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    Looks like it's gone full circle:

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    LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Another quarterback switch for the floundering Chicago Bears.

    Kyle Orton, who started 15 games as a rookie in 2005, returned to the role ahead of veteran Brian Griese on Monday.

    Orton, who hasn't played since the season finale two years ago, will start next Monday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings in the Metrodome. His last start came on the same field on Jan. 1, 2006 when Minnesota beat Chicago 34-10. The Bears had already clinched a division title.

    Orton was a shaky 6-for-14 for 59 yards with no touchdowns or turnovers before yielding to Jeff Blake in the fourth quarter of that game.

    He's not thrown a regular-season pass since and has been primarily Chicago's third-team quarterback who runs the opponents' plays in practice.

    "I think everybody knows that I've been frustrated and haven't liked my role, but it's what it was and I tried to make the best of it and now my job's just to focus on the future and try to play well and let everything work itself out," Orton said Monday.

    "I think I've changed as a player and as a person. I've matured. I've been in the system now for three years. I feel very comfortable with it. ... I think I'm a better player now than I was when I was a rookie."

    With the Bears out of the playoff picture at 5-8, with Rex Grossman expected to miss the rest of the season with a sprained knee ligament from Thursday's loss to the Redskins, coach Lovie Smith decided to go with Orton.

    "Brian has done a lot of good things, but I just think it's just time to see exactly what Kyle can do," Smith said, adding that the Bears were not using the final three games as an evaluation for 2008.

    And even though Orton will certainly be rusty and Griese has played well at times and not so well at others, Smith said that Orton would give the Bears the best chance to win in one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL against one of the league's most opportune defenses.

    Orton, a fourth-round pick out of Purdue, was 10-5 as a starter in 2005. Grossman, who was also injured most of that season, returned to start a regular-season win at Green Bay and then a loss to Carolina in the playoffs.

    Now Orton has another chance. How long it lasts is not certain. Smith wouldn't say if Orton would start the final two games of the regular season against Green Bay and New Orleans.

    Griese has completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 1,803 yards with 10 TD passes and 12 interceptions this season. Orton said Griese had been a mentor, who probably expected the switch.

    "He was in there watching film with me this morning. He's been integral, and I just hope to build off of everything that he's taught me," Orton said.

    "I think with the situation with our team -- where we're at right now -- I think he had an idea it was coming. It was something we had talked about personally. We haven't really talked a whole lot about the situation, but I think it's something that he in the back of his head knew was coming," Orton said.

    Griese replaced a struggling Grossman as the starter after the third game of the season. But after Griese hurt his left shoulder in a game at Oakland on Nov.11, Grossman relieved and threw a go-ahead TD pass and then won his starting job back for the next four games before he was hurt again against the Redskins.

    Griese replaced Grossman and threw a pair of interceptions while finishing 21-for-45 for 295 yards.

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    DTs Anthony Adams (triceps) and Antonio Garay (fractured lower leg) were put on injured reserve, leaving the Bears very thin on the defensive front. And DT Darwin Walker was walking around the locker room Monday with his left arm in a sling after hurting his elbow. The Bears promoted DT Babatunde Oshinowo from the practice squad.

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    Oh joy. Rex Grossman-lite. I can hardly wait.

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    Orton may not have that big Elway type arm, but he does what the Bears need. He can manage the game and not turn the ball over.

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    He wasn't too bad for his rookie season so why not give him a shot. It's been two years, he could of improved drastically. I hope it works out for them, because I don't want them to waste the next 5 years when they go after the washed up McNabb.

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    Orton may not have that big Elway type arm, but he does what the Bears need. He can manage the game and not turn the ball over.
    Who will win the game for them then? Certainly not their defense. The Vikings are going to shred the Bears on MNF because they have absolutely no interior DLine depth whatsoever. ADP and Taylor are going to rack up at least 250+ rushing yards on them.

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    Who will win the game for them then? Certainly not their defense. The Vikings are going to shred the Bears on MNF because they have absolutely no interior DLine depth whatsoever. ADP and Taylor are going to rack up at least 250+ rushing yards on them.
    The bears still have a very strong defense. Their offense is so bad it hinders their defense drastically because they are out on the field so much. You see it with many teams: The Packers for example last year their defense was horrible, right? Now they are all of a sudden a good-great defense. Why? Because Last year their offense would come out and throw 3 passes no more then 4 minutes of real time and the defense is still huffing a puffing on the side line. That is exactly what the Bears are doing.

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    The bears still have a very strong defense. Their offense is so bad it hinders their defense drastically because they are out on the field so much. You see it with many teams: The Packers for example last year their defense was horrible, right? Now they are all of a sudden a good-great defense. Why? Because Last year their offense would come out and throw 3 passes no more then 4 minutes of real time and the defense is still huffing a puffing on the side line. That is exactly what the Bears are doing.
    Sorry, but no. Living in Chicago I take an interest in rooting for whoever the Bears are playing, and I've seen all their games this year. They have a downright pitiful defense, period. They can't defend the run anymore because the formerly strong middle of their defense is either no longer on the team or injured (Alphonso Boone, Tank Johnson, Ian Scott, Tommie Harris, Brian Urlacher). They can't defend the pass because the one good pass defender at safety has played a total of 2 games in 2 seasons (Mike Brown.) They simply are not a good defense in any sense anymore.

    Also, I don't know where you get that Green Bay had a horrible defense last year. They had an excellent defense last year, and were well known for that. They have continued to play at the same level this year that they have the last 3 years.

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    The bears still have a very strong defense. Their offense is so bad it hinders their defense drastically because they are out on the field so much. You see it with many teams: The Packers for example last year their defense was horrible, right? Now they are all of a sudden a good-great defense. Why? Because Last year their offense would come out and throw 3 passes no more then 4 minutes of real time and the defense is still huffing a puffing on the side line. That is exactly what the Bears are doing.
    The Bears defense was pretty good last year..but injuries and a decline in the players overall skill has obviously taken place. The Bears offense was just as inept last year as they were this year so that argument makes no sense. The Packers defense on the other hand was already a very young defense and the players just got another year under their belt. Having a CB tandem of Al Harris and Charles Woodson also helps.

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    I've said it before earlier this year. Orton will have a better overall career when it's all said and done than Grossman OR Griese. I stand by that comment.
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    I really wish the Bears didn't cut Chris Leak. He could have seen action this year too. Damn.
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    I really wish the Bears didn't cut Chris Leak. He could have seen action this year too. Damn.
    I watched Florida quite a bit while Leak was in college and I can tell you with full confidence he shouldn't be on any teams active roster. Maybe practice squad, but the guy is not very good. In fact, I'd say he's half as good as Grossman is.

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    I hate Chris Leak almost as much as I hate Tim Tebow. ****in ******** taking the Buckeyes NC....

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    The bears still have a very strong defense. Their offense is so bad it hinders their defense drastically because they are out on the field so much. You see it with many teams: The Packers for example last year their defense was horrible, right? Now they are all of a sudden a good-great defense. Why? Because Last year their offense would come out and throw 3 passes no more then 4 minutes of real time and the defense is still huffing a puffing on the side line. That is exactly what the Bears are doing.
    The Bears defense is BAD this season. It was "very strong" for maybe the first two weeks, that is it.

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    I hate Chris Leak almost as much as I hate Tim Tebow. ****in ******** taking the Buckeyes NC....
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