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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
 
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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Comments

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

Comparing the Bears with Cutler to the Bears without Cutler should at least silence all the anti-Cutler fools 



Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

When is Angelo going to be showen the door?  Hanie was never the answer.  He failed to put a quality O-line out there and he failed to get a number 1 or 2 wide reciever(albeit Bennett when healthy may be a 2).



Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:45 am
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

The Bears have gone from playoff continders to "the Colts" without Cutler at the helm.  This all just shows me that Cutler is a top 12 QB in the league, and the Bears O-line is one of the worst 5 lines in the NFL.  It doesn't help to have Forte out but Barber is a quality backup (dumb as a box of rocks for running out of bounds).  The GM better get a line together soon, it has been 4 years since they had a avergae one.  Then pay a good back up to help keep the team afloat when a QB goes down for 4 or 5 gmes.



Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:52 am
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

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.

2+1=4?????



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:18 am
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

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

Wow, so you're really going out on a limb saying they won't beat the Packers with a 3rd string QB who hasn't played in 4 years?  Lol, Vegas must be scared of you, with those prognostication skills I bet they don't even allow you in the sportsbooks...



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:13 am
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

Take that Barbour Coat, turn it sideways, and stick it straight up your candy ass!!!





Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:54 am
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

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


you are a master of the obvious......duh



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:41 am
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

Urlacher to take snaps with the first team offense in practice today.....Bet you couldn't tell the difference!



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:37 am
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

Heads better roll in Bears upper management over this......Does Jim Hendry's twin work for the Bears? 



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:43 am
 

Josh McCown to start for Bears on Christmas

WTF are you talking about?


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