With Chicago Bears starting Quarterback Jay Cutler not cleared to practice Thursday, the chances of him playing in Monday’s NFC showdown against the San Francisco 49ers are looking slim. This is where veteran back-up Jason Campbell comes in handy.
General Manager Phil Emery took note of former general manager Jerry Angelo mistake of not putting a better emphasis on the back quarterback position. Instead of filling the position with a young player like Angelo did with Caleb Hanie last year, Emery understanding the team he has went out and occupied the position with a veteran QB that could start for some teams around the league in Campbell.
Is there a drop off from Cutler to Campbell? Like most teams around the league, when you lose your starting QB it’s going to be a bit of a drop off. For instance, Cutler can make all the throws the elite QB’s around the league can make. While Campbell doesn’t have that ability, he’s accurate with the football and unlike Cutler won’t force the issue.
Campbell is not going to win games with his arm, and fortunately with this team that has great defense and special teams, they honestly don’t need Campbell to win it for them. The defense is going to keep them in games and sometimes single handily win it for them. Special teams are capable of making a big play also.
All the coaches need form Campbell against the 49ers is to take care of the football, and not do too much. If the shots are there downfield then you take them, but the Bears just need Campbell to simply manage the game. If Campbell can lean on a good running game and take what the defense is giving him, the Bears have a good shot at defeating the 49ers Monday.