Bears trust Josh McCown, and he delivers

AP

While the Packers panic about the health of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the other team was playing its backup quarterback too.

And the results were vastly different.

Bears quarterback Josh McCown was smooth and efficient in last night’s 27-20 win over Seneca Wallace and the Packers, a calming presence for a team that might not be without starter Jay Cutler much longer.

It would be hard to find one better than this,” McCown said, via Scott Krinch of CSNChicago.com. “They’re all special though at every level, from back in high school to Sam Houston State, to now, they’re all special. This is neat, this is really neat because it means so much to our team, it’s a divisional opponent, it’s for the division lead, all those things that factor in to this. So it’s very special, I’m very thankful. Right now, I’m just enjoying it.”

McCown has an easy going, aw-shucks demeanor that has made him popular (and contributed to his continued employment) for years. But the 34-year-old can also make a play, as he did in several instances last night.

He was sharp from the start, throwing a strike to Brandon Marshall for an opening-drive touchdown that set the tone for the night. But he was also a good-enough 3-of-5 for 28 yards on the final 18-play drive which ate nearly nine minutes off the clock late. He finished the game 22-for-41 for 272 yards, with two touchdowns and a 90.7 passer rating.

“He was actually better than what I thought he was,” Packers defensive end Datone Jones said. “A lot of times, those passes, he wasn’t just sitting back in the pocket completing them. We got him off the spot running and was completing long passes. A lot of times, it wasn’t like we weren’t getting pressure. We were getting pressure, but he was just moving, which a great quarterback does.

“He stepped up tonight.”

The Bears would prefer he didn’t have to many more times, but it’s good to know they have a reliable guy in case.

16 responses to “Bears trust Josh McCown, and he delivers

  1. I don’t know Mccown’s whole career, but it’s quite obvious Josh is playing the best football of his career.
    Looks like Trestman has really turned around his career.
    Enough to think Cutler should sit until completely healthy

  2. Imagine how much more special it would have beenif you could have gone into Lambeau and beaten the Packers with Aaron Rodgers. Imagine that. Hopefully, you have a tremendously vivid imagination.

  3. Awesome performance by McCown. I didnt know he was that good. He was firing darts all night, in the pocket or on the run. That was a great MNF game even though it was a battle of the backups.

  4. It is nice to know that your backup can deliver. It is also nice to have a class act on the team like Josh McCown. This guy does more for this team than many know.

  5. The kid is such an improvement over Hanie its ridiculous.
    And for a guy who rivals Teblow in the “Praise Jeebus” stakes its nice that he doesn’t try and shove it down our gaping maws everytime he has a microphone in his face!
    Thanks Josh! Youre a-ok in this longtime Bears fan’s book.

  6. As a young QB in AZ Dennis Green anointed him the starter and McCown was pretty up and down, as might be expected. But the Cards and McCown got better and they reeled off a three-game winning streak, with McCown doing OK and not turning the ball over. Then Green decided McCown was hampering his offense and Saturday night named Shaun King the starter. It was a disaster, so he went to a rookie QB for a road game–another disaster. He then went back to McCown but the damage was done. I have always wondered what would have happened if McCown had remained the starter for a young Cards team just starting to gel. He was the best quarterback not named Warner to play for the Cards in the last ten years (I know that isn’t saying a whole lot).

  7. johngaltwho says:
    Nov 5, 2013 7:38 AM
    Imagine how much more special it would have beenif you could have gone into Lambeau and beaten the Packers with Aaron Rodgers. Imagine that. Hopefully, you have a tremendously vivid imagination.
    _____________________________

    Imagine if the much-praised front office of GB had done a better job making a Plan B. The REALITY is (and that’s what we’re talking about here – reality) that football is a TEAM sport, and depth counts.

    Packers banked on Rodgers’ history of good health, gambled, and lost.

    Bears were the better TEAM last night, and no amount of whining, excuse-making, or skipping around through imagination land is going to change that now. In the NFL, it’s “next man up”, and the Bears had the better man, and the better team.

  8. Congrats on your fluke win over a Packers team without Rodgers. You also needed the refs’ help.
    1. The tackle that knocked Rodgers out was a horse collar that wasn’t called.
    2. Late in the 1st half, the zebras robbed Quarless of a catch, conveniently on 3rd down and it killed a solid drive.

  9. usdcoyotesfan says: Nov 5, 2013 6:50 PM

    “Congrats on your fluke win over a Packers team without Rodgers. You also needed the refs’ help.”

    Shhh…You’re embarrassing yourself.

  10. usdcoyotesfan says: Nov 5, 2013 6:50 PM

    Congrats on your fluke win over a Packers team without Rodgers. You also needed the refs’ help.
    1. The tackle that knocked Rodgers out was a horse collar that wasn’t called.
    2. Late in the 1st half, the zebras robbed Quarless of a catch, conveniently on 3rd down and it killed a solid drive.
    *********************************************
    1. Wrong – his hand is clearly on his shoulder, and not under the shoulder pad, neck area. You see this wrongly called by the zebras all the time, but is not a horse collar. Ref. Retired official on ESPN commenting on this issue. (go to youtube).

    2. Wrong again – there wasn’t enough evidence to over turn the call on the field. He seems to gather the ball right at the last second but he is also touching out of bounds. Blame the Coach for not challenging this call. If it was winnable, he would have… but he didn’t!

    They missed calls on the Packers too. There is a neat shot of the ref over looking Marshall as the defender is pulling his shirt out of his pants. Clearly a holding pen, but yet no call. And we could go on like this all day, but in the end the Bears won with their second string QB, over the packer second string QB. Live with it.

  11. I didn’t think he looked horrible in the NFC Championship game, TBH. Considering the talent he had to work with, time to prepare, etc.

    He played smart football. Was accurate, threw it away when he needed to, etc.

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