CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Josh McCown #15 of the Chicago Bears stands on the sidelines during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on December18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 38-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Josh McCown
During Sunday's abysmal loss to the Seahawks, the thought surely crossed your mind: "Why not put in Josh McCown? Could he do worse than Caleb Hanie?"
He was put in the game, and threw two passes. One was completed; the other was intercepted.
Now, McCown will reportedly have another shot at getting in the game. According to ESPN Chicago, the starting quarterback's job is up for competition. Since McCown's arrival in Chicago, McCown's position has been only as a back-up. He saw few first-team reps, and was there just in case lightning struck twice and the Bears lost another quarterback.
But with Caleb Hanie throwing nine interceptions and averaging 102 yards per game, the Bears are open to a change. They will decide on the starter based on practice this week. Before Sunday, McCown's last pass thrown in a regular season game was thrown in September of 2009. If he were still capable of high-level play, he would have been on a roster.
However, facing the 13-1 Packers, Chicago has to get creative, so why not go with McCown? The Packers actually have a weak passing defense, allowing the second-most yards per game in the league. McCown isn't likely to be a white knight to save the team, but we know that Hanie can't get it done.