Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Bears: Backup QB plan
By Matt Williamson
Assessing the Chicago Bears' backup QB situation if Jay Cutler is injured and misses time.
With the beating that Cutler has taken in a Bears uniform and the present state of their offensive line, I commend Chicago for adding Jason Campbell to the mix as one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL. Campbell has bounced around the league quite a bit thus far, and there could be an argument that he was never truly given a legitimate chance to thrive in one system. But Campbell plays the game slower than needed to be a true starter. He has a big arm and is a strong deep passer, which works well with the Bears’ now-bigger wide receivers. Campbell has started 70 games in the NFL, with his team winning 31 of them. The Bears also have the veteran Josh McCown and youngster Nathan Enderle, who could be the odd man out since both Campbell and McCown both have starting experience. McCown has 33 starts at this level.
Confidence rating (out of 100) if Cutler is out for an extended period: 70.