One of the main villians of The Dark Knight appeared at the opening of Chicago Bears training camp to get things started, only he was black and his name is Lovie Smith. Fans have been wondering all week if Rex Grossman or Kyle Orton would be the quarterback to take snaps with the first team offense. Right up until the day before the opening of training camp, Lovie refused to reveal the top candidate and told reporters they would have to wait until Wednesday afternoon.
The result? A coin flip. Coach Lovie Smith based his decision on a coin flip and told Rex Grossman that he won and would take snaps with the first team offense. Is this for real? Two-face flipped his coin and decided the fate of the Bears offense should go to chance rather than make a decision. I would like to know if it was one of those double-sided coins and this is all a big joke. I’m sure Kyle Orton would like to know if he represented the good side of the coin or the bad.
It gives me that unsettled feeling that training camp is going to be a game of cat and mouse to declare the starting quarterback. Perhaps the coin flip at the beginning of each preseason game will serve a double purpose. We receive and Grossman starts, we kick off and Orton starts. I’m sure that would put opposing teams in a bind to prepare for two possible starting quarterbacks. Unfortunately, it also serves to put the Bears players at a disadvantage of wondering who is going to lead their offense.
Lovie hasn’t given any indication of how long the coin flip will stand or when Orton will have an opportunity to take snaps with the first team offense. We’ll have to see if Grossman takes the bulk of the snaps again today.