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Others Stepping Up for Mistakes on Exchanges

Rex in effect 

The disaster that was Monday night’s quarterback-center exchange fiasco is now getting so much attention that others on the Bears are starting to share in the blame. After fumbling the center exchange snap eight times last season, Monday night was much of the same for Rex Grossman and Olin Kreutz, as they once again had their issues. Grossman said postgame that it was no big deal, and even went so far as to blame the crowd noise at the RCA Dome to sweaty hands. Now his center is coming out and taking partial blame for the issues, as lame as it may sound.

“I have to get the ball up to him better,” Kreutz said. “It obviously wasn’t up there far enough. It’s my job to get the ball back and that’s what I have to do. It’s making sure he has the ball before I get off on my block.” Even offensive coordinator Ron Tuner, who mind you was not on the field when the fumbles happened, took some of the heat off of Grossman with comments Tuesday. “It was [an audible]. They couldn’t hear what it was,” Turner said. “[It was] a longer cadence than we normally have and everything was out of rhythm because they couldn’t hear. I misjudged how loud it was at that point, or else I wouldn’t have called it if it was that loud.”

While preseason is what it is, the first time it happens in a critical situation in the regular season, Grossman had better not roll out with lame excuses like sweaty hands. This has been a problem with him even last year, and he and his teammates had better do whatever it takes to get it corrected. It’s a simple thing to make the exchange, and why at this level Grossman and co. can’t get it done is beyond excuses.


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