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After last week's victory against the Packers, some fans started saying that the Bears should go with McCown for the rest of the season whether Cutler was injured or not. This train of thought was nonsense at Best. Cutler gave the Bears the best chance to win—at least that was what the experts and most Bear fans thought.
Sitting on the end of another Bears loss, it is finally time to admit that Cutler's ship has sailed. It is time to admit that the Bears should move on from Cutler. Yes, it is time to drink the Josh McCown Kool-Aid Bears fans. It is of course difficult to do.
Jay Cutler was arguably having his best season since coming to Chicago back in 2009. Additionally, Cutler's personality and leadership has improved dramatically this year. Also, he clearly has the physical attributes to be an elite player: arm strength, mobility, and definitely toughness (he should have not even been playing against Detroit). However, something cannot be missed about Jay Cutler. Jay Cutler has only won one playoff game in four seasons with the Bears. Cutler also seems to always crumble in big games—getting injured or just playing really poorly.
Again, there is no denying that Cutler has gotten better. In fact, there are many things that have gotten better with Cutler this year. However, Bears fans have waited long enough for Cutler. This is supported by his lack of post season success and the constant excuses and promise that things will get better. Here are five reasons you should join the Josh McCown bandwagon and support the idea of Josh McCown being the Bears starting quarterback whether Cutler is hurt or not.
1) Josh McCown Is A Leader: When Josh McCown was interviewed after leading the Bears to a possible game tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter against Lions, McCown could have gloated. He could have talked about how he should have been out there earlier—which he should have been. Instead, McCown talked at length about Jay Cutler's toughness. He talked about how Cutler had gotten injured during the game and about how Cutler was a warrior.
McCown went on to mentioned how Cutler actually was the one that came up to him and admitted that McCown was the better player for the last drive. He did what every good leader should do; he put the team first. It took Cutler almost four quarters of football before he finally conceded—even though Bears fans know that it shouldn't have been Cutler's choice. Trestman should have pulled Jay way earlier in the second half.
Besides being humble and putting his teammates first, you have to love how McCown wore his helmet the whole game. The guy literally was ready to go from the beginning of the game. He was checked in; he was exhibiting sideline behavior that any coach would love. Cutler had his helmet off half of the game and didn't exude the same level of desire or leadership that McCown displayed.
2) Josh McCown Plays Well Under Pressure: Imagine, you are a backup quarterback, and you are thrown into a professional football game with limited practice and enormous expectations. Well, this is what Josh McCown has been facing for three weeks. In those three weeks, McCown has delivered. Whether it was throwing that touchdown pass to Marshall on a Packer's blitz last week or coming out cold on the final drive of the Detroit game to lead the Bears to a touchdown, McCown has made plays consistently for three weeks.
It was possible to write off the first two performances. McCown played against a porous Washington defense and a Packer's team without Aaron Rodgers. However, McCown came out without hardly anytime to warm up and led the Bears to a fourth quarter touchdown against a talented Detroit Lions' defense.
McCown is not a great quarterback. He does not have the physical attributes of Jay Cutler. However, the kid simply makes plays.
Jay Cutler will always have his one 2010 playoff win over Seattle— Cutler played well with a 111.3 passer rating during that game. However, this game was the exception not the rule. Cutler historically has been awful in big games. Whether it was the NFC Championship game in 2010 or basically any game on a major stage, Cutler folds under pressure.
3) Josh McCown Plays Within The System: Marc Trestman is an extremely talented play caller. The West Coast system is based on getting the ball out quickly, reading over your progressions, and making the pass, Josh McCown consistently does this very well.
On the final drive against Detroit, McCown threw the ball away when he got into trouble. He also ran when he needed to run, and he made some great throws while only getting a play or two to get his legs underneath him. Jay Cutler, on the other hand, holds the ball too long, throws into triple coverage, dives forward when he should slide, and refuses to consistently play within the system. McCown is not a better quarterback than Cutler. He just plays that way because he stays within the system.
Of course, Cutler was doing way better playing within the system this year than in previous years. However, Cutler reverts back to his old ways when the pressure is on. He is the poor man's version of Brett Favre. And speaking of Brett Favre, the guy could have had one of the best seasons in sports history with the Vikings if he had only tucked the ball down and ran for five yards against the Saints. Instead, he throws it across the field, and the rest is history.
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4) The Bears Cannot Afford To Pay Jay Cutler: Jay Cutler is in a contract year. Regardless of how he plays for the rest of the season, Cutler will likely be offered big money by a quarterback desperate team. Joe Flacco was paid a king's ransom last year. His team is 4-5 at the time of this being printed. With all of the upgrades that are needed on defense and the amount of contracts that the Bears will need to take care, the team cannot afford to invest twenty million dollars a year into Jay Cutler.
Marc Trestman is known as the quarterback whisperer. The Bears would be much better off moving forward with McCown while they groom other talent and upgrade their defense. This might sound like a rebuilding of the Bears, it will be. The defense finally got old. Peppers is not Peppers, and Urlacher is gone. It is time to move forward.
5) A Clear Decision Needs To Be Made About The Quarterback Position: The quickest way to destroy a team is to have a quarterback controversy. The Jets are 5-4 this year and in the hunt for a playoff spot. Last year, every week the question was: Should Tim Tebow Start? Of course, Mark Sanchez was awful too, but the constant questioning of the quarterback position clearly affected the team in a negative way. This is why Marc Trestman needs to make a decision and stick to it.
Think back to last year, Jim Harbaugh had to decide between Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick. Harbaugh picked Kaepernick, and the team made it to the Super Bowl. Most critics and fans would acknowledge that the 49ers probably could not have done that with Smith. What was amazing about what Harbaugh did is that he did not care what critics and the media were saying. He also made a call that would define his career—a Super Bowl defining call.