If Bears Are Serious About Making Playoffs, They Have to Stick with McCown

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Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown (12) throws a pass during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

I hate to cause a stir, but after a few weeks of observing, I’m ready to pick a lane on the latest – and unforeseen – Chicago Bears quarterback controversy.  The Bears need to stick with Josh McCown if they’re serious about trying to make the playoffs.

That is in no way reflective of the talent level of McCown compared to Cutler.  You don’t need to be a pro scout to see the differences in the physical abilities, which favor Cutler.  Nor should this be an indication as to what I think the Bears should do in the near term (2014 Franchise Tag) or the long term (long term deal for Cutler) at the quarterback position.  That decision might be made around a conference room table and not necessarily on the gridiron.  This is about riding the hot hand when you have virtually zero margin for error. 

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  • John Wire

    What I would do it Start McCown, and when he is hurt sometime in the next few games, Jay can come in and be the hero. If it works we can have Cutler start next season and we have McCown backup just like this year. With injuries healed and new acquisitions in the off season, the Bears can make a serious run at the Super Bowl NEXT year.

  • John Mack

    Arm strength does not equate to synergy, rhythm, timing, pocket presence, field vision, etc. I appreciate what Jay has done in Chicago (taking beatings behind less than stellar offensive lines) but part of the reason he was “Mr. 4th Quarter” earlier in the season was offensive sluggishness and ineptitude (coaching, players in a new system and himself all get blame)! I know McCown isn’t the future, but RIDE THE HOT HAND in December! The Lions will falter! Draft a QB in one of the next two drafts (Central Florida’s Blake Bortles deserves a look – yes I’m a homer on that pick)! Again, I know Jay has the stronger arm which we call can see, but I’ll take football intelligence over a canon in this case. If the defense was at least a top 17-19 defense wouldn’t McCown be 4-1 as opposed to 3-2?

  • Sammy Z

    ride McCown, resign Cutler then trade him and draft a QB.

  • Goodshepherd Americanbullies

    Let Cutler ride & spend a bunch of $$ getting the defense back right. Draft a QB to sit behind McCown for a year. If our Defense can get anywhere near where it was McCown will be sufficient enough for next year. We can sign 2 high quality defenders for same price as Cutler & Mel Tucker is actually a good Defensive Coordinator

  • Dr. Johnny Nacho

    I agree, ride the hot hand. Cutler will most certainly have timing issues and general rust and stiffness not being on the field for the past month.

  • Michael Praser

    This isn’t Rex Grossman vs Kyle Orton. Why is everybody acting like it is?