Bears Bench NFC Player of the Week For Jay Cutler

Josh McCown Stats

WK Opp Score QBRat Cmp Att Yds TD Int
7 @ WAS L 41-45 119.6 14 20 204 1 0
8 Bye
9 @ GNB W 27-20 90.7 22 41 272 2 0
10 DET L 19-21 123.4 6 9 62 1 0
11 BAL W 23-20 92.9 19 31 216 1 0
12 @ STL L 21-42 102.4 36 47 352 2 1
13 @ MIN L 20-23 114.9 23 36 355 2 0
14 DAL W 45-28 141.9 27 36 348 4 0
Totals: 109.8 147 220 1809 13 1

Jay Cutler Stats

WK Opp Score QBRat Cmp Att Yds TD Int
1 CIN W 24-21 93.2 21 33 242 2 1
2 MIN W 31-30 97.7 27 38 292 3 2
3 @ PIT W 40-23 90.8 20 30 159 1 0
4 @ DET L 32-40 65.6 27 47 317 2 3
5 NOR L 18-26 128.1 24 33 358 2 0
6 NYG W 27-21 106.5 24 36 262 2 0
7 @ WAS L 41-45 8.3 3 8 28 0 1
8 Bye
9 @ GNB W 27-20
10 DET L 19-21 69.8 21 40 250 1 1
11 BAL W 23-20
12 @ STL L 21-42
13 @ MIN L 20-23
14 DAL W 45-28
15 @ CLE
Totals: 88.4 167 265 1908 13 8

Jay Cutler to Start

Jay Cutler is starting this week against the Cleveland Browns, and Josh McCown is heading back to the bench.

Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman just made one of the biggest decisions in his pro coaching career. With the Bears hot in playoff contention, and off a huge win on Monday Night Football where his squad man-handled the Dallas Cowboys, Trestman is changing quarterbacks.

What makes matters even more surprising is that Josh McCown was named NFC offensive player of the week and clearly had an excellent grasp of the offense. McCown completed 27-of-36 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for a touchdown, and is the first Bears quarterback ever to have five touchdowns in a single game without throwing an interception.

Clearly Marc Trestman has never heard the expression “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. I personally think there is far more to lose than gain from such a quarterback move. If McCown was struggling through each of his starts there would be no questioning such a change, but arguably McCown has looked better under center. If Cutler plays poorly against the Browns, or if the Bears don’t walk away with anything but a victory come Sunday, the media and fanbase will question this move.

 

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Mike is the founding member at Gridiron Experts with over 1000+ articles credited to his name. With over 20 years of fantasy experience, Mike has a very unique style when picking sleepers and gems. He has always had a outside the box look on the NFL and rarely gets sucked into the hype over players or buzzing offenses. Mike looks at the game as a whole and doesn't focus solely on individual stats. Football is not Baseball, and you need to factor in more when researching players to draft. Mike has one year old son and is expecting a daughter in late July (2015).

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