Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Cowboys not even sure who QB is who torched them
By Tim MacMahon
CHICAGO -- It's one thing to get torched by quarterbacks who are household names, such as Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning, Matthew Stafford and Drew Brees.
But what about the sixth quarterback to pass for at least 300 yards against the Dallas Cowboys this season?
“Is that Luke McCown or Cade McCown?” Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick asked after Monday night's 45-28 blowout loss to the Chicago Bears.
Um, actually it was Josh McCown, who is Luke's brother and not related to former Bears first-round bust Cade McNown.
Scandrick meant no disrespect -- “He's been playing great this year,” he added -- but his slip of the mind makes the point. The Dallas defense got dominated by a 34-year-old journeyman backup.
McCown has consistently performed well while filling in for an injured Jay Cutler, but this was a career night for a guy who couldn't keep a starting job at SMU. He completed 27 of 36 passes for 348 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, plus he ran for another score.
To be brutally honest, the numbers would have been much more impressive if the Bears weren't in clock-killing mode for most of the fourth quarter. Chicago never punted or committed a turnover.
All due respect to McCown, but he's not a guy who should account for five touchdowns against an NFL defense. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he's the first Bears quarterback with a five-touchdown game since Johnny Lujack in 1949.
“If you were back there at quarterback and we played the way we played, you'd probably have five touchdowns,” defensive end DeMarcus Ware said in response to a question from a 40-something television reporter. “I mean, that's the way I feel. If you don't play a fundamentally sound game, a guy that can just get out there and play, he'll hurt you and that's what he did.”
In doing so, McCown added his name to a long list featuring a bunch of big-name quarterbacks.