The Chicago Bears were eager to have their franchise quarterback Jay Cutler back. And who can blame them? Rushing him back into action to expedite his return may bite the Bears in the long term.
The Bears lost a nail-biter to the suddenly first place Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon. Cutler didn’t look like himself while missing throws and rifling balls into the ground that he normally hits. His mechanics and footwork which are usually near perfect were sloppy. It just didn’t look like Cutler out there as he seemed to be favoring both his ankle and groin for much of the afternoon.
The Bears’ decision to go with a 70-80 percent Cutler over a fully healthy Josh McCown was a direct contributor in their home loss to the Lions. McCown has run the offense extremely effectively in relief of Cutler the past few weeks, and that didn’t change yesterday. McCown came on in place of Cutler late in the game and ran the two-minute drill to perfection. He led the Bears to a score in quick fashion but unfortunately couldn’t convert the two-point conversion to tie thanks to mammoth defensive lineman Nick Fairley shooting into the backfield.
You have to wonder how this game would have turned out if Bears head coach Marc Trestman made the right move and started McCown from the get go. I am fairly certain they would have scored more than 19 points with McCown’s health, arm, and ability to move in and out of the pocket.
Unfortunately, the Bears can’t go back in time and change things. They have to live with the questionable decision at quarterback and now see themselves out of first place in the NFC North.