If you have been a Chicago Bears fan long enough, you know that the backup quarterback position — let alone the starting quarterback position — has never truly been a strong point of the team. Most recently, Chicago had to deal with the likes of Caleb Hanie behind starter Jay Cutler, and let’s just say that fans are happy he is gone now.
Last year, the Bears looked like they had solidified their backup job by signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown. The 34-year old has been around the league and is a serviceable guy for the most part. In comparison to Hanie, he may as well be Tom Brady.
During the 2013 training camp, McCown has looked like he’s polished some of his skill set even further. His mechanics have looked strong, and his coordination is looking very good.
In one particular drill, the quarterbacks are given a simulated snap every other second in which they must catch the ball and throw it directly back to the coach — about a two to three yard distance. McCown has looked very sharp in this drill in particular, and his hands definitely look more solid than in years past.
One play during the team’s scrimmage stood out to me on Friday. During their goal line set, McCown took the snap and immediately saw that there were no options open. He bolted out to his left, tucked the ball and ran it in for a score. It took me a while to realize that this was in fact McCown under center.
He’s never been an extremely mobile quarterback, but McCown displayed some quickness in a time of need that I hadn’t seen out of him recently.
Beyond those aspects of his game, he’s looked good in passing drills, connecting with his wideouts on a regular basis. The Bears should feel much better about the backup job going into the 2013 campaign compared to the past several years. McCown can still provide some good things at the position, and the Bears are thankful for that fact.