Bears backup QBs: Better than Cutler?
When the Bears take the field Sunday against St. Louis, Josh McCown will be the starting quarterback for the third time in four games. The Bears are 2-0 in his starts this year and likely would have defeated Detroit on Nov. 10 had McCown played instead of a still-injured Jay Cutler.
But before McCown's success leads to the inevitable clamoring from Bears fans and pundits suggesting that McCown retain the starting job ahead of a healthy Cutler, let's remind ourselves that we have a habit of overreacting to backups' success.
With that in mind, here is a look at Bears fans' ever-fluctuating views of the team's non-Cutler QB as graded on the "Better-Than-Cutler" Scale.By Jack M Silverstein, for RedEye
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After he led the Bears to a 9-7 season in 2008, the team shipped Kyle Orton to Denver for Cutler and two first-round picks. A vocal faction of Bears fans pooh-poohed the trade; even Brian Urlacher later admitted he was less than thrilled with the move. "We got rid of our quarterback at the time, Kyle Orton, who I didn't think needed to be traded in the first place," Urlacher said earlier this year.
Six games into the 2009 season, Orton's Broncos were 6-0 while Cutler's Bears were 3-3, and the anti-Cutler "I-told-you-so" voice grew stronger. Then the floor dropped out. Cutler's record after those first six games? 35-23. Orton's? 8-22.
Before 2009: 7 out of 10
After 2009: 2 out of 10