Welcome to Chicago, the city that cares deeply about its backup quarterback.
Although Jay Cutler signed a big contract this offseason and most of the talk should have centered on his progression in Year 2 of Marc Trestman’s offense, all we’ve been hearing from Bourbonnais at Bears training camp has been about the backup quarterback competition.
Last year the Bears were blessed with two quarterbacks who played with great success in Cutler and backup Josh McCown. Most teams don’t even have one quarterback who can put up numbers like these two guys did and the Bears had two. As a result, we got spoiled into thinking this is the norm. McCown got a payday to go play for the Buccaneers and he rightfully accepted the offer and left town.
Bears fans are likely going to be discouraged by the level of play from the two men vying for the coveted backup quarterback slot this year. Jordan Palmer and Jimmy Clausen will split reps in the preseason and whoever shows the most command of the offense and can move the ball down the field will likely be the one to back up Cutler.
If neither one looks capable, don’t be surprised if the Bears look outside the organization for one.