That pass seemed to bother some people; I argued on the air with WMVP-AM co-host Carmen DeFalco after he accused the Bears of putting Grossman's needs in front of the team's. To which I say: With a 10-point lead and the NFC's No. 1 defense playing at home, why not? At that juncture with the game well in hand, the most critical player in the offense's development does matter more than the 52 other guys' on the roster. If that were not the case, there would not have been such a debate over the quarterback position last week. If the goal on that play was to get Grossman a measure of confidence to take into the next week, Turner should be applauded, not criticized. DeFalco may come to realize that about the time he sees the error of his ways when it comes to picking on Ben Gordon of the Bulls too.
I only saw that captured from the TV in the interview room and it appeared Grossman made a beeline for the locker room, which seemed like an acceptable reaction. He had just endured his worst day, he risked being drawn into a verbal altercation given the Vikings' history of taunting, and it was freezing cold. It might have looked classless, but he also was on the field taking a knee and easily could have said whatever he needed to say before or after either of the final two snaps. He did not address it last week -- there was too much else to worry about.
What happened to Mark Bradley? He had two great games back to back against the New York teams but has been almost a non-factor in the following two. Is it more attributable to Rex Grossman's poor play or is it something he's doing wrong? --Marty Stempniak, Oak Park, Ill.
Don't forget Bernard Berrian's role in Bradley's decline in production. Berrian has nine catches for 125 yards in the past two weeks when he has been Grossman's favorite target. Bradley did what good backups do: He earned the coaches' trust by filling in with a big play. But Berrian has been the Bears' most dangerous all-around receiver this season and, once healthy, it made no sense to keep him off the field. The Bears did discuss using Bradley and Berrian together on 3-receiver sets but favor Rashied Davis in the slot because of his shiftiness and familiarity with the position.
Didn't Mike Holmgren go through similar growing pains with Brett Favre like the Bears are now with Grossman? How does Grossman get his confidence back? --Bill Fitzgibbon, Roanoke, Va.
Grossman has shown Favre tendencies in his approach, but let's be fair about those comparisons. Yes, Favre struggled too but not to this extent. The best way for Grossman to regain his confidence is to ignore all the comparisons, the numbers crunching, the chatter, and just do the things that made him a Heisman Trophy runner-up in college and the best quarterback in the NFC through five games this season.
Is it just me or is Nathan Vasher missing a lot of key tackles this season? --Matt Allen, Bloomington, Ill.
If Vasher made a living based on how well he made tackles, he would need a second job. He has 39 tackles -- 28 fewer than his counterpart at left cornerback, Charles Tillman -- and has been exposed in the open field. He whiffed twice against the Vikings when he failed to break down and looked like he wanted to be anyplace else but in the way. That would make Vasher far from the first cornerback to shy away from contact, but in a Cover 2 scheme the Bears would like to be able to count on an All-Pro cornerback to tackle soundly.
Can you please explain to me why Ron Turner keeps giving Rex the option of going deep on plays when Rex hasn't gotten into any type of rhythm? It seems to me earlier in the season when Rex was performing a lot better he had some type of rhythm prior to throwing the deep ball. Why is it that Turner is still sending receivers on double-move, go routes when instead he should be calling some shorter 15-20 yard slant routes and post routes especially early in the game? --Dennis Bonner, Minneapolis, Minn.
You can't eliminate the double-move routes and the deep threat must remain in the package or else teams will not respect it and have an easier time stopping the run. But, agreed, the Bears could do a better job of getting Grossman in rhythm quicker by finding the tight ends and backs on short, safe passes. When they do go deep or look intermediate, they also could stop trying to rely so heavily on the skinny post route safeties seem to be sitting on and making plays.