CHICAGO - When Kyle Orton threw the ball right to Tampa Bay's Gaines Adams on Sunday at Soldier Field - right to him - you couldn't help but think that Buccaneers' quarterback Brian Griese may have been the right man for the Bears job this year.
Orton, who struggled with the deep ball in a heartbreaking loss to Carolina last week, could not have made it any easier for Adams to catch the ball from inside five yards. In return, Adams made it not so easy for Orton to catch him during a 45-yard dash to the end zone.
Instead of completing a screen up the middle to tight end Desmond Clark on that play - Clark was right behind Adams - the Bucs took an early 14-6 lead, lost it for awhile, and then forced overtime before spoiling the Bears home opener with a 27-24 win.
And they couldn't have done it without Griese, who ignored three interceptions to complete 38 of 67 passes for 407 yards and two touchdowns against his old team.
"I was traded," said Griese, when asked if he expected to return to the Bears this season. "So obviously, they didn't need me."