when he missed the majority of the season with a broken ankle. He said that is when the ``culture'' of fans following the Good Rex/Bad Rex phenomenon began.
"For whatever reason I was kind of a lightning rod for the media and the fans,'' he said. ``It was kind of a topic of conversation for several years, Good Rex/Bad Rex and all this. It just seems like I was the focal point. The negative fans and the negative people tend to be louder than the people supporting you so I just kind of tried to ignore it as much as possible. But it kind of had a culture starting in '05.
"It was something I had to deal with. Some of my home games felt like away games. Every incompletion was booed. We had a practice that they booed me when they introduced me [at Soldier Field] to start the year which is not how you want to start the year but you know, it was something I had to deal with. They cheered good plays. Every little detail was magnified as far as my performance.''
*** "It's pretty humbling to sit back as a backup on a team you took to the Super Bowl two years before and sit there all 16 games and watch. Well, I played one of them. That has driven me to motivation I never thought I would get to."
*** "I had a lot of great times. Won a lot more than we lost there with me playing. It's a situation where I love the players, love the coaches.''
*** "I've got a goal in mind. I want to prove to everybody in Chicago, I want to prove to everybody in the media, in the NFL and to myself that I am one of the best quarterbacks in this league. I'm starting a long journey to get back there. I'm near the bottom and I am trying to make that journey back to the top. Knowing I have a long ways to go motivates me to do everything I can to back there. I've got a lot of confidence in my ability.''