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Bears have a QB quandary on their hands

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07:25 AM ET 12.10 | Rich Gannon redux? [Gannon] was a 36-year-old journeyman quarterback without a single season over 60.0 percent on completions when Marc Trestman entered his life in 2001. Less than two years later, Gannon won the NFL Most Valuable Player award with a career year and a completion percentage of 67.6. Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown was a 34-year-old journeyman with a career completion percentage of 58.0 when Trestman first applied his Midas touch. ... NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday afternoon that the Bears are "hopeful" of getting [Jay Cutler] back from his high-ankle sprain for Week 15 against the Browns. Rapoport also surmised that with every quality performance by McCown, it's looking "less and less likely" that the Bears will re-sign Cutler to a long-term extension.

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December 10, 2013  07:43 AM ET

No hurry, Jay... Josh is taking care of business.

December 10, 2013  07:47 AM ET

Jay needs to hire Jay-Z as his agent to get good deal.

December 10, 2013  07:51 AM ET
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Jay needs to hire Jay-Z as his agent to get good deal.

When it comes to doing business with the McCaskey family, it doesn't matter.

December 10, 2013  07:51 AM ET

The cost of signing Cutler, the need to rebuild the defense and having a draft class that is deep in talent at the quarterback position should add up to the Bear cutting Cutler loose and keeping Mc Cown as the starter while they develop someone. The Bears are two years away from being a serious Super Bowl contender.

December 10, 2013  07:56 AM ET
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The cost of signing Cutler, the need to rebuild the defense and having a draft class that is deep in talent at the quarterback position should add up to the Bear cutting Cutler loose and keeping Mc Cown as the starter while they develop someone. The Bears are two years away from being a serious Super Bowl contender.

For the last few weeks, I couldn't see the Bears not franchising Cutler.

I'm starting to come around on letting him go and reallocating that money elsewhere.

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December 10, 2013  08:03 AM ET
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The cost of signing Cutler, the need to rebuild the defense and having a draft class that is deep in talent at the quarterback position should add up to the Bear cutting Cutler loose and keeping Mc Cown as the starter while they develop someone. The Bears are two years away from being a serious Super Bowl contender.

I'm not convinced letting Cutler go is the right thing to do... but if McCown was a few years younger I would roll the ice with him and hope to acquire the next QB of the future in the draft. At this point, I trust Phil Emery with draft picks more than I did Jerry Angelo (case in point: Alshon Jeffery).

Trestman and Phil Emery might have their hands full as far as the defense is concerned. A lot of the Bears big-name starters are not getting any younger, and despite the fact that five starters have been on the injured list for most of the season, I'm not sold on Mel Tucker's schemes. Case in point: the Cowboys rushing for 200 yards last night. As I mentioned, a lot of work to be done.

December 10, 2013  08:03 AM ET
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The Bears are two years away from being a serious Super Bowl contender.

You mean two years ago, right?

December 10, 2013  08:05 AM ET
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For the last few weeks, I couldn't see the Bears not franchising Cutler. I'm starting to come around on letting him go and reallocating that money elsewhere.

Now I'm really wishing the Bears would have drafted Mike Glennon.

December 10, 2013  08:08 AM ET
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Houston

Houston has enough problems without taking on Cutler

December 10, 2013  08:16 AM ET

Keep it in perspective, the Cowboys have the worst defense in the league. 5 TD's (1 running) is impressive, but Cutler is going to start, maybe even next week. It will be up to him to play well over these next few weeks and earn a new contract with the Bears. If he doesn't play well, he will play himself out of a job. The Bears will keep McCown and draft (another) young QB to groom for the future.

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December 10, 2013  08:21 AM ET

Phils Simms used the word stardom when he first saw McCowan play in 2005.In bears QB friendly offense makes more sense for them to draft a good QB save the $15 to $20M Cutler and his 100 ints and 24 fumbles will want. Use all that cash to fill other needs

December 10, 2013  08:24 AM ET
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Why not add more.....like the Jets

if you're going to go that route, maybe the Texans would be willing to take on Sanchez

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December 10, 2013  08:32 AM ET
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makes more sense for them to draft a good QB

This has been the problem for 25 years. Here are their QB's drafted since Jim Harbaugh in 1987:

Nathan Enderle
Dan LeFevour
Kyle Orton
Craig Krenzel
Rex Grossman
Cade McNown
Moses Moreno
Will Furrer
Paul Justin
Peter Tom Willis
Brent Snyder
Jim Harbaugh

You could argue Orton and Grossman worked out, for a little while, but the rest were bums. Harbaugh has been their best pick and he was in 1987. Free agency is where they got Eric Kramer, Jim Miller, Chris "Chandelier", and the great Mike Tomzack was an undrafted free agent.

December 10, 2013  08:40 AM ET

I wouldn't get to excited. That Dallas defense is simply pathetic. I didn't think JJ could do worse than Rob Ryan but he proved me wrong. Kiffen is a complete idiot.

 
December 10, 2013  08:52 AM ET
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This has been the problem for 25 years. Here are their QB's drafted since Jim Harbaugh in 1987:Nathan EnderleDan LeFevourKyle OrtonCraig KrenzelRex GrossmanCade McNownMoses MorenoWill FurrerPaul JustinPeter Tom WillisBrent SnyderJim HarbaughYou could argue Orton and Grossman worked out, for a little while, but the rest were bums. Harbaugh has been their best pick and he was in 1987. Free agency is where they got Eric Kramer, Jim Miller, Chris "Chandelier", and the great Mike Tomzack was an undrafted free agent.

Wuth the exceptions of Harbaugh and Grossman the guys you listed were all mid to late round picks. There's enough talent in this draft to grab a guy in the 2nd round or later who will work out.

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