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Josh McCown is as surprised as anyone he’s an NFL starter again

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Josh McCown will start at quarterback for the Bears on Sunday, something no one could have predicted a month ago, least of all McCown himself.

McCown’s last start was with the Raiders in 2007, and he was out of the NFL for the entire 2010 season and for all of this season, too, until the Bears picked him up after Jay Cutler got hurt and they weren’t awarded Kyle Orton on waivers. McCown said that during that long wait to get a call, he figured his last chance to be an NFL starter had passed.

From where I was sitting, it didn’t look like it was going to go down this road,” McCown said, via Scout.com.

McCown’s focus now is on beating the Packers.

“I’m a competitor,” he said. “I want to win the game. I want to do right by the coaches and by the other 52 guys in the locker room. So it’ll be exciting for a little bit, but we’ve got to get down to business.”

If McCown can shock everyone and play well enough to give the Bears a chance of winning on Christmas night, he’ll be one of the best stories in the NFL. And it will also raise questions about what took the Bears so long to put him in ahead of Caleb Hanie.

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  1. mrplow3 says: Dec 22, 2011 11:29 AM

    And yet Daunte Culpepper is healthy and begging for a job.

    Good to know blackballing is alive and well in the NFL today.

    I mean I agree he was stupid for being his own agent for all those years but it doesn’t deserve a banishment penalty.

  2. 2difshoe says: Dec 22, 2011 11:29 AM

    Surprised to be a starter ?!?!

    Wait until you see the final score Sunday night…and I am a bears fan !

  3. roastbeefsandwich says: Dec 22, 2011 11:30 AM

    Some where Jeff George lets out a scream.

  4. pack4ever says: Dec 22, 2011 11:31 AM

    Well the packers almost blew a win against the bears after cutler went out, so I wouldnt be surprised if it is a close game.

  5. ravensruleandharbaughisgod says: Dec 22, 2011 11:31 AM

    Where is Jeff Garcia when you need him!

  6. shackdelrio says: Dec 22, 2011 11:32 AM

    He’s proven he can beat the Vikings when a playoff spot is on the line.

  7. svcfilmguy says: Dec 22, 2011 11:34 AM

    Misleading headline. I guarantee you he isn’t as shocked as I am.

  8. trbowman says: Dec 22, 2011 11:39 AM

    I want to Jeff George slingin’ it again

  9. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Dec 22, 2011 11:40 AM

    “And it will also raise questions about what took the Bears so long to put him in ahead of Caleb Hanie.”

    Poor staff decisions have caused the bears not to go to the superbowl imo. Not saying they’re bad but if they had a top notch front office the bears should’ve been there.

    ” McCown can shock everyone and play well enough to give the Bears a chance of winning on Christmas night, he’ll be one of the best stories in the NFL.”

    Really nfl? Can I get some flex scheduling up in this beast?

  10. gottapoop says: Dec 22, 2011 11:40 AM

    @ mrplow3

    “And yet Daunte Culpepper is healthy and begging for a job.

    Good to know blackballing is alive and well in the NFL today.”
    ——————————————————

    Daunte Culpepper doesnt have a job because he isnt good anymore. Nobody is blackballing him. Whats so hard for you to understand?

  11. leucas66 says: Dec 22, 2011 11:41 AM

    How long ago was it that Bears fans were wondering why they didn’t put Hanie in instead of Collins? Fans are really great judges of personnel.

  12. DubZ480 says: Dec 22, 2011 11:41 AM

    To quote the great Henry Ford “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you are right”…. Clearly Josh thinks he cannot win… and he is right….

  13. norseyapper says: Dec 22, 2011 11:44 AM

    This has been a year of crazy story lines for NFL QBs.
    Without elite play at that position teams seem to be pretty well screwed.

  14. dionoil says: Dec 22, 2011 11:44 AM

    Not a great player, but a great guy. Wish him luck

  15. bengalsown says: Dec 22, 2011 11:46 AM

    I would suggest that McCown doesn’t get used to it…

  16. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Dec 22, 2011 11:47 AM

    mrplow3 says: Dec 22, 2011 11:29 AM

    And yet Daunte Culpepper is healthy and begging for a job.

