5 Reasons Josh McCown Is The Chicago Bears’ Best Bet Moving Forward
5 Reasons Why Josh McCown is the Chicago Bears’ Best Bet Moving Forward
The Chicago Bears are 5-3, but their play has been up and down this season. We're used to the Bears getting a strong start, then letting everyone down as the postseason nears. There's no telling where this team will end up. Last week was one of their better weeks, as they went on to defeat the Green Bay Packers 27-20.
Just a week ago, starting quarterback Jay Cutler went down with a torn groin. He was originally expected to miss at least four weeks of NFL action, but recent reports have him cleared to start this Sunday when the Bears square off against their division rivals, the Detroit Lions.
Second string quarterback Josh McCown had been playing at a high level in Cutler's absence, and it was McCown who led the Bears to a surprising victory over the Packers in Week 9. McCown's strong play may have influenced Cutler's decision to return to the field so soon. McCown was looking very good as the starter; a few more weeks, and Cutler may have found himself on the bench.
It seems like Cutler's return couldn't have come at a worse time for the Bears. They will now be forced to give him the start, or they'd have to deal with a bunch of kicking and screaming from the whinny Cutler. Bears fans should be torn on this matter. I know some of those fans want to see if McCown can lead their Bears to victory against another tough team in their division in Week 10.
If I was a Bears fan, I'd be lobbying for McCown to start until either Cutler was 100 percent healthy, or when he showed signs of slowing down. McCown is hot right now, so I'm giving you five reasons why he is the Bears' best bet at quarterback moving forward this season.
5. Brandon Marshall
Brandon Marshall would make it a lot easier for Josh McCown to get settled in as the starter in Chicago. He's a big target with good hands and the ability to find holes in the defense. He'd bail McCown out of some tight spots when there's no one else open on the field.
4. Strong Defense
McCown will always be able to fall back on the Bears' strong play on the defensive side of the ball. They'll be there to back him up when he has bad games. It's something they do very often for Cutler. McCown hasn't needed them to bail him out much in his short stint as the starter. Cutler seems to put this defense in some tight spots. The defense will be off the field more with McCown taking snaps; that means they'll be fresher and more dangerous than they've been all season.
McCown isn't exactly a household name, so most may not know that he's an 11-year veteran in the NFL. He's fresh, due to the fact that he's only played in six games over the span of four years. He never made it big, but this may be the year he showcases everything he's learned over his career. He's also never been a really bad quarterback; that's why he's always had a job is a backup. McCown has never thrown more than two interceptions over his number of touchdowns. That's something even the best of the best can't say. McCown deserves a chance to shine after leading the Bears to a big win behind his strong play.
2. Matt Forte
The Bears' running game is always good when Matt Forte is healthy. He has seven touchdowns on 4.7 yards per carry this season. He'll complement McCown perfectly, just as he does for Cutler. The Bears need to rely on their ground game more as it is. McCown won't be asked to throw as many passes as Cutler, and that means more carries for Forte.
1. Jay Cutler
Cutler has been slowly playing himself out of a starting job for years now. He's constantly among the leaders in turnovers and he can't seem put all his focus on football. He has 12 touchdowns with seven interceptions this season; those numbers that aren't impressing anyone, especially when you're a former pro-bowl quarterback. McCown may not be a long term answer at quarterback, but neither is Cutler at this point. The Bears will be looking for a new quarterback before Cutler ever does anything meaningful in Chicago.