By Chip Kuehn: Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is hoping he can play next Monday night in the Bears game against the Dallas Cowboys, but he’s still waiting to receive medical clearance from the team doctors before he can know for sure if he’ll place. Cutler, 30, has a high ankle sprain that has kept him out of the lineup for the last couple of games.
Cutler said this about his ankle problem on ESPN 1000 “Getting better. Still got to talk to the doctors, gotta go through some stuff this week. I still fight like I’m gonna get back here really soon. I want to play. It’s just the trainers and doctors are going through the scenario we’ve got to go through.”
The Bears (6-6) have lost their last two games to the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings. I’m not sure that Cutler would have been able to change anything even if he had been the one starting at quarterback rather than backup Josh McCown. For a backup, McCown is playing as good as he can, but the Bears still are struggling. The Rams just went out and destroyed the Bears, it’s as simple as that. McCown completed 36 of 47 passes for 352 yards with a completion percentage of 76.6 with 2 touchdowns. Last week, the Bears were beaten by the Vikings 23-20 in overtime.
McCown completed 23 pf 36 passes for 355 yards with a completion percentage of 63.9. There aren’t too many quarterbacks in the NFL that can play better than that. McCown is playing better than Cutler this season, and this is Cutler’s best season with the Bears. Cutler has a completion percentage of 63, and he’s thrown 13 touchdowns, 8 interceptions and has a quarterback rating of 88.4. McCown has a completion percentage of 65.2 with 9 touchdowns, 1 interception and a passing rating of 103.6.
The Bears should take their time with Cutler and make sure that he’s 100 percent healthy before they decide on whether they should give him back his starting job or not. Frankly, they should leave Cutler on the bench for the remainder of the season and go with McCown because he’s clearly the better quarterback of the two fight now.