August 18, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown (12) looks to pass during the second half against the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field. The Bears beat the Redskins 33-31. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE
I feel like I could just change the date and re-write the post. It’s almost a year to the date since the Bears brought Josh McCown back following a Jay Cutler injury. This time, the hope is that McCown is just an extra little insurance policy in case Cutler can’t go and anything happens to backup quarterback Jason Campbell.
The Bears invested in a veteran backup in Campbell this offseason after the Caleb Hanie Debacle of 2011 which may very well have cost GM Jerry Angelo his job. Phil Emery will not be caught with his pants down. In addition to Campbell, bringing in a vet like McCown makes sense, especially since the Bears didn’t have a third QB on their active roster. They kept undrafted rookie and training camp surprise Matt Blanchard on the practice squad, but he’s not ready for prime time.
The McCown signing probably also speaks a bit to what we might expect with Jay Cutler’s playing status this week. If the Bears were confident Cutler would be cleared to play, it’s not likely they’d go after McCown. Considering Jay has a history of concussions, it’s expected he’ll miss next Monday night’s contest in San Francisco against the Niners.