“Basically what I told my agent [Eugene Parker], the ceiling is I want to compete to start 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, 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.”