I have to preface this by giving Rex Grossman one thing: he took the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl. No matter how much we rip him, this can not be taken away. He killed the first 6 poor teams he faced that season, with the help of a great defense and special teams unit. Those units even bailed him out of one game that looked to be a sure loss. Grossman even made a few plays that had to be made in the NFC Championship game to win it. Then in Super Bowl 41, while he didn’t single-handedly lose the game, he certainly helped.
That all being said, after Sunday’s performance I can now predict the rest of Rex Grossman’s career. Despite one of his teammates saying last week that “Rex will go on to a great career in the NFL,” it’s not happening. After he was unable to grasp that Sunday’s performance may have helped land him a nice deal with his new team, that’s now not going to happen. Now, I predict Grossman will have a career like Rick Mirer’s with one exception. The Bears won’t have some schmuck of a team give up a high first-round pick for Grossman like the idiot Bears did for Mirer in 1997.
I don’t have to remind anyone about Rick Mirer’s career. Expectations for Mirer were much higher than for Grossman, being that the Seattle Seahawks picked him second overall in 1993 (Grossman was the 22nd overall pick). After Mirer floundered for 3 of 4 years in Seattle, the Seahawks bamboozled Dave Wannstedt and the Bears out of the 11th overall pick in the draft for Mirer and a fourth-rounder. We all know that Mirer failed miserably in one season in Chicago. Mirer then went on to spend a year with the Packers, one with the Jets, and two each in the Bay Area with the 49ers and Raiders.
Mirer was very fortunate as a bad NFL quarterback to stretch out his career to 12 seasons.
Now that Sunday’s performance proved that Grossman can’t respond to the call with his career on the line, I think some team will sign him in the offseason to be a backup. And he’ll probably bounce around over the years, staying as a trusted backup in various places because teams will remember what he flashed in 2006. But those same teams will pray that Grossman doesn’t have to see the field, just like the teams that paid Mirer to be a backup for so many seasons did.