With Josh McCown playing well in the absence of starting quarterback Jay Cutler, the question becomes whether coach Marc Trestman will ride the hot hand or switch back to the guy with the stronger arm.
After Monday night’s 45-point outburst against the Cowboys, Trestman nevertheless has recommitted to Cutler.
“There’s no change in the plan,” Trestman said after McCown’s five-touchdown outburst, via Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com. “We’ll see where Jay is this week. He’ll have to be released by the doctors. When Jay is ready to play, he’ll be playing.”
Question: When will Cutler be released by doctors who are bought and paid for by the Bears? Answer: If you don’t know, read the question again. Slowly.
Even if/when Cutler is technically cleared to play, he’ll still have to be able to prepare to play.
“When [Cutler] is good to go and can have a full week of practice, he’ll be our quarterback,” Trestman said.
Those if’s and but’s hinge on whether McCown continues to play like he did last night. He’s 3-2 as a starter this year, with a pair of Monday night wins against playoff contenders. McCown also beat the Ravens, another playoff contender. And he did what he needed to do to help the Bears win in overtime against the Vikings.
So, yeah, Cutler is still the starting quarterback. But there’s no reason for McCown to stop playing quarterback.