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Josh McCown in line to start against Packers

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Lovie Smith wouldn’t reveal his starting quarterback at Monday’s press conference.

When that happens, it almost always means that a change is coming. And that’s what appears to be on the way.

Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com writes that Josh McCown will get the first crack at winning the starting job in practice this week.

Apparently he’s being given the job on the condition that he doesn’t screw things up at practice.

Caleb Hanie has thrown three touchdowns and nine interceptions since entering the starting lineup. The Bears haven’t won since Jay Cutler was hurt and could easily be eliminated from the playoff race before they even play Christmas night on NBC.

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23 Responses to “Josh McCown in line to start against Packers”
  1. trbowman says: Dec 20, 2011 4:41 PM

    If I had asked you Week 1 who was more likely to start a week 16 game, would you have said….

    Luke McCown, who was a week one starter ahead of a raw rookie QB.

    Or Josh McCown, who was out of the NFL and coaching a football team prior to signing with the Bears.

    The NFL can be a crazy league.

  2. metalhead65 says: Dec 20, 2011 4:47 PM

    why isn’t enderle getting his chance? the genius martz personly worked him out and delared him the perfect fit for his system and had the bears draft him. why not see if he has any future so once the bears dunp martz they do not have to waste another pick on a backup qb. I admit I believed in Hanie after the championship game,but in fairness to me other bears fans we had todd collins who martz insisted on signing to compare him to. and as bad as hanie has looked this year collins was worse.

  3. teaspoon1731 says: Dec 20, 2011 4:47 PM

    Why don’t they just snap to the runningbacks? Who needs a quarterback anyway? At least that way, no one’s throwing picks.

  4. lisabearsfan says: Dec 20, 2011 4:48 PM

    Can I request Orton instead?

  5. reddskeletor says: Dec 20, 2011 4:57 PM

    Isn’t this the guy who looks like the villain from Rocky IV?

  6. chris6523 says: Dec 20, 2011 5:08 PM

    McCown shot up the draft charts after an outstanding performance at the NFL Combine, which saw him post a 4.57 40-yard dash, a 10-foot long jump, and a 38½-inch vertical jump. After being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft, future Cardinals coach Dennis Green said of McCown, “I think he’s going to be a great one, when I buy into a quarterback, I really do.”

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    Hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL since 2007. I figure he’s good for about 275 yards and three touchdowns against the Packers secondary.

  7. pudgalvin says: Dec 20, 2011 5:08 PM

    Ahhhh, just like the the old days for us Bears fans. Which horrible qb that shouldn’t even be in the CFL will be playing for us this week?

  8. gmen1987 says: Dec 20, 2011 5:09 PM

    Josh McNown? What a laugh.

  9. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Dec 20, 2011 5:26 PM

    Does it really matter who starts at QB at this point?

  10. thingamajig says: Dec 20, 2011 5:26 PM

    Doesn’t say much about your team when you’re going to start a QB that couldn’t cut it with the Cardinals.

  11. shorttracknews says: Dec 20, 2011 5:26 PM

    Such a shame, at 7-3 we are getting better every week. With any kind of “serviceable” QB we beat KC & Denver with ease and are sitting 9-5 at worst controlling our playoff destiny. Heck with a decent QB we beat the Raiders & Seahawks as well. Shame on you Lovie on your evaluating skills and thinking Hanie was a good #2 option. Our defense keeps getting older and older and there isn’t many windows of opportunity left for this unit to win it all. Now on top of it you got Forte who looks to be around maybe 1 more year with a franchise tag. Hurd was more of a loss on special teams then at WR but he’s gone, I would expect Roy Williams to be gone and I have serious doubt Johnny Knox will return to play the game again. That leaves us with Earl, Dane and Devin and a group bad at evaluating talent to replenish a WR core that wasn’t the greatest to begin with.

  12. trbowman says: Dec 20, 2011 5:47 PM

    “Hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL since 2007. I figure he’s good for about 275 yards and three touchdowns against the Packers secondary.”

    Actually threw two last week….one of which was picked.

    Give Martz credit, he knew Caleb Hanie was terrible. That’s why he went after Collins and that’s why he drafted Enderle.

  13. leroysbutler says: Dec 20, 2011 5:48 PM

    This is the same coaching staff that played Todd Collins ahead of Hanie in the NFC Champoinship game. What a train wreak that was.

  14. chris6523 says: Dec 20, 2011 6:46 PM

    Give Martz credit, he knew Caleb Hanie was terrible. That’s why he went after Collins and that’s why he drafted Enderle.

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    I didn’t know Martz was running the Bears’ war room. And, yeah, what great foresight for a team that had two quarterbacks on their roster to invest a fifth round draft choice on a developmental QB.

  15. 2difshoe says: Dec 20, 2011 7:14 PM

    McCown or E Trade Baby. Probably get the same results, a good laugh.

  16. trbowman says: Dec 20, 2011 7:30 PM

    “I didn’t know Martz was running the Bears’ war room. And, yeah, what great foresight for a team that had two quarterbacks on their roster to invest a fifth round draft choice on a developmental QB.”

    Ya, you obviously don’t know, because the Enderle pick was all Martz. He fell in love with him.

    He’ll probably take over as their 2nd QB next season, but he’s not ready just yet

  17. jutts says: Dec 20, 2011 7:49 PM

    What’s the point? Enderle should get his chance. Mckown won’t be in the league in 2 weeks from now. That’s for sure, but Enderle, who knows. If you loose to the Packers, what’s the big deal. The season is over.

  18. jutts says: Dec 20, 2011 7:53 PM

    In 4 games Haney looks like a Hiney.

  19. skittlesareyum says: Dec 20, 2011 7:57 PM

    Luke McCown, who was a week one starter ahead of a raw rookie QB.

    Or Josh McCown, who was out of the NFL and coaching a football team prior to signing with the Bears.

    Haha, until I read your post I assumed they were the same person! Maybe Josh will have better luck than his brother. He is playing the Packers “defense”, after all…

    /Packers fan

  20. vikescry1 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:16 PM

    don’t worry bears fans, it doesn’t matter who your qb is. if he breaks wind our d-line won’t get close enough to know it. matter of fact i would be willing to bet anyone that the bears qb won’t even get dirty this week. unless he play’s in the mudd before the game. oh and we brought in some nice new folding chairs to give rodger’s some time to throw the ball. he has to have something that can block for him…. a packers fan

  21. tommytd says: Dec 20, 2011 10:23 PM

    Who cares Lovie??? Elvis has left the building!

  22. roastbeefsandwich says: Dec 20, 2011 11:06 PM

    Is it too little, too late? I think so.

    Without Forte and a solid running game they’ll need a QB that can move the ball and control the speed of the game against the Packers. Good luck with that. Martz will just stick him in and have him fling it down the field for three INT’s.

  23. minkytails says: Dec 21, 2011 9:12 AM

    Wow, that should scare packer fans almost as much as Todd Collins did in last season’s championship game.

    Maniacal laugh! Maniacal Laugh!!!

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