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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Cutler, McCown share mutual respect

By Michael C. Wright
ESPN.com

It’s clear there’s a mutual respect between Chicago Bears quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Josh McCown.

Cutler admitted during "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000 Monday to telling McCown, "I'm not as good at this backup quarterback stuff as you are," but he’s embracing the role while out with a left ankle injury and says the backup is deserving of his recent success.

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Filling in for Cutler, McCown has generated a passer rating of 100.0 while throwing for five touchdowns and no interceptions on the way to going 2-0 this season as a starter.

“I’m obviously real proud for him,” Cutler said. “More than that, I’m just happy for him. No one really deserves it more than him on our team; as much as he’s put in behind the scenes and doesn’t get any credit for it really at all, just smoothing things over between the guys, helping me out in the film room, being an extra set of eyes. He’s been on a lot of different teams, and he’s able to talk to the young guys and just impress upon them how important their role is, even if it is a small role. He’s done a great job, and he’s put in a lot of hard work these last couple of weeks to get where he’s at.”

McCown could be in for more labor in the coming weeks with Cutler facing an uncertain timetable for return from the ankle injury he suffered on Nov. 10 against Detroit. But McCown knows Cutler is there to help.

“Jay’s been outstanding. Every day he’s at practice. He’s watching me because he knows the system and he’s made so many plays this year in the system,” McCown said Monday during “The Carmen & Jurko Show” on ESPN 1000. “He’s just giving me little tidbits and things I can do to be better. He’s been great on the sideline during the games, just reminding me of little things here and there. He was awesome at Green Bay. He was great [against the Ravens]. It’s a credit to who he is. I think a lot of that for him goes [not] talked about. But he’s been great man, really really helpful; couldn’t ask for a better guy to be around and to have on the sideline helping me.”

Cutler admits to being “pretty frustrated” about not being able to contribute, but is also beginning to realize how difficult the job of sideline supporter can be.

“You don’t get the reps. I’m just sitting there, just kind of throwing my two cents out there every once in a while,” Cutler said. “He’s asked more questions than I ask him. Josh, he knows exactly when I’m looking for something and he’s able to give me some information. I don’t know exactly what he’s looking for sometimes. So he’s able to ask me questions and I’m able to give feedback. That’s kind of how we’ve worked the last couple of weeks.”