By Jay Kilby: The Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman revealed on Thursday that he’ll be starting Josh MCCown at quarterback this Monday in the Bears game against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler still isn’t ready to return to the lineup due to his high ankle sprain. This will be the 5th game that Cutler has missed this season due to injuries.
Cutler suffered a groin injury against the Washington Redskins on October 20th in the Bears 45-41 loss to the Redskins. Rather than sitting out and making sure his groin injury was fully recovered, Cutler rushed back to the lineup too early after 3 weeks of resting, and he ended up suffering a new injury, this one to his ankle, against the Detroit Lions.
Trestman wants Cutler to play in Week 15 against the Cleveland Browns. The Bears (6-6) are currently one game behind the 1st place Detroit Lions (7-5) in the NFC North. They need to win every game in order to have a chance to win the division.
The Bears might not be better off with Cutler as the starter at this point. McCown has proven himself to be the better quarterback than Cutler this season, and it might not be a good thing for the Bears to have Cutler back in the lineup playing. McCown has a quarterback rating of 103.6 this season compared to the 88.4 for Cutler.
Cutler needs to play and perform well in the remaining games of the season for the Bears because his contract is up after 2013. He wants to remain with the Bears, and is hoping for either a long-term contract that pays him huge money or a 1-year franchise tag, which would give him $16.2 million for 2014. The Bears will be crazy if they give Cutler either of those things because he’s not even as good as backup McCown. However, the word is that the Bears owner wants to re-sign Cutler and also keep McCown, so we’re probably going to see Cutler with the Bears next season. They may end sorry if they sign him to a new contract.