In a rather crazy and unorthodox season for the Chicago Bears, roles have been reversed. Having to depend on the defense to win games in past years, the Bears witnessed a drastic change in that theory in 2013. All of the sudden, under new head coach Marc Trestman, the Bears’ offense has exploded and sits top-5 overall at the moment.
One of the biggest reasons for the offense to have done so well has been the emergence of wideout Alshon Jeffery alongside of Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall, making it easy for Jay Cutler to just toss it up for either one to go up and grab on several occasions.
Jeffery and Marshall, though, haven’t had Cutler under center for the entire season due to injury. In his place, Josh McCown has come in and done more than enough to suffice in Trestman’s offense. After boasting just a 77.5 rating throughout his career, McCown has soared to a 109.0 rating in his few games with the Bears this year.
In a contract year for Cutler, general manager Phil Emery hasn’t said whether or not he will bring his “franchise quarterback” back to Chicago. What happens in that situation has yet to be determined, but what happens to McCown may have already been partially decided.
According to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times, McCown is contemplating retiring from the NFL in 2014. The biggest part of the decision, overall, is the fact that McCown would like to spend more time with his family.
“Whether it’s us living together and moving quite possibly or just being done playing, one or the other, it’s just figuring out a way to be together…I know that there is a time coming where it’s going to get harder and harder,” McCown said.
While his reasoning is completely understandable, McCown would be making a big mistake to take a step away from professional football at the moment. Under Trestman, he’s shown the ability to win games and make all the plays that a capable backup can make. Not only that, but he may very well fit into the Bears’ future plans for the next year or two as a starter — who knows.
McCown’s stock is as high as it’s ever been as a 34-year old veteran. Who says it’s too late to have the best year or two of his career? He’s shown the ability to be nimble and quick on his feet at times, as well as get rid of the ball on time which is something Cutler has struggled to do since coming to the windy city.
Whether McCown is brought back to Chicago — as a starter or backup — or has the opportunity to play elsewhere in 2014, the fact of the matter is, he will have a job if he wants one.
The question is, will McCown decide to walk away in the end? I sure hope not.