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Bears sign Josh McCown

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A couple of moments after news broke that the Chiefs were awarded quarterback Kyle Orton on waivers, the Bears announced that they added a quarterback of their own.

The team signed Josh McCown to a one-year contract that was likely sitting in a drawer until the moment the team was sure that they would not be adding Orton for the stretch run. According to Adam Schefter, the Bears did put in a claim on Orton so McCown was their Plan B.

McCown was cut by the 49ers at the end of training camp. He spent 2010 in the UFL and has played with the Panthers, Dolphins, Raiders, Lions and Cardinals. McCown has started 31 games in his NFL career, but he’s probably best known for nearly getting his finger lopped off by brother Luke when the two of them were chopping wood before the start of the 2008 season. McCown was expected to start for the Dolphins that year but wound up traded to the Panthers after the team acquired Chad Pennington.

The addition of McCown gives the Bears a bit more depth, but it doesn’t give them a better option than Caleb Hanie over the final six weeks of the season. Hanie will have to do enough to keep the Bears on the playoff track or one of Lovie Smith’s best Chicago teams will find itself out of the mix come January.

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26 Responses to “Bears sign Josh McCown”
  1. trbowman says: Nov 23, 2011 4:27 PM

    Sorry J.T.

    You’ve now fallen out of Martz’s favor for McCown.

  2. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Nov 23, 2011 4:28 PM

    McCown, McNown, whatever. Just suck it up D!

  3. mjbulls45 says: Nov 23, 2011 4:29 PM

    i like josh , hes a good player , can scramble, tough kid

    but still

    not better then culpepper or FAVRE

  4. radrntn says: Nov 23, 2011 4:30 PM

    well that makes no difference to their curerent situation…….might be tough for bears now. all comes down to falcons, saints , lions, giants and cowboys now,

  5. vickspuppy says: Nov 23, 2011 4:31 PM

    Looks like Detroit is the big winner since duh Bears have now officially dropped out of the NFC wildcard race.

  6. readysethike says: Nov 23, 2011 4:32 PM

    How does Josh Mccown keep gettin a job? Hes turrible

  7. tfbuckfutter says: Nov 23, 2011 4:33 PM

    The best thing about any headline that includes “McCown” is that I know at least 2 other quarterbacks I completely forgot existed will be mentioned.

    If your team includes a McCown, it also includes at least one other awful awful QB.

    Or Jon Gruden. In which case, 4 other awful awful QBs.

  8. fatguystrangler says: Nov 23, 2011 4:41 PM

    The definition of the word ‘journeyman’.

  9. bristerfan says: Nov 23, 2011 4:46 PM

    Third round pick in 02. Here’s the list of QB’s drafted in 02 in no particular order: David Carr, Joey Harrington, Josh McCown, Patrick Ramsey, Rohan Davey, David Garrard, Craig Nall, Brandon Doman, Randy Fasani, Kurt Kittner, JT O’Sullivan, Steve Bellisari, Jeff Kelly, Seth Buford, and Wes Pate.

    All time worst draft class for NFL quarterbacks?? Welcome back to the big time, Josh. Enjoy your stay…

  10. donz0 says: Nov 23, 2011 4:46 PM

    The Bears “Plan B” sucks.

  11. autumnwind999 says: Nov 23, 2011 4:49 PM

    “…but he’s probably best known for nearly getting his finger lopped off by brother Luke when the two of them were chopping wood before the start of the 2008 season.”

    ——————

    WTF?

  12. mrplow3 says: Nov 23, 2011 4:54 PM

    Poor Culpepper, the man is practically begging for a job and the list of scrubs being taken over him is just…..wow.

  13. trollhammer20 says: Nov 23, 2011 5:20 PM

    Looks like the Bears will ride Matt Forte and their defense into the playoffs, or watch from home.

  14. Slackmo says: Nov 23, 2011 5:24 PM

    I would have taken Jeff George.

  15. 561bengal says: Nov 23, 2011 5:28 PM

    Pay the man!

  16. obamasballsack says: Nov 23, 2011 5:38 PM

    If he is worst than his brother his last name should be Sanchez.

  17. nowillrepeat says: Nov 23, 2011 6:38 PM

    As a Saints fan, I approve this move

  18. asublimeday says: Nov 23, 2011 6:40 PM

    I can’t even read these moronic comments any more. The bears have a nasty defense and elite special teams. Not to mention an absurdly productive running game.

    Their schedule is also cake. Bears will coast to the #5 seed.

  19. hiwaymessiah says: Nov 23, 2011 6:40 PM

    Ugh David Garrard?

  20. mecos47 says: Nov 23, 2011 7:12 PM

    C’mon MAN!!!

  21. beedubyatoo says: Nov 23, 2011 7:20 PM

    Full disclosure. I’m a life-long packer fan, but the Bears will win no matter who is at qb. They have been successful for 50 years with a lousy qb and a great defense. Perfectly describes the 2011 Bears.

  22. diggittey says: Nov 23, 2011 8:41 PM

    Wow…some of these comments about the Bears not making the playoffs are not real bright. Considering the Bears recipe for winning that has them with the 3rdBears best fecord in the NFL…they will be fine with Haeni. A soft schedule has the Bears primes to go at least 3-3. That would make them 10-6 with some advantages in the tie-breakers. Consider that if Cutler had remained healthy and the Bears ran the table they would still be a wildcard because of Packer dominance. Bears are not a lock but the Cutler injury is not as devastating as many people seem to think(jerry rice)…Bears will be fine!

  23. Soulman45 says: Nov 23, 2011 9:01 PM

    The Bears will be lucky to win two games the rest of the season.

  24. tfbuckfutter says: Nov 23, 2011 10:05 PM

    mrplow3 says: Nov 23, 2011 4:54 PM

    Poor Culpepper, the man is practically begging for a job and the list of scrubs being taken over him is just…..wow.

    ———————————

    Hahaha…..I like how you said that like Culpepper isn’t ALSO a scrub.

    “Man, I can’t believe people keep buying these crappy old Fieros when they could have my Tercel. WTF?”

  25. Steelerbear78 says: Nov 25, 2011 4:21 PM

    Soulman45, mayhap you should trade the soul for a brain.

  26. Soulman45 says: Nov 25, 2011 4:40 PM

    Thank you for falling in love with my comment I wish you wall.

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