Bears | Griese replaces Grossman, team insists it was planned
Sun, 24 Dec 2006 22:06:15 -0800

The Associated Press reports Chicago Bears QB Brian Griese replaced QB Rex Grossman in the fourth quarter of the Week 16 game. Griese led the team to two field goals, helping the Bears defeat the Detroit Lions 26-21. Grossman said, "I thought I was going to play the whole game, but I guess they had plans that they were going to get me out mid-third quarter." Head coach Lovie Smith said before the game he would play to win by using his starters as long as necessary in hopes of staying sharp for the postseason. After the game, he insisted the change at quarterback was planned. "We wanted to get a win in the worst way and we wanted to look at a few other players," Smith said. Grossman was 20-of-36 for 197 yards with one touchdown while Griese finished 6-of-9 for 51 yards.