    Good to know blackballing is alive and well in the NFL today.

    I mean I agree he was stupid for being his own agent for all those years but it doesn’t deserve a banishment penalty.
    ——————————————————

    Wait when is the last time Culpepper was successful? Miami? Oakland? Nope, he had his shot.

  17. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Dec 22, 2011 11:50 AM

    “Josh McCown is as surprised as anyone he’s an NFL starter again”

    How many misleading headlines can MDS write in one day!?

  18. neuteronomy says: Dec 22, 2011 11:51 AM

    “Poor staff decisions have caused the bears not to go to the superbowl imo”

    Er. If the Bears even got into the playoffs, it would be the Packers or the 49ers causing them not to go to the superbowl.

  19. brotzelj says: Dec 22, 2011 11:54 AM

    Here it is, the seasons on the line, 2 receivers left and right….McCown takes the snap, rolls right….fires into the endzone…..caught! Touchdown!! No!!!! No!!! The Cardinals have knocked the Vikings out of the playoffs!!

  20. FinFan68 says: Dec 22, 2011 11:54 AM

    I don’t mean to rain on his parade but he is not a starter. He is a back-up QB that happens to be getting a start due to injury…just like Hanie.

  21. hunterx82 says: Dec 22, 2011 11:57 AM

    Jeff Garcia was available.

  22. hunternuts says: Dec 22, 2011 12:00 PM

    @ravensruleandharbaughisgod: Jeff Garcia is in Houston, pay attention

  23. eddieapoc says: Dec 22, 2011 12:04 PM

    There is no way Hanie makes this roster next year. Too old to develop and not good enough to be a backup. Bye Bye Hanie.

    I’m a Lions fan but I hope the Bears make some front office changes. Seems like there has been some roster bungling. When you have Josh McCown starting and the playoffs are on the line its time to re-evaluate.

  24. joetoronto says: Dec 22, 2011 12:08 PM

    mrplow3 says: Dec 22, 2011 11:29 AM

    And yet Daunte Culpepper is healthy and begging for a job.

    Good to know blackballing is alive and well in the NFL today.

    I mean I agree he was stupid for being his own agent for all those years but it doesn’t deserve a banishment penalty.
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    Give it a rest, Dante. You’re done, just accept it and move on.

  25. dacapt704 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:08 PM

    No McNabb, no Garcia, no Bulger, not even a Favre call….?? Doesnt make sense to me..sure none of these guys are top or even mid tier but SURELY have to be better than the scrap heap of QBs currently on the roster

    As a non-fan of the team It doesn’t make sense why you hand over the keys to a playoff team to a dude named Caleb…smh…no wonder why Bears fans want a total house cleaning

  26. jutts says: Dec 22, 2011 12:09 PM

    A Total Joke….. Laubghing Stock………..Bad Management………….Bad coaching decisions.. I hope George Mckaskey has a clue and is watching all this crap take place…….

  27. Fantasy Football Legend says: Dec 22, 2011 12:11 PM

    Bears better hope he does better then his brother Luke did for the Jags to start the season.

  28. norseyapper says: Dec 22, 2011 12:12 PM

    Josh McCown is surprised, Tikki Barber is flabbergasted, the rest of us just get the giggles.

  29. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Dec 22, 2011 12:20 PM

    they should’ve addressed their backup qb position when it became their achiles heel in last year’s playoff loss. now it could keep them out of the playoffs. i would be pissed if i were a bears fan. and there were quite a few decent backup free agents they could have gotten for next to nothing. damn man

  30. bleedgreen says: Dec 22, 2011 12:25 PM

    norseyapper says:
    Dec 22, 2011 11:44 AM
    This has been a year of crazy story lines for NFL QBs.
    Without elite play at that position teams seem to be pretty well screwed.

    ————————

    The 49ers are doing pretty well with competent, but definitely not elite play.

  31. illiniftw says: Dec 22, 2011 12:29 PM

    “How long ago was it that Bears fans were wondering why they didn’t put Hanie in instead of Collins? Fans are really great judges of personnel.”

    Your point? Hanie does suck, but Collins was worse. I’d say it proves the Bears front office sucks at evaluating QB talent not Bears fans.

