Bears Fans Should be Skeptical of McCown's Performance

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Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown (12) scrambles as Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) chases during the second half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Josh McCown came in and raised a few eyebrows in relief of Jay Cutler in the Bears’ 45-41 loss to the Washington Redskins last week.  His 204 yard, 1 TD, 0 INT performance, good for a 119.6 passer rating, was enough to make some Bears fans write off Jay Cutler’s future as a Chicago Bear. Comments to sports radio ranged from “Save da $15 million you’ll spend on Cutler and go fix da defense” to  “Cutler sucks anyway.”  The Cutler haters rushed out from the shadows like cockroaches coming out when the lights get turned off.  I’ve got two words for the people who think the Bears should move on from Cutler based on McCown’s 2nd half performance – Caleb Hanie.

You don’t have to look further than our own backyard to find a reason that McCown’s performance, while encouraging, has a chance to quickly be derailed.  Caleb Hanie stepped in for the Bears in relief of an injured Jay Cutler and a miserable Todd Collins in the 2010 NFC Championship game and had himself a nice performance.  Hanie went 13 for 20 for 153 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT’s as he tried to bring the Bears back against the Packers for a chance to go to the Super Bowl.  The performance was enough for the Bears to send Todd Collins back to selling insurance and stick with Hanie as Cutler’s primary backup.  The results?  Miserable. 

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  • Sammy Z

    I think I need to tell you the same thing I keep telling my wife, “Calm down as we don’t have all the facts yet. Wait till we get more information and make a decision then.”

    Cutler’s going to be down for a few games. It’s irresponsible to stir controversy by reporting unsubstantiated claims……but in today’s climate, that’s called journalism.

    • BearGogglesOn

      Which of my claims is unsubstantiated? I’ve been glued to the radio listening to all the Cutler haters come crawling out of the woodwork to say “we don’t need Cutler; look what McCown did.” The whole point of this post was to temper that with a little dose of reality.

      You’re right, we don’t have all the facts yet, but we have a few trends from which we can make some educated guesses.

      • Sammy Z

        Don’t get me wrong, fundamentally I tend to agree with you but I’ve learned from experience that making rash choices rarely leads to a successful outcome.

        …..I’m just saying.

  • ManGod

    Jay Cutler is the QB in Chicago, Emery and Testman have designed the offense that fits Cutler’s abilities and went out and got the pieces to make him successful at a high price. They gambled with Tucker (far from even being close to a good decision from my point of view…ie Jacksonville record speaks volumes to my way of thinking) and left the eggs broken on defense. Letting Urlacher walk this season was a huge mistake…in effect they ripped the heart and soul from this defense. Yes, they will address the defense in the upcoming draft and off season, but it may be to little to late for this season. McCowan will win in this defense, to many weapons at his disposal and the OL is to much improved for him not to. Trestman will tweak this offense and adjust it to cater to the QB and use a very heavy dose of Forte to assist his QB. I simply wish he could light a fire under the DC…all I am seeing is a mouthful of rhetoric and bs from Tucker. To much talent on the defense for it to be as awful as it has been against the run and TE across the middle and on the edge…which is mostly a result of the DC play calling…and not making the necessary adjustments in mid game to address the issue. Tucker did not change the D because he has nothing better to (even on this D’s worst day) to replace it with. Damn shame Lovie was to proud to accept the DC job….Lovie’s magic on D and Trestman’s genius with O…Super Bowl Bears would not have been a dream but a reality.

    • BearGogglesOn

      Over all, I agree with your comments about Tucker. I have to disagree with Urlacher. His leadership is certainly missed, but he couldn’t play any more. You saw teams running circles around him.

      While you say there is too much talent on defense, the problem is all the talent is old. Tillman and Briggs can’t stay healthy. That’s the problem with old players, those nagging little injuries they could bounce back from they suddenly can’t recover. Julius Peppers is either hurt or washed up. No pass rush makes everyone a lot more vulnerable. The safeties, who looked serviceable to above average last season, have been suddenly exposed.

  • Quinn

    I actually like Cutler but he has not been able to win in Green Bay so I’m not feeling like McCown will be able to. I’ll be more than happy to be proven wrong though! =)

    • BearGogglesOn

      McCown played well a couple of seasons ago when he was called into action at Green Bay on Christmas day. Now he has better weapons and a better offensive line. The problem? Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy might put up 1000 yards combined against this defense.