As the Chicago Bears try to avoid seeing their playoff hopes disappear completely, they will have to begin with taking care of business against the Dallas Cowboys at home Monday night. One of the biggest stories for the Bears all week has been the mystery behind who will start at quarterback for Chicago.
Jay Cutler’s status was in doubt leading up to this weekend, and head coach Marc Trestman made it clear Friday that Cutler will sit this one out and Josh McCown will get another start. While many fans continue to wonder whether or not this is right for Cutler and his future with the Bears, or what specifically this season full of injuries means to his future, this will be for the best.
First of all, the Bears will more than likely re-sign Cutler to a two or three year deal according to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times. His future with the Bears has already been somewhat solidified. Now, will this stop Chicago from drafting a quarterback either in 2014 or 2015? Absolutely not; that looks to be in the cards as well.
As for this season, Cutler could miss the rest of the season for all I know, and the Bears’ offense wouldn’t miss a beat under Trestman. McCown has been holding down the fort just fine and the offense has been more than formidable. The problem lies on the other side of the ball.
Cutler playing has nothing to do with how the defense performs, and, quite honestly I don’t see it improving very much. The Bears have tackled poorly all year long and couldn’t stop the run if their salaries were quadrupled. This group looks unmotivated, badly-coached and fundamentally incapable — and that’s saying something.
Bottom line: The Bears aren’t losing much with Cutler sitting out another game. McCown will lead their offense just fine against a Dallas defense ranked near the bottom of the league. They better hope that the defense comes to play, however.