McCown or Cutler is the wrong question this week

December 12th, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Following a Josh McCown performance Monday night against the Cowboys that earned him NFC offensive player of the week honors, the talk of the town on Thursday was head coach Marc Trestman’s decision to start a healthy Jay Cutler against the Browns on Sunday and sit the hot hand of McCown.

Was this the right decision? That is the big question pondered by fans and analysts alike, but I’m not so sure that’s where our attention should be focused, though.

The bigger question we should be asking ourselves is, can this Bears defense, a unit so full of holes and playing as bad as any in the league, stop an awful Browns offense?

It’s a sad prospect but one we’ll have to deal with.

I have confidence in both McCown and Cutler to lead this Bears offense when called upon. Both have shown to be efficient and effective in leading Trestman’s offense this season and I have no doubts that Cutler will engineer drives that end in points. Before going down in the Washington game with an injury, Cutler was playing his best ball, at least during his Bears career. He was averaging 271 passing yards per game, had thrown for 12 touchdowns compared to 6 interceptions, and had five of six games with a passer rating greater than 90, including a 128.1 against the Saints.

Whether McCown or Cutler is the better option is irrelevant in my eyes. Whether the Bears defense will make All Pros out of Browns quarterback Jason Campbell and running backs Chris Ogbonnaya and Fozzy Whittaker is the bigger, scarier proposition this week.