Rex Grossman spent a week in silence not talking to the media since Kyle Orton was named the starting quarterback. On Monday, he broke his silence and kept an optimistic outlook despite being understandably disappointed.

“My mindset hasn’t changed, just my role from everyone else’s standpoint has changed, and that’s taken a little bit of time to get over,” Grossman said.

Grossman understands the possibility — and for the Bears, a better word might be probability — that he could see some action this year. Only one quarterback has started all 16 games for the Bears the past decade, and that was Grossman in 2006.

“My motivation is to be a great player in this league and a starter again, but for right now I’ve got to be the best quarterback ready at a moment’s notice. That’s my goal and that’s my job.”

In hindsight, was he disappointed that he came back to Chicago on a one-year deal?

“I felt like this was a great option for me to come back and start,” he said. “It didn’t happen, but the season’s just around the corner. I’m not anticipating anything happening, but I’ve got to be ready because that moment could be the biggest moment of my career and I’ve got to take off and be ready to go.”

And how does he feel about the negative reaction from Bears fans at Soldier Field?

“I feel like I’ve done a lot for this team over the last five years. I’ve had some unfortunate things happen to me and some bad games. But for the most part, I feel like I’ve been a pretty good contributor to this organization in winning a lot of games. I don’t know how many games I’ve won, but we’ve won a lot of games when I’ve played. I’m proud of a lot of things I’ve done and I’m not paying attention to anyone or anything that will try to tell me otherwise.”