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Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:53 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 1:59 pm
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By Will Brinson

Caleb Hanie had a good run (well, a run anyway), but it's all over now -- the Bears announced on Wednesday that Josh McCown will start on Sunday against Green Bay, per our Bears Rapid Reporter Gene Chamberlain.

It's been quite a while since McCown took starting snaps in an NFL game. December 23, 2007 to be exact, when, as Chamberlain notes, McCown went six of eight for 48 yards before leaving the game.

Since then, he's played in four NFL games (two with Carolina, one with Chicago), completing two of his eight attempted passes and throwing one interception.

In other words, things had to get really, really bad for the Bears to bail on Hanie and take a shot at McCown running the offense. And things did: Hanie completed an even 50.0 percent of his passes (51 of 102) for three touchdowns and nine picks this season and though he's been somewhat effective as a scrambler, it's pretty obvious he's not a capable starter in the NFL.

McCown probably isn't the "answer," per se, but the Bears are in a four-game losing skid since Jay Cutler suffered a broken thumb against San Diego. In those four games -- three of which were against the AFC West -- Chicago's been outscored 86-47. 21 of the points scored by their opponents came either on defensive touchdowns (two from the Seahawks) or via a Hail Mary (Tyler Palko to Dexter McCluster).

And the Bears limited the Raiders to six field goals (18 points) and a touchdown. It's not hard to imagine a world where, if they had a capable backup quarterback, they'd be in the playoffs.

So, um, Merry Christmas, Josh.


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tarzan67
Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:40 am
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Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

Well at least the Cutler haters can only gloat over his injury now.  Bears auto playoff team with him, horrible when he goes down, proof that he's a great QB, bad upper management and coaching to not get him better surroundings and a decent backup in case.




Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

Mark my words  _____________ The Bears are done for this year !



Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:29 pm
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

This is all on the upper management and coaching staff! They had a fairly easy rest of season where they probably would have won 5 of 6 losing to the Packers! Now 5 weeks later still don't have a QB! I think McNabb is not that stupid that he couldn't pick up something or just adjust the offense to McNabb, Hell look at Denver and their offense around Tebow! Just is sad cause they were coming on strong and even Packer fans were getting worried how the Bears were playing! I just find if Martz's offense is that complicated and it takes a QB 2 years to learn it, well SIMPLIFY it cause it looks like crap now with what they have so whats the difference! I know maybe you could move the ball a little even in a High school offense LMAO! WASTED OPPORTUNITY!!!!



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:26 pm
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

MikeD.  Let it go.  You have been posting everywhere that Bears fans "hyped" Hanie.  You couldnt be more wrong.  Did some of us think he would be good enough to bridge a gap back to Cutler with an easy schedual?  Yes and lets face it.  If he was just a little less horrible we just might have done just that.  But to say Bears fans were confident about going to Hanie is just flat out wrong.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

Typo "Hanee" will be in 2nd Qtr



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

McNabb is sitting at home> He clearly has a higher level of "current" skills and shame on Chicago for not reachong out for him. The Bears will get waxed even with GB being absolutely pourus on "D".........just dont get the Bears Brass throwing away the season. Granted Cutler and forte are out but this is insanity and makes no sense starting McCoy. Nanee will be in the game in the 2nd Qtr.....



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:09 pm
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

I do find it kind of interesting how much Bears fans hyped Hanie saying things like he was one of the best backup QBs in football and the offense won't lose much at all with Hanie at QB

are you crazy?... Bears fans were going crazy to get someone like Orton when Cutler was hurt.....Im a life long bears fan and dont know a single Bears fan who didnt think the season was over when the Bears decided to go with Hanie 



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

The fact that the Bears did not have even a mediocre back up for Cutler is ridiculous...the fact that they sat back and still did nothing AFTER he was hurt is management incompetence.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

The Packers could sit Aaron Rodgers this week and they will still beat the Bears.  Without Cutler, the Bears offense is arguably the worst in the league.  Losing Forte hurts, but Cutler going down was a death blow to Chicago.

I do find it kind of interesting how much Bears fans hyped Hanie saying things like he was one of the best backup QBs in football and the offense won't lose much at all with Hanie at QB, as he can run 10x's better than Cutler.  Not even my mention of how Hanie has never started a single game in the NFL could slow them down.  After 4 games -- Hanie is likely out of not only a starting job, but any backup role as well. 


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