In today’s Chicago Tribune, David Haugh writes of the starting quarterback battle between Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton. Haugh observes that Grossman is spending a lot of time with undrafted hopefuls Caleb Hanie and Nick Hill, basically fighting himself like he’s an undrafted free agent trying to make the team.
Then it occurred to me for the first time. Grossman is coming ever closer to sharing more than just a uniform number with Cade McNown. What shocked me at this thought is that I never thought I would compare Grossman to McNown. But at this point, I can’t help doing so.
No, Grossman will never approach the level of petulance McNown possessed, and Grossman has by all accounts been an upstanding young man on and off the field in his Bears tenure. And I have to remind myself that I defended Grossman’s 2006 performance as the third-best quarterback season in the modern Bears era. So I’m not as hard on him as some.
But the fact of the matter is, Grossman has one more chance to prove he’s worthy of being a first-round NFL draft pick. The choice is his to do something so he is not remembered in the same sentence with McNown.
One thing is for certain, the training camp battle between he and Orton will be interesting, to say the least.