02 February 2007

In my defense...

What I actually said was that Rex Grossman reminds me of a YOUNG Brett Favre because of "his ability to throw a deep ball," and "his willingness to take risks on the field." I think if you have watched either of the two for any extended period of time, you can see some clear similarities, particularly in those two areas.

But, in case you haven't, I can also back up my assertions with some stats that may make you think twice about Grossman:

Through the first 24 games of his career (basically one full season plus a few games in three previous), Rex Grossman has thrown for 27 TDs and 26 INTs. Pretty pedestrian, right? But not too bad considering that through the first 33 games (Parts of two games with Atlanta and then two full seasons with Green Bay) of Favre's career, he threw 37 TDs and 37 INTs (in other words, only slightly more TDs and INTs than Grossman is on pace for. I'm not implying Grossman will be a future MVP... just saying the similarities exist.

As far as Dallas Clark goes, how can you not consider any player who has two 100-yard receiving games in the playoffs a factor (especially when the only person to have three in one playoff is Jerry Rice, the best receiver in the history of the NFL)? Everybody talks about the Bears' Tampa Two defense, and Urlacher potentially being matched-up against Clark on passing plays, but Chicago actually runs a defense with eight men in the box a considerable amount of time in order to stop the run (see the New Orleans game for example). This means that there will be situations where Urlacher will be forced in towards the line to stop the run, particularly if Addai and Rhodes get off to good starts, and Dallas Clark will have the ability to break open deep for those 45+ yard gains that we have seen him pick up time and time again. I can see this as a real possibility in this game.

As for the spelling of Favre's name, I have no excuse... At least, unlike Ben Stiller's character in There's Something About Mary, I can actually pronounce it.