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Door remains open for Brian Hoyer

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02:  Brian Hoyer #2 of the Chicago Bears looks to pass against the Detroit Lions
at Soldier Field on October 2, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

Three years ago, the Bears rewarded Josh McCown for performing incredibly well while Jay Cutler was injured by sending McCown to the bench. This year, Brian Hoyer has a chance to swipe the job from an injured Cutler.

Coach John Fox made no secret that Hoyer has a chance to take the job. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reiterates that it’s Hoyer’s “job to win,” and that if Hoyer “continues to thrive, he’ll start.”

Hoyer has performed fairly well in a pair of starts with Cutler recovering from a thumb injury, with four touchdown passes, no interceptions, and a 1-1 record. As the Colts reel from a 1-3 start and become the first team to play the Sunday after a London game, the Bears have a chance to swipe a win and to cement Hoyer’s status.

Even if Hoyer keeps Cutler on the bench, it’s fair to ask whether Hoyer can otherwise remain on the field. Injuries have been an issue for him, including a pair of concussions a year ago.

So, yes, Hoyer may keep the job once Cutler is healthy. The real question is whether Hoyer can then stay healthy, if he keeps the job.

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9 Responses to “Door remains open for Brian Hoyer”
  1. dino2997 says: Oct 9, 2016 10:54 AM

    Hoyer has been blessed to have played against some very soft defenses so far this season but at this point in his career he’s shown himself not to be a permanent starter. Fox is lucky to have him as likely the best backup in the league but no way is he considering him as a starter permanently.

  2. tajuara says: Oct 9, 2016 11:01 AM

    Cutler is not a reliable starter either. The Bears need a complete revamping from top to bottom (including HC).

  3. hibcid16 says: Oct 9, 2016 11:18 AM

    Bears fans rejoice! You are finally seeing the end of the Cutler era (well, beginning of the end at least). Fox is the same coach who actully started Tebow, and won with Tebow in a playoff game, so maybe he can do the same with Hoyer. Of course your D needs to step up too.

  4. tacowrecker says: Oct 9, 2016 11:29 AM

    Hoyer isn’t a long-term answer, but he is better suited to play the type of ball John Fox prefers (ball control). Bears need to tear it all down and rebuild, starting with Cutler.

  5. blynch67 says: Oct 9, 2016 11:57 AM

    Am I correct that after this season they can cut Cutler without a huge cap hit?

  6. genericcommenter says: Oct 9, 2016 12:05 PM

    This will be the 3rd season in a row and 3rd different team that’s given him a fair chance to win a starting QB job. I guess we’ll see how that turns out.

  7. stratus5ss says: Oct 9, 2016 12:11 PM

    No, the real question is: does it matter?

  8. maust1013 says: Oct 9, 2016 12:57 PM

    dino2997 says:
    Oct 9, 2016 10:54 AM
    Fox is lucky to have him as likely the best backup in the league…

    Stanton, Prescott, Garopollo, Lynch, McCarron and one or 2 others say hello

  9. MichaelEdits says: Oct 9, 2016 4:04 PM

    Since this is John Fox we’re talking about, he might also choose to sign Jake Delhomme.

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