The 2013 season has been a year filled with injuries for Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler. First, a groin injury that was supposed to sideline him for four weeks kept him out for only one game. Now, with news that he suffered an ankle sprain early in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, some Bears fans are calling for a quarterback change in Chicago.
While it is understandably frustrating to see Cutler go down again this soon for both the fans and the team, he should not have rushed back into action this soon in the first place. Surprisingly, he looked pretty good before the injury occurred despite only being two weeks removed from his groin injury, throwing for 250 yards with one touchdown and one fluky-looking interception that was tipped at the line of scrimmage.
While Josh McCown has looked pretty good filling in for Cutler so far this year, he is still not the answer for the team at quarterback. Cutler is younger and has a better arm than McCown. He is clearly the better option in Marc Trestman‘s system as a result.
If Cutler is forced to miss time with this new ankle ailment, then that can’t be helped. But if he is healthy enough to play next week, he should be the starter. He is the best quarterback on the roster and he gives the Bears the best chance to win. It would behoove the team to stick with him long-term, despite some members of the fan base saying otherwise.