Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, citing team sources, reports that the Bears could end up sticking with Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback even when Jay Cutler is ready to return from his thumb injury.
According to La Canfora, Cutler has reportedly “fallen out of favor” with some of the coaching staff and HC John Fox is focused on fewer quarterback turnovers, which could ultimately work in Hoyer’s favor.
Sources tell La Canfora that the coaching staff is in no rush to get Cutler back on the field and added that Hoyer is likely the more popular option among the staff right now.
Meanwhile, Ian Rapoport reports that this is Hoyer’s job to win, and if he continues to thrive, he’ll be their starting quarterback moving forward.
Hoyer, 30, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Bears back in April after he was released by the Texans. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent next year.
In 2016, Hoyer has appeared in three games and completed 69.1 percent of his passes for 697 yards to go along with four touchdowns and on interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 9 quarterback out of 35 qualifying players.