I am surprised by the reaction that many Chicago Bear fans are having to Ron Rivera’s comment about Rex Grossman being a “mental midget”. I am a Chicago Bears fan, but I happen to be fully in agreement with Rivera’s assessment of Grossman. I’ve seen alot of people attempt to discredit the comment by saying that Rivera is basically just a linebacker coach now, so obviously he’s not exactly progressing in his own coaching career. But…. I think if you watched the game against the Chargers, you’ll notice that the team pretty much followed Rivera’s advice — pressure Grossman — and got exactly the results that he predicted they would get. Can’t argue with reality.
Take into account Rex’s career to this point. He’s obviously had a great deal of trouble with consistency and undoubtedly is a far less effective QB when forced to make quick decisions. Rex is capable of being an NFL QB obviously, but when under pressure he’s no Brett Favre, Dan Marino, John Elway, Peyton Manning, or even Brian Griese. He’s not very good at improvising, and I’d say that mental aptitude would play heavily into that particular aspect of a quarterback.
My prediction is that by the end of the year, if not sooner, there will be many more Bear fans that agree with Rivera on this comment. Sometimes the truth is hard to swallow, but in the end the truth usually comes out.