When head coach Marc Trestman was hired by the Chicago Bears last January, the expectation was that Trestman would be able to change the trend of quarterback Jay Cutler‘s career and establish Cutler as a true franchise quarterback. Cutler has played well this season under Trestman but injuries have kept the quarterback from truly establishing himself as a franchise quarterback with the Bears.
But Cutler’s absence has not taken away from Trestman’s impact on the quarterback position. Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown may be the one player that has benefited the most from Trestman being in Chicago. Under Trestman, McCown went from being a journeyman backup quarterback to a quarterback that is leading the Bears playoff push in place of an injured Cutler.
The impressive streak for McCown as the temporarily starting quarterback of the Bears continued on Sunday in the Bears victory over the Ravens. Despite the weather conditions and the struggles that the passing game had in the first quarter, it was McCown who once again put the Bears in a position to win the game.
On the fourth play of the Bears first offensive series in overtime, McCown connected with tight end Martellus Bennett on a 43-yard pass that the put the Bears in field goal position to win the game.
On the play, McCown simply instilled trust in Bennett.
“Yeah, I think the wind had died down quite a bit and Martellus made a good play. I don’t know if the wind was blowing as much. I know when the call came in, I was still a bit concerned because I knew the ball was getting downfield. But, with those guys, it’s just getting it in their circle and let them make a play.”-Josh McCown, Chicago Tribune
Beyond McCown’s impressive knack to make plays when the Bears offense needs it the most, the Bears quarterback has yet to turn the ball over on the season. That streak also continued on Sunday against the Ravens.
It was the ball security by the Bears offense that gave the team the opportunities to keep pace with the Ravens throughout the game until the Bears decisive drive in over-time.
Marc (Trestman) and I talked about that before the game – wanting to get out of this thing on the plus side of it on turnovers. We were able to do that and we were able to protect the ball. I’m proud of everyone involved for getting that done.”-McCown, Chicago Tribune
Till this point, most Bears fans have been waiting for the other shoe to drop in relation to McCown’s performance this season. That simply hasn’t happened. McCown has impressed in every opportunity that he has been given this season. Fans may have been jumping the gun with the excessive praise of McCown after the Bears victory over the Green Bay Packers, but considering the latest feat by McCown, it is hard to argue with his accomplishments this season. Accomplishments that has led many Bears fans to suggest that he should be the starting quarterback for the rest of the season.
Despite that suggestion, McCown still recognizes his role with the team.
“No. I have said this over and over again – I’m the backup quarterback on this team. 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, Chicago Tribune
Whatever his mindset may be, McCown is certainly making a case with his performance that he should be the starting quarterback of the Bears.