Chicago Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman has a very tough decision to make whenever Jay Cutler is ready to go. I have been a long-time supporter of Cutler, through good times and bad, but even I have to say that I just can’t see how you can take the ball away from Josh McCown right now.
Look, I know that Cutler is the more talented QB. He has the bigger arm. But McCown is McPerfect for this offense. He gets rid of the ball quickly, and he’s accurate. Truth be told, you don’t need a QB with a canon in this offense.
Meanwhile, McCown has done everything you could have asked and more. He’s exceeded all expectations. He has 13 TDs vs. just one interception. The Bears have produced more than 400 yards of offense in four of his starts.
The team has rallied around him.
Yes, I know that Cutler was playing well, too, but he wasn’t this good. Plus, even if he’s medically cleared, as we saw in the Lions game, that doesn’t mean he will be 100% healthy. So why would the Bears choose a gimpy QB over one who has not only played better, but has healthier wheels?
McCown threw a career-high four TDs against the Cowboys, with a 75 completion percentage, resulting in a 141.9 QB rating.
On the season, McCown has thrown for 1,809 yards with a QB rating of 109.8.
Don’t get me wrong — this isn’t about next year. This has nothing to do with franchise tags or long-term extensions. This is about who is in the best position to lead this team down the stretch in an improbable playoff run.
Regardless of how the season ends up, I fully expect Cutler to return and be the starting QB next season. And I am perfectly fine with that. I am still a big believer in Jay Cutler and can’t wait to see what a healthy Cutler could do in this offense with another full training camp.
But for the rest of this season, I would stick with the hot hand and the healthier man. McCown is the McMan. No, not McMahon … though seeing Ditka get his number retired tonight brought back some good memories, didn’t it?
McCown … McMahon. It can’t be a McCoincidence. I say go with Josh and let the chips fall where they may. Hopefully, they fall into the postseason.
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