  32. pkrjones says: Dec 22, 2011 12:41 PM

    Hopefully ONE of the McCaskeys aren’t passed-out or sleeping and hear the Bear’s coaches say “McCown gives us the best chance of winning”. Caleb Hanie has been “coached-up” for the past 5 months by these same coaches. Josh hasn’t started a game in 4 years, was last seen coaching high schoolers 2 months ago, and hadn’t thrown a pass since 2009.

    That’s the BEST Angelo and Lovie can do, Chicago?

  33. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 22, 2011 1:00 PM

    The old saying is that if you have 2 QBs, you really have none. Stocking up on a stellar backup isn’t possible these days. Look at all 32 starters and tell me that QBs ranked 33-64 could really be worth a damn.

  34. crazycane says: Dec 22, 2011 1:03 PM

    leucas66 says: Dec 22, 2011 11:41 AM

    How long ago was it that Bears fans were wondering why they didn’t put Hanie in instead of Collins? Fans are really great judges of personnel.

    What took Hanie a whole game to do, Collins did in a half.

  35. snaponrules says: Dec 22, 2011 1:35 PM

    The list of available QB’s doesn’t matter. A west coast QB like D Mac, culpepper or even farve is not going to be able to come in and learn the complex Martz system in a couple weeks, it takes months. Once Cutler went down there was only 2 choices. Bulger or Mc Cown that was the only 2 that knew the system. Bulger stayed retired left us with McCown.
    It sucks but until we we get rid of the martz system its what we are stuck with.
    This all goes back to why Martz wanted a vet back up early in the season and not Hanie. Angelo is an idiot, hence we are shafted this year.

  36. 4dabears says: Dec 22, 2011 1:58 PM

    This is all because of Mike Martz and his ridiculous playbook that hasn’t worked since the 90′s!

  37. philtration says: Dec 22, 2011 2:06 PM

    “We’re really excited about Josh.”

    - Lovie Smith 12/21/2011

    That is all you really need to know about Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo.

  38. philtration says: Dec 22, 2011 2:25 PM

    You want to know how screwed up the Jerry, Martz, Lovie situation really is?
    Now the Bears are talking about drafting a TE because the rest of the league is actually using them to catch passes.
    Here is what they have done with the TE position…

    * Draft Greg Olson in the 1st round knowing that he was a fast, recieving TE and not a blocker.

    * Play him and he gives you exactly what you drafted and he connects with your new QB.

    * Trade him away so you can sign a so-called blocking TE to make Martz happy.

    * So called blocking TE can’t block and is cut.

    * Cut veteran TE that could catch AND block. (Desmind Clark) depleting what may have been your deepest postion on the roster.

    * Sign a Steeles cast off (Spaeth) and hope he can catch as well as Greg Olson.

    * Start sizing up TEs in next years draft to replace the one you gave away even though you do not know who the offense coordinator is going to be.

    Yep…. brilliant to say the least.

  39. CKL says: Dec 22, 2011 2:54 PM

    Wow philtration, that IS bad when you put it that way.
    ALMOST makes me feel better about what’s gone on with the defensive backfield on my team.

  40. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Dec 22, 2011 3:46 PM

    Tiki Barber is flabbergasted by this story

  41. beedubyatoo says: Dec 22, 2011 3:49 PM

    “He’s proven he can beat the Vikings when a playoff spot is on the line.”

    —————————

    That was in 2003 for God’s sake. I think he was filling in for George Blanda.

  42. neon88m says: Dec 22, 2011 5:25 PM

    I hope they done renew Martz contract next year!

  43. neon88m says: Dec 22, 2011 5:33 PM

    I hope they don’t renew Martz contract next year!

  44. cup1981 says: Dec 22, 2011 5:41 PM

    I wonder how many Bears fans are having phantom visions of a “N” in place of the “C” in McCowns name and starting to have panic attacks…. lmao!

  45. whyalwaysthehate says: Dec 22, 2011 8:54 PM

    Bad, bad choice. Really bad choice.

  46. sodapopgrizzly says: Dec 23, 2011 6:26 AM

    Speed of the game + craptastic offensive line will find McCown watching the clouds roll by in Wisconsin. And wishing he was watching the bears debacle in Green Bay from the comfort of his living room.

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