The Bears outlasted Mother Nature and the Ravens for an overtime win on Sunday, leaving them in a tie with the Lions on top of the NFC North and quarterback Josh McCown with a 2-0 record in his two starts this season.
McCown will get a chance to make it three against the Rams next Sunday. Coach Marc Trestman announced that Jay Cutler is still being considered week-to-week with the ankle injury that kept him out against Baltimore and that he won’t play in St. Louis. McCown has played well and clearly has a strong command of the offense, something he hopes keeps the team victorious until Cutler is ready to step back into the lineup.
“I have said this over and over again — I’m the backup quarterback on this team,” McCown said, via the Chicago Tribune. The way that I serve my team is to play when the starter is not healthy. Jay is our starting quarterback, there is no doubt about that. So for me, I need to serve our team, in my role. Hopefully whenever Jay is healthy, we are still in a position to get everything we want to get accomplished and done when he takes back over. That’s my mindset.”
McCown’s played well, but it would be silly to think that the Bears would be making a permanent quarterback change. Cutler will start again once he’s healthy and McCown’s presence makes the wait for that moment a lot less painful than it might be under other circumstances.
Trestman also said that linebacker Lance Briggs remains “a couple of weeks away” from returning from his shoulder injury.