Myth ONE: REX was handed the keys without a fair compitition..."HE DIDN'T EARN IT" -
That is the case for EVERY 1st round QB...He sat in his rookie year- That goes to the "given a job" theory- No he wasn't given the job he was learning the system- I remember when Cade McNown was given a series in each game as a rookie- with the thinking that he would pick it sooner if given playing time- Rex's plan was to sit (because the Cade theory didn't work) when the Bears were out of it, with Stewart, they started Rex. JUST LIKE ANY OTHER ROOKIE! He showed enough to have promise and faith in a first round pick- Stewart showed nothing, and was released. Are they supposed to bring in another "starter" when you have your future, your 1st round pick, just starting his career? Also his salary wasn't that big of a deal as the 22nd pick in 2003 he didn't make an astronomical base pay. Compared to the pay they are throwing around now. So no he wasn't/isn't "stealing" money. He was paid what was acceptable for a 1st round QB at the time.
Myth Two: The Coaching Staff "stuck with him after too many fatal mistakes"
First Year- played 3 games (2-1)- Second year 3 games(1-2) Third Year- 2 games and a playoff game. (1-2) Keep in mind that he was injured in 2 of those years- call it all three if you count the broken finger in the last game of his rookie year. He was STILL the best player on the roster going into 2006 and proved it in the WIN over Attanta in 05. And then PROVED the coaches COMPLETELY right at the start of 2006...At the time people (fans) were realing from all the past qb problems- we know the list- the inablitity of Kyle Orton- AS a rookie- to move the ball in 2005, and the excitement Rex and his arm brought to the team after seeing all the bad for so long... Also- Fans/Coaches were questioning just WHAT we had in Rex, with his injuries- We all wanted to know- We HAD TO FIND OUT!! So in 2006 were we going to start Kyle Orton, the guy who was benched? or Start the 1st round Pick who was healthy, and ready, and excited the franchise in his brief stint in 2005? So 2006 happened, the first month and a half was FAR ABOVE any expactations of ANYONE... And yet it was still his "rookie" year as a starter- we all expected some bumps in the road- (just like with any yound QB)- HE EARNED the job, with what he did at the end of 2005, and the start of 2006. PLUS he WON GAMES!! remember we ONLY LOST 3 GAMES in 2006!!!
Myth Three: Rex can't handle the mental aspects of the game
He wasn't having any trouble knowing the game- or finding recievers when they were in the playoffs? That isn't pressure enough? Did he "melt" then? When the fan base boos the crap out of him, and yet he resigns to play here? Does that sound like someone that is mentally weak?
When you take all the bad and pile it up in the room- The MONDAY NIGHT GAME (and I say that because it was a NATIONAL game- (Arizona) The Greenbay Meaningless game at the end of 06 that he wasn't going to play all of. The Superbowl (even though I don't think it was Rex that lost that game- it was the 200+ rushing yards and Peyton Manning that Won) Another NATIONAL GAME and then The Cowboys Game in 2007 (again the dropped passes, and stopping on routes)- back to the pile of bad in the room- THAT makes people crazy! (understandably) BUT they DWELL on it WAY TOO MUCH!!
They fail to remember the GOOD stuff that Rex did- Again the MVP Month, the "rebound" games...the Record... The Playoffs...the Bronco's game in 07... The 30+ touchdown passes... The GOOD plays. The 20+ yard plays, the 30+ yard plays, The 50+ yard plays... ALL of which had NOT been seen since Eric Kramer...the fact of a starting qb for a full season for all games. Did I say Playoff WINS? Who was the last BEARS QB to win a playoff game?
I've covered this as well- The 3 OC's in 3 years- Shoop, Shea, Turner...2 head coaches... 2 major injuries, Boo's, playoff success, and superbowl loss, More boos, another minor injury, a qb "competition" that he had no chance to win. (Lovie felt the pressure from the fans and knew that he wan't going to have Rex be the starter no matter how he played in preseason. He (lovie) knew that this was an average team, and needed a "game" manager. Thus K.O.- Now Kyle has played well beyond expactations, but going in KYLE did NOT earn the job either. Rex is done in Chicago for the sole purpose that the fans boo too much and the coach was going to go the "safe" route and play to the fears of the fans- knowing that his aproval rating would be down even more then it is if he went with Rex. Anyone in these boards that thinks they could do what Rex has done and put up with what he's put up with is absolutely crazy!