Is there a better option than Jeff George?


What concerns Bears fans the most is the backup quarterback situation. For many years, the backup quarterback was Chicago's favorite quarterback but now we don't have to worry about that anymore. What we DO have to worry about is what happens if Jay Cutler goes down?

After one series in the first preseason game, Mike Martz pulled Cutler from the game because of the constant blitzing brought on by the Charger defense. In came Caleb Hanie. He did perform well enough to convince the Bears and the 4th Phase that he could be a legitimate backup quarterback... but then he went down. Hanie left the game with a shoulder injury.

It turns out the Hanie's injury isn't that serious and he should be back in time for the regular season... but what if he's not? What options to the Bears have? Dan LeFevour didn't look good and because of his performance, he might not make the final cut.

In Sean Jansen's column in the Chicago Sun Times, he suggests that the Bears look into Jeff George. He writes:

During my sportswriting career, I'm not sure I've seen any quarterback throw the ball so hard and so accurately, and I've covered the likes of Favre, Randall Cunningham and Daunte Culpepper. What George did in 1999 was remarkable. After Dennis Green benched the struggling Cunningham, George nearly rallied the Vikings to a second-half comeback in Detroit, completing 10 of 12 passes for 214 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

George went 8-2 down the stretch as a starter, and his numbers were eye-opening (23 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 94.2 passer rating). Then, in two playoff games, he threw seven touchdowns against one interception, with the Vikings losing a shoot out the eventual Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams.

The No. 1 pick in the 1990 NFL Draft, George was ripped for assorted reasons, but he was a solid citizen in his lone season with the Vikings. Randy Moss and Cris Carter loved the way he threw the ball, and Culpepper picked his brain. Plus, perhaps most important, he was a stand-up guy to the media.

Every offseason, when a team has a need for a quality back up, George's name always comes up. George has always been an intriguing prospect because of his arm. He always lobbies for a job but he hasn't been a quarterback in the NFL since 2001. If Hanie isn't ready in time for the regular season and Cutler goes down, who do we turn to? Chime in here...


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