The Bears' big mistake

By starting Jay Cutler, Chicago is benching NFL's hottest QB

Updated: December 13, 2013, 3:48 PM ET
By Scott Kacsmar | Football Outsiders

In terms of name recognition, the decision shouldn't be a hard one. Jay Cutler is the starter, Josh McCown has been the career backup. Even during the course of McCown's current stretch as the Chicago Bears' starter, coach Marc Trestman has maintained that Cutler is the preferred starter when he returned to health. In that light, Trestman's decision to go back to Cutler makes total sense.

But that position discounts the recent performance of McCown under center. Career backup ...

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