Coming as a surprise to noone, the signing of former Denver, Miami and Tampa Bay QB, Brian Griese has sparked much talk in Chi town. It took all of two seconds for somebody to throw out the QB controversy word out. Here is a quick run down on a few.
One league insider called the acquisition "the best move [Angelo] has made since he's been there.''
Griese adds legitimate depth to a position that has been an Achilles' heel for the Bears for decades, especially recently. They have changed starting quarterbacks 28 times since the middle of the 1999 season. Griese's career passer rating of 84.8 has been surpassed only once, by Erik Kramer in 1995, since the Jim McMahon era ended, and his 16,000 passing yards are more than anyone in franchise history has.
Griese has been put in competitive situations in the past. He beat out Jay Fiedler for a spell in Miami three years ago and topped Brad Johnson and then Chris Simms the last two seasons in Tampa Bay, where he set a franchise record in 2004 with a 97.5 passer rating.
When he has been forced into a position as a clipboard holder, he hasn't stayed in it long.
The great irony for any team that attempts to better itself at quarterback is how such a move can unwittingly unleash chaos. For a team such as the Bears, for whom a quarterback controversy is always the next throw away, you would have to be naive not to see that signing Brian Griese is the football equivalent of opening Pandora's Box.
Griese chose the Bears over the Cincinnati Bengals or a return to Tampa Bay for several reasons, the foremost being money. But the opportunity to play and eventually start was just as alluring. Quarterbacks play in Chicago -- top picks, free agents, late-rounders, guys off the street like Henry Burris. If you are issued a uniform, eventually Olin Kreutz will snap you the ball.
Even Bears coach Lovie Smith -- who might cover his ears and begin humming loudly at the mere suggestion that perhaps, just maybe, Rex Grossman might be facing some stiff competition for the starting job in training camp -- seems to get it. Whether a poor choice of words or a slip of the tongue, Smith got it right during a conference call Monday when asked about the pecking order on the depth chart.
"We always have a starting rotation,'' Smith said. Other teams have a starter, the Bears have a rotation. Perfect.