Josh McCown: Journeyman to Hero

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Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown has played for six different teams since being selected in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. His career has had its ups and downs and historically he’s had more failure than success. Yesterday he got the start in replace of an injured Jay Cutler against a hot Green Bay Packers team and came through for the Bears in a 27-20 victory.

His career hasn’t been one that has been in the limelight much, and he’s mostly served as a backup. Last night his veteran leadership and ability to take the game into his hands showed that he has a little left in his tank.

This was the first time the Bears have beaten the Pack since 2007 and McCown looked like a polished vet. He played smart football and didn’t turn the ball over. He made plays with his arm… And his legs.

He played like a pure gunslinger and did what you would want any backup quarterback to do: Come in and win. Although the Packers lost quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a shoulder injury early in the first quarter, the Bears did appear to be the better team from the get-go.

Head coach Marc Trestman came into the game with full confidence in McCown and he exceeded expectations. The Bears weren’t picked to win this game, and may have not without the phenomenal play of the 34-year-old. McCown didn’t put up flashy numbers, but he made smart decisions and pulled the underdog Bears to a win.

The journeyman vet showed tenacity and was a complete gamer, avoiding sacks on multiple occasions and dropped dimes to receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

If Cutler doesn’t make a return soon, the Bears can feel great knowing they have a decent insurance policy for the time being.

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