Saturday, May 1, 2010
Jim McMahon: I'm In Second, And Larry Rakestraw's Right Behind Me
So you mean to say Jim McMahon was the best quarterback not named Sid Luckman in the entire 90-year history of the Chicago Bears? Well, yes. You doubt? Then choose. The Bears have had one other Hall of Fame QB, George Blanda, but Halas restricted him to kicker and linebacker because he played like the interception half of Brett Favre, with dentures. Bill Wade led the Bears to a championship, but really ... Bill Wade? Bobby Douglass? There are plots of ground around Chicago which still haven't healed from the blunt trauma of having a football thrown into them at 178 mph by Bobby Douglass. Otherwise let us call the roll of rotten QBs: Bob Avellini, Ed Brown, Rudy Bukich, Jack Concannon, Erik Kramer, Kordell Stewart, Johnny Lujack, Gary Huff, Vince Evans, Bernie Masterson, Brian Griese, Kyle Orton, Steve Walsh, Chad Hutchinson, Virgil Carter, Jim Miller, Cade McNown, Shane Matthews, Dave Krieg, Jim Harbaugh, Mike Phipps, Mike Tomczak, and of course, Rex Grossman and the Twin-Turbo Grossman, Jay Cutler. That's a whole lot of lousyness, and if it makes Grossman feel better, he's not the worst of that bunch by far. The Bears can get away with this because their lines have had more well-directed lard than a Double Whopper Double Value Meal, but that does not atone for the sin of sticking Larry Rakestraw under center. It is, however, the reason why Jim McMahon could be Jim McMahon, a weak-armed, pig-headed QB, a Ben Roethlisberger in disco pants, and still be the leader of a Super Bowl champion. Viewed from that angle, Ed Brown looks better all the time.