Following Chicago’s win over the Cowboys Monday night, Bears HC Marc Trestman reiterated that Jay Cutler will be their starting quarterback once he’s medically cleared.
“There’s no change in the plan,” Trestman said, via ESPNChicago.com. “We’ll see where Jay is this week. He’ll have to be released by the doctors. When Jay is ready to play, he’ll be playing.”
Cutler has been dealing with an ankle injury that has forced him out of action for the past four weeks.
“When [Cutler] is good to go and can have a full week of practice, he’ll be our quarterback,” Trestman said.
Josh McCown has been great to say the least in Cutler’s absence. On the season, McCown has totaled 1,809 yards passing, 13 touchdowns and one interception to go along with a completion percentage of 66.8.
With a loss from the Lions in Week 15, the Bears have a real shot at winning the NFC North, thanks in large part to the play of McCown this season. Few teams have ever had a quarterback step in and play this well in the absence of their starter.
It will be interesting to see how Cutler looks upon returning, although there is no guarantee that he’ll be back in time for this weekend’s game. We’ll have more updates regarding his status throughout the week.