It is obvious why the Chicago Bears have cleared quarterback Jay Cutler to play on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. First place in the NFC North is on the line, which means anything goes. However, are the Bears making a huge mistake allowing Cutler to play instead of staying with backup quarterback Josh McCown?
McCown did an incredible job in place of the injured Cutler, who suffered a groin tear against the Washington Redskins approximately three weeks ago. The 11-year veteran has completed 59.0 percent of his 61 pass attempts for 476 passing yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 100.2 passer rating. The zero interceptions is the part that the people of Chicago must focus on because that is a huge reason why the Bears were victorious against the Green Bay Packers, plus the fact that Aaron Rodgers was knocked out of the game on the first series.
It is not as if Cutler has played bad this season. In fact, he is playing like someone who is trying for a hefty contract extension. The issue here is whether Cutler is 100 percent ready to return. If he isn’t than Chicago has no reason to bring him back since McCown is more than capable of leading the team to victory. It’s not every season the Bears get a win at legendary Lambeau Field.
“We just went out there and did some drills, threw the ball and stepped up into the pocket,” Cutler said, according to ESPN.com. “Made sure I was comfortable moving around. If I wasn’t back to 100 percent or if they had any doubts, I wouldn’t have been practicing today. That was the stipulation. They were going to let Josh [McCown] have another crack at it, and I was going to sit this out.”
The fact that Cutler showed the coaches he is ready to suit up gives the team all the confidence in the world to move forward with him. However, if something happens where he steps to far one way and aggravates his groin, one has to wonder the thought process of the decision makers within the organization. All I have to say is Cutler better watch out for Ndamukong Suh and his questionable tactics.