8:24 AM CST, November 6, 2013
I can’t think of one good reason for Jay Cutler to come back as early as Sunday.
Unless he can tackle and play safety.
Cutler’s torn groin reportedly was magically healing to the point that he would play against the Lions only two weeks after he tore his groin. Tore his groin, people.
I know that Cutler is tough, but we’re talking a torn groin. Only two weeks for a torn groin? I’m out for a month just saying that phrase.
For a lot of reasons, the whole idea sounded crazy when ESPN cited a source that said Cutler would play Sunday.
First, Cutler originally was projected to miss at least four weeks and the Bears would re-evaluate him at that time.
Second, Cutler has not been cleared medically to practice, although Dr. Brandon Marshall cleared him a week ago.
Third, the Bears have only two practices instead of three this week, which would give Cutler even less time to get ready.
And fourth, it would be stupid.
On his WMVP-AM 1000 radio show Tuesday, Cutler said, "I don’t think we can say I’ll be out there." That’s not a "No way,"’ and that’s a worry. I’m hoping it’s just Cutler putting blood in the Lions’ urine by forcing them to double their work in practice and the video room to prepare for two Bears quarterbacks.
If it’s anything more than that, be afraid, be very afraid. I’m not a doctor, but I can play one on the web, and it sounds stupid to risk Cutler. Josh McCown can run this offense. He ran this offense as brilliantly as any quarterback could have, even Cutler.
I mean, just look: McCown completed 22 of 41 passes for 272 yards, two touchdowns and zero turnovers in Green Bay, a place where Cutler’s future regularly goes to die. After Cutler was injured early in the game before in Washington, McCown completed 14 of 20 for 204 yards, one touchdown and zero turnovers.
The offense provided enough to be 2-0 with McCown running the offense, but it’s not his fault the Bears defense looks like clown college trying to tackle in a game of tackle football.
Whatever the outcome the last two games, McCown has completed 36 of 61 (59.0) for 476 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions. Just as importantly, McCown has zero turnovers, not even the sack-strip-scoop-and-score that is Cutler’s house special.
McCown’s quarterback rating is 100.2. That’s works. That works well enough to keep Cutler in Bears logoed rehab wear.
Cutler has the better arm. McCown runs the smoother offense with fewer risks. Not having Cutler’s arm forces McCown to get rid of the ball quickly and accurately. McCown is less likely to audible into a pass play because he doesn’t try to throw it into Cutler’s favored small window that is actually a door.
Oh, and McCown is not coming back from an injury. Hel-LO.
The Bears are tied for first place, which tells you how little defense matters in the new NFL. The Bears now hold a tiebreaker on the Packers. They have a chance to get back a tiebreaker against the Lions and take a one-game lead Sunday.
Speaking of the Lions, they’re dirty, so it would be just dumb to expose Cutler to the groin-kicking Ndamukong Suh. Remember, we’re talking about the NFL’s poster child for cheap shots who kicked Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin during a game last November.
I know the Bears frequently hit 10 on the Stupid-O-Meter when making decisions, but this seems like a no-brainer, even for them. Have a seat, Jay. Yes, it’s your job. Just not this week.
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