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Bears Bites: If McCown Thrives, Could It Spell the End for Cutler?

Also, could Shea McClellin be pushed out of the Bears' starting lineup?

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Bears Bites: Examining the Bears' Defensive Shortcomings

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Josh McCown will likely be Cutler's back-up. McCown has been on the team since 2011, when he was picked up in an emergency.

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Josh McCown Shines in 2nd Half

The Bears may not have been able to pull of a win against the Red Skins, but back-up Josh McCown helped the team hold their own after QB Jay Cutler was sidelined.
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In Wednesday’s edition of Bears Bites, we take a look at how the Chicago Bears failed to stop the Washington Redskins’ read option offense in Sunday’s loss, how the defense is coping with the loss of Lance Briggs, and the potential impact that Josh McCown’s future performance could have on the payday (or lack thereof) for Jay Cutler in Chicago.

- Each week, Adam Hoge looks back at game film and dissects what went right and wrong for the team. This week, he focused on the Bears’ failure to stop the read option offense that the Redskins possess, the one that head coach Marc Trestman said the team was successful in defending only twice in 10 tries. [670 the Score]

 Bob Warja has his report card for the Bears as they head into their bye week. [Bears Huddle]

- Could Shea McClellin lose his job as the starting defensive end when the Bears come out of the bye week? He certainly could, and that’s only one positional battle that could be opening up in the days and weeks ahead for the Bears. [CSN Chicago]

- Even if guys like McClellin and company get stapled to the bench instead of taking meaningful snaps, the Bears’ defense is still in a world of trouble. [Daily Herald]

 -In ESPN’s weekly stock watch, Jeff Dickerson takes a look at what Josh McCown starting at quarterback could mean for the team’s chances. [ESPN Chicago]

- Speaking of McCown, is it possible that if he excels in Trestman’s offensive system that it could actually spell the end of the Cutler era in Chicago? It could, and Mark Potash explains why in this interesting column on the subject. [Chicago Sun-Times]

- Finally, we take a look at another NFC North team that is dealing with quarterback issues, but of a different kind. The Minnesota Vikings, who had the dubious honor of being the first team to lose to the New York Giants this season in an embarrassing Monday Night Football loss, will stick with Josh Freeman at quarterback against Green Bay next week despite his horrific accuracy numbers. [Chicago Tribune]


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