One of the reasons why there was little controversy inside Halas Hall last season between quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Josh McCown is because the two were good friends. Despite McCown excelling while playing in place of an injured Cutler, the backup quarterback never questioned his role with the team or that Cutler was the starting quarterback.
That is why McCown was an ideal backup quarterback for the Bears. McCown was a leader in the sense that he said and did all the right things.
But when McCown posted a Total QBR of 85.1 last season while passing for 13 touchdowns against only 1 interception, that created a debate over what quarterback was better. Cutler or McCown? It was a question that everyone inside Halas Hall refrained from answering last season.
However, with McCown now the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the quarterback answered the question on Monday.
“I hope Jay thinks he’s better than me and I think I’m better than Jay,” McCown said. “We’re both competitors and that was the beauty in that situation. But in the role on that team, I served him as a backup.”-Josh McCown, CSN Chicago
Furthermore, McCown is looking forward to proving in 2014 that he is better than Cutler.
“Obviously, the [Bucs] want to know from my aspect — Do I feel like I’m better than Jay? Yeah,” McCown said. “Because I’m going in there and I’m leading the team and they’ve gotta know that I feel confident in that.”-McCown, CSN Chicago
The reason why the chances are likely that McCown will falter as the Buccaneers stating quarterback is because he is no longer playing in Marc Trestman’s system. McCown was a nobody before he played in Trestman’s system last season. It is a system that McCown believes Cutler will excel in.
“Jay — his upside, his arm strength, obviously his age — all those things considered, I believe the sky is the limit for him,” the 34-year-old veteran said. “And another year in the system that he’s going to have…I think he’s really going to take off and excel.”-McCown, CSN Chicago
There should be no issue taken with McCown’s comments. In fact, there would be an issue if McCown felt Cutler was better. As a starting quarterback, McCown needs to have the confidence of being the best player on the field.
Confidence will not make up for McCown not being in Trestman’s system in 2014, but it is a start for the 34-year old quarterback trying to establish himself as a starter.