Josh McCown QB CHI 10 Days
Josh McCown completed 36-of-47 passes for 352 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Chicago's Week 12 loss to the Rams.
The interception was McCown's first of the season, though he also committed a fumble six. McCown had another pick overturned by a penalty. The numbers look nice, but were aided by pass-heavy comeback mode, while McCown offered almost no deep threat. His inability to challenge the back-end of the defense is why there's no realistic chance he'll remain the Bears' starting quarterback once Jay Cutler is ready to return. That being said, McCown continued to play as well as could be expected of a 34-year-old former high school coach, sticking nearly every short-to-intermediate pass while playing intelligent football. He's an elite backup, but that still doesn't translate to QB1 status. McCown will be a mid-range QB2 in Week 13 against the Vikings.
Josh McCown QB CHI 17 Days
Josh McCown acknowledged Monday there is "no doubt" Jay Cutler (ankle/groin) remains the Bears' starter when healthy.
McCown has engineered wins in each of his two starts and has a 5:0 TD-to-INT ratio, but there is no question Cutler's job is safe. "I have said this over and over again - I'm the backup quarterback on this team," said 34-year-old journeyman McCown. "The way that I serve my team is to play when the starter is not healthy. Jay is our starting quarterback, there is no doubt about that."
Josh McCown QB CHI 17 Days
Josh McCown completed 19-of-31 passes for 216 yards and one touchdown in Week 11 against the Ravens.
McCown averaged a healthy 7.0 YPA and didn't turn the ball over, doing exactly what Chicago hoped he would making his second start in place of an injured Jay Cutler. On the final drive in overtime, McCown threw a dart to Martellus Bennett for a 43-yard gain down the right seam over the top of Lardarius Webb. It was McCown's best throw of the day. Cutler is battling a high-ankle sprain and is highly questionable for Week 12 against the Rams. McCown will be a QB2.
Josh McCown QB CHI 18 Days
The forecast for Sunday's Ravens-Bears game at Soldier Field is currently calling for "possibly severe" afternoon thunderstorms and winds in the 25-35 MPH range.
The chance of rain is 70 percent, and per Weather.com Sunday's storms could "contain damaging winds." It's not cold in Chicago -- it's been in the 50s and 60s Saturday and is expected to be around 65 on Sunday -- but the expectation of strong winds could be a concern for vertical passing. The Bears will play quick-out passing offense as they always do. The Ravens are more of a vertical passing team, so this could be a concern for Torrey Smith.
Josh McCown QB CHI 23 Days
With Jay Cutler sidelined with a high-ankle sprain, Josh McCown will be the Bears' starting quarterback for Week 11 against the Ravens.
McCown has played surprisingly well in Cutler's absence this season, but won't be more than a mid-range QB2 in a game that could be a defensive struggle. He's definitely the player to add if you're a Cutler owner, however. McCown appears capable of keeping both the Bears and fantasy teams afloat.
Josh McCown QB CHI 29 Days
Jay Cutler suggested he'll be extra cautious with his groin injury because of how well Josh McCown is playing.
Cutler is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions. He says he feels good, but hasn't tried to cut and make his drops in a live situation yet. "I think the way that Josh is playing, we feel good about that and we don't want to get into the situation where I'm out there and I get back a week too soon and I'm set back another four to six weeks. So I'm just gonna be smart with it," Cutler said. Since taking over, McCown has gone 36-of-61 (59.0 percent) for 476 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He's also rushed five times for 53 yards.
Josh McCown QB CHI 1 Month
Josh McCown completed 22-of-41 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's Week 9 win over the Packers.
Making his first start since 2011 in place of an injured Jay Cutler (groin), the Bears didn't miss a beat on offense. McCown was poised, hung tough and stood tall in the pocket in the face of pressure, and was decisive with the football. The 34-year-old credits Kurt Warner, whom he spent the 2005 season with in Arizona, with teaching him how to be a better quarterback. Coach Marc Trestman put McCown in position to succeed with a perfectly-called game on offense. McCown delivered two perfect throws on his touchdowns. One went to Brandon Marshall from 23 yards out, while the other was a six-yard hookup to Alshon Jeffery. Both balls were placed only where McCown's receivers could catch it. Cutler is eyeing a Week 10 return against the Lions. The Bears wouldn't be in bad shape if McCown needed to make another start.
Josh McCown QB CHI 1 Month
Beat writer Michael C. Wright expects Josh McCown to have an "eye-opening performance" in Monday night's game against the Packers.
It's a tough spot for McCown on the road at Lambeau, but there are some things working in his favor. He's had two weeks to prepare, Marc Trestman knows how to generate passing offense and Brandon Marshall/Alshon Jeffery are serious weapons. Furthermore, the Bears' suddenly poor defense could turn this into a shootout and McCown's scrambling ability is underrated. He'll be on the mid-range QB2 radar until Jay Cutler (week to week, groin) returns.
Josh McCown QB CHI 2 Months
Operating in relief of Jay Cutler (groin), Josh McCown completed 14-of-20 passes for 204 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Redskins.
Cutler went down with what looked like a severe groin injury in the second quarter and was quickly ruled out for the day. Surprisingly, McCown came in and moved the ball at will. Showing excellent mobility (four rushes for 33 yards) and good accuracy, he ran the Marc Trestman quick-hitting offense by seamlessly hitting Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall down the field. The Bears have a bye in Week 8, but McCown would be on the low-end QB2 radar if he starts in Week 9 against the Packers. There are reports that Cutler's injury "could be bad."
Josh McCown QB CHI 8 Months
Bears re-signed QB Josh McCown to a one-year contract.
McCown, 34 in July, has completed 58 percent of his 1,113 career passes with a 37:44 TD-to-INT ratio and 13-20 record. Chicago should remain in the market for a No. 2-caliber quarterback. McCown is best suited for a third-string role.