Kurt Warner Was Nearly A Bear. Twice.
The Jesus to Favre's Lucifer.Something you may have forgotten during last week's Arizona-Green Bay Wild Card holy war: Kurt Warner was nearly ours. The Bears came close to signing Warner in 2005, but he chose Arizona because the Bears wouldn't give him the chance to compete with Rex Grossman for the starting job.
From the Trib:
"I don't want to take a shot at Jerry (Angelo); I like Jerry a lot. It was just a thing that they had invested a lot in Grossman and their hope was for him to be really successful," said Mark Bartelstein, Warner's Chicago-based agent. "I think they looked at Kurt as being a great security blanket. But that just wasn't the role Kurt was comfortable with."Can you imagine how different recent Bears history would be with Warner? Substitute Warner for Grossman, and I feel safe saying the Bears probably win Super Bowl 42. Even last years team - the one that went 9-7 and missed the playoffs with Kyle Orton at the helm - could have been in for a long playoff run.
We need a poll: who screw up everything more, the Bears or the Bulls? I really think this is a coin flip.
Even dumber: the story of how the Bears lost out on Warner back when he was still baggin' groceries in Iowa. This one is damn near Cubs-like.
As legend has it, the quarterback-cursed franchise also lost out in 1997 when Warner had to cancel a tryout with the Bears because of swelling in his right arm caused by a spider bite suffered on his honeymoon.Worst luck ever?
Also, Will Leitch's column on Warner yesterday at Deadspin is great. Read it.