I am glad to say that this week the Milk Carton Cover doesn’t go to anyone who played on Sunday. Everyone who played on Sunday contributed. The defense wasn’t spectacular, but they got the job done. They only allowed 10 offensive points until the fourth quarter blunder. They were less awful than usual.
I considered giving Martellus Bennett the cover because he fumbled at a bad time, but he also had 6 catches. Jay Cutler was the leading candidate until he started playing really well. I almost gave the Cowboy’s running game the dishonor for possibly hurting the Bears more than any single player by “not showing up” and causing Romo to throw an interception against Green Bay. I swear, that game made me almost as mad as the Vikings and Lions games this season. The Cowboys should have won that game easily and the Packers should be almost completely out of the playoffs, giving fans only one division team to worry about. But no, Jason Garrett trusts Tony Romo to throw the ball in the fourth quarter of a tight game in December. I hate Matt Flynn for only being good with the Packers, and not any other team he joins who have no way of negatively impacting the Bears. And don’t even get me started on Eddie Lacy. Sorry. I digress. That’s another post for another time, but for now, let’s talk about the game the Bears actually played yesterday. The person who lands on the cover is Josh McCown.
Dec 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) celebrates with quarterback Josh McCown (12) after defeating the Cleveland Browns 38-31 at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Josh McCown was “missing” because he flat out didn’t play on Sunday, much to the dismay of many Bears fans. After Cutler’s second thrown interception, a bunch of Bears fans wanted Josh McCown to lead the offense. Cutler ended up playing a good second half game, but I’m sure his performance does not put the fan/media made quarterback controversy to rest. I’m sure people still want McCown leading the Bears for the last two games of the season. I would be comfortable if he were to take over, but I prefer Cutler running the offense for these last few games.