Commentary

Roberts Grossman out, Griese In

Updated: September 25, 2007, 9:57 PM ET
By Brendan Roberts | ESPN.com

The masses have been appeased. ESPN is reporting Rex Grossman is out as the Bears' starting quarterback and Brian Griese is in.

This shouldn't come as a surprise, especially to those of you who watched the Bears' loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. Or have been followers of the Chicago media. Or watched Grossman play anytime after Week 5 last season. This move was as much for the Bears fans as the team itself, even if it is a bit overdue.

The thing is, Grossman didn't really hinder Chicago's offense as much as his detractors blamed him for. Sure, his many interceptions halted many potential scoring drives last season, but he still managed to finish 12th in the NFL in total yards and seventh in touchdowns despite sitting parts of two games. Bernard Berrian had a breakout season, and Muhsin Muhammad and Desmond Clark re-emerged as fantasy options. That has to be worth something.

Meanwhile, if Griese was going to be the team's savior, he likely wouldn't be getting paid by his fourth team in six seasons and backing up an inconsistent Grossman in the first place. This is a 32-year-old quarterback who hasn't done much when given chances in previous stops (Denver, Miami and Tampa Bay), and he doesn't exactly have a golden arm. He shouldn't be expected to become a fantasy option here, even in this week's favorable matchup (at Detroit). He's no fantasy gold mine.

As for owners of Berrian, Muhammad, Clark and Cedric Benson, there's no reason for either concern or elation here. Griese should be able to get the ball and move the offense like Rex did; he'll just do it fewer yards at a time -- and with fewer interceptions.

Brendan Roberts is a contributing writer/editor for ESPN Fantasy.

Brendan Roberts is a contributing writer/editor for ESPN Fantasy. He has been covering fantasy sports as an editor and writer for more than eight years and was awarded the Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2006 from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Roberts can be read in both the fantasy baseball and football areas at ESPN.com.