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Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman talked about returning to play in Chicago for the first time since leaving the Chicago Bears.
On coming back to Chicago to play the Bears
"I think it's crazy that I'm coming in as an opponent. It will be an exciting game."
On the most memorable moments, both positive and negative, of his career in Chicago
"Definitely the 2006 season. All the great, great games. The kind of team chemistry we built during that season and the momentum we had to start off the season on offense. Some of the great moments: overtime of the Seahawks game, obviously the NFC Championship game in the snow celebrating. All of those types of memories will stick with me for the rest of my life. All the negative, bad comments are just a blur."
On if the workers at his father's clinic in Bloomington, Indiana now wear Redskins jerseys on Fridays
"There's no doubt that they are all Redskins. Whatever team I'm on, they're one hundred percent behind me."
On which Redskins quarterback handles the scout team
"I get a percentage of the offensive snaps and I will take as much scout team as I need to get me ready for the week."
On what distinguishes Donovan McNabb as a quarterback
"He's an unbelievable football player. If the play isn't designed to do something, he is good at when things break down finding a completion or escaping the pocket to be able to make something good happen out of a mismatch versus the coverage. If we don't draw it up right, he will find a way to make it a positive play. His arm strength and leadership are the other two attributes that impress me."
On the Bears defense, that has many of the same players while he was in Chicago, this season
"I think they're playing really well. They've obviously added just a little bit of a wrinkle since I've been there. They play a lot of man coverage and cover-3 and cover-2, predominantly, but they've added a little bit more of what we call a cover-6 or quarter-quarter-half with it. So, there's a little bit of difference with it, but I think [Brian] Urlacher's healthy and playing really well. Obviously, Julius Peppers is a dynamic player. Lance Briggs is still one of the best players in the NFL as far as I'm concerned."
On what type of reaction he expects in Chicago
"I don't know. It's hard to anticipate, but I would assume it's a boo. I don't think it should be, but you know how it is there; you never know what is going to happen. I've seen former players come in there and they've usually gotten booed. Either way, I don't care, I still love Chicago. I love the city, the tradition, the team and everything about it. I'm very proud to be a part of it."
On if Chicago creates more of a fishbowl effect than other cities
"It is different. The passion, the tradition and the whole deal is exciting to be a part of, especially when you get a good team and you're on Super Bowl run like we were, everything gets magnified. Everybody's involved, watching and paying attention, especially when you have a good team. Everything is moving along and you have a lot of expectations. It is one of the biggest football towns in the NFL. Going to Houston after Chicago was night and day. They're obviously a young franchise, but to go from Houston to Chicago, it almost didn't feel like the NFL. Washington is a lot more like Chicago. This is a very similar setup."