Jay Cutler Named the Starter vs Detroit Lions

Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) lays on the field with an apparent injury against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears have named Jay Cutler their starting quarterback for Sunday’s crucial game against the Detroit Lions.  Coming off a short week following Monday night’s game, the Bears’ practice schedule is a little off this week, so when they returned to action on Thursday, Cutler was a go in practice.  Following practice, head coach Marc Trestman broke the news:

 

Unofficial team doctor Brandon Marshall predicted an early return for the starting quarterback, but most observers scoffed at the idea of a quick turnaround.

The news is a little surprising on a couple of fronts.  First, Cutler’s injury was deemed a 4 week injury, to be evaluated on a week to week basis thereafter.  Coming back just two weeks later is surprising, especially if you watched Cutler struggle to get off the field and into the locker room in Washington.

The other reason it’s surprising is that Josh McCown has performed very well in Jay Cutler’s absence.  He almost led the Bears to a shootout win in DC before the bye and played an efficient and smart game against a stunned and hobbled Packers team to lead the Bears to a 27-20 victory.

Cutler will be thrown into the deep end of the pool on Sunday facing a very tough and physical Detroit Lions defense.  Cutler has had a few run ins with Ndamukong Suh, so he’d better be sure his groin is well protected, as I’m sure Suh will make every effort to test the durability of Cutler’s groin.

I personally would like to see Cutler sit for another week and be sure he’s fully healed before getting thrown into the fire.  With a three-way tie atop the division, the game on Sunday against the Lions is certainly important, but the Bears can’t be shortsighted.  They should be in the race until the end.

What do you think?  Should Cutler play on Sunday?  Do you think McCown has earned another start?

BEAR DOWN!!!

Topics: Chicago Bears, Jay Cutler, Week 10

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  • Fattypros

    Based on McCown’s interception free performances these past weeks, I agree Boomer.

    I guess we will have to wait and see if Jay’s mobility is hampered and then we can play ‘coulda woulda shoulda’.

    BTW, you guys are my fav Bears site, long time reader, first time poster. Keep it up!

  • Chris DA Bears Russell

    I think mccown has MORE than earned AT LEAST one more week! His focus on the game and drive for the W has been nothing less than impressive. Cutler seriously needs to sit out and give it time. Rushing is only going to hurt us. Good things come in due time