McCown to start for Bears Sunday night

Posted Dec. 21, 2011 @ 12:37 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Bears announced Tuesday that QB Josh McCown will start Sunday vs. the Packers.

McCown replaces Caleb Hanie, who had an 0-4 record as the starter under center, throwing three touchdown passes and nine interceptions. Hanie stepped in for Jay Cutler, who is still rehabbing from surgery to repair his broken right thumb.

The Bears signed McCown, a ninth-year veteran, on Nov. 23 and he played late in Chicago's loss to the Seahawks in Week 15, completing 1-of-2 passes with an interception. McCown was out of the league last season, but he has made 31 career starts and spent time previously with the Cardinals, Lions, Raiders and Panthers.

McCown has familiarity with Mike Martz's offense from his time in Detroit, when Martz was the Lions' offensive coordinator.

The way we see it

After deciding a change needed to be made, head coach Lovie Smith opted for McCown over rookie fifth-round pick Nathan Enderle, but we said earlier this week that Enderle needs to be prepared to play Sunday. If the game gets out of hand, it will be time for the Bears to take a look at the only quarterback (Enderle) other than Jay Cutler that is signed beyond this season.

This could be a one-game starting stint for McCown. If the Bears are eliminated from playoff contention heading into their Week 17 game against the Vikings, Enderle should get the call.