“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 ready at a moment’s notice. That’s my goal and that’s my job.”
Rex had this to say after the big win:
“The last couple months have been tough, but when you have a role and your number is called to fulfill that role, I was happy to come in and help us win the game.
“It was tough, I didn’t have any reps in practice. I was [Lions quarterback] Dan Orlovsky all week. I just had to memorize the game plan and go through it, pay attention, all those types of things. It’s not easy to just sit there for an hour or hour and a half not thinking you’re going to play at all and then, boom, be brought into the mix.”
Orton was being reevaluated Monday after exiting the game with :26 remaining in the second quarter when his ankle bent awkwardly while being tackled by defensive end Dewayne White.
“You always want to play, but never under those circumstances, I had the whole half[time] to think to myself about my game plan; how I was going to go out there and get ready. So that was nice. After that first series I started feeling pretty good about just being out there. I got my feet wet and calmed down and everything was fine.”
“As frustrating as it was to not be the guy to start off [the season], you have a different role, and in that role, I came in and did the job.”
Lovie Smith had this to say about Rex:
“When you’re the backup quarterback and you haven’t gotten a lot of reps and you’re asked to step up and make plays like that, it was important for Rex to come in and then do some of the things that he was able to do.”
Olin Kreutz on Rex’s Play:
“We believe in Rex, Rex has been our starter for a long time. Like he showed, he’s ready to play. If a guy runs the no-huddle, he’s studying his plays.
“He’s being a professional as what’s expected of him as a backup quarterback. All along he has taken his demotion well and he’s studied hard, and he showed that [Sunday].”
WR Rashied Davis on Rex’s Play:
“Grossman hasn’t been in there for a while, so we tried to pick him up until he could get comfortable, everyone knows what he is capable of doing.”
DE Alex Brown on Rex:
“It’s not like it’s his first time, he has been there before. If we can just cut out some of the boos when a bad play happens, we’ll be fine, Orton’s our quarterback, but right now I guess Rex is, “We have two good quarterbacks.”
Now backup QB Caleb Hanie talks about the possibility of playing and how Rex played:
“Rex came in and did a good job. He did what he’s supposed to do.”
“It was a wake-up call to both of us that you’re one play away, so you have to prepare. We’ll see what Kyle’s injury entails. It’s looking decent, so hopefully he won’t be out for the year. He has earned the right to be in there. But luckily we have Rex. He’s also an NFL quarterback and he’s a talented guy.”
Down the Road:
If Kyle Orton aka K.O. is out for a month, Rex will have to face Tennessee at home next week, and then Green Bay, St. Louis and Minnesota all on the road.
Next week will be a huge game, but also the two NFC North games will be huge.
My inside source told me that Kyle Orton drove home last night after the game and Rex Grossman has been told by Pep Hamilton (the Bears QB coach) to not be a gunslinger.
Rather be more like Kyle Orton, who was so far the Bears’ best player.
If Orton finished out the season and kept playing well he would have been a sure pick for the Pro Bowl and a fantasy football stud.
The Bears won’t be awful without Orton, but there offense must step it up for Rex and I think with this week of practice as the #1 QB will be huge for him and the team.
Tennessee will be a huge test for Rex and the Bears.
The Packers almost beat them and we are ahead of the Packers, so will see.