GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 04: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears (R), who is injured, hugs Josh McCown #12 at the end of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 4, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Bears defeated the Packers 27-20. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Updated: December 10, 2013 9:35PM
It took Bears coach Marc Trestman all of five minutes to dismiss the growing rumblings of a quarterback controversy taking place with his team.
“There’s no change in the plan,” Trestman said halfway through his press conference after the Bears defeated the Dallas Cowboys 45-28 at Soldier Field on Monday night.
“We’ll see where Jay [Cutler] is this week [with his high-ankle sprain]. He’ll have to be released by the doctors. When Jay’s ready to play, he’ll being playing.”
And Trestman said that confidently after watching a confident Josh McCown direct an efficient pounding of the Cowboys. In what may be his last start of the season, McCown ran for a touchdown and completed 27 of 36 passes to seven different receivers for 348 yards, a career-best four touchdown passes and a 141.9 passer rating against the Cowboys.
McCown has exceeded all expectations playing in place of the injured Cutler, producing a 109.8 passer rating in five starta and two relief appearances.
But McCown dismissed the notion that his play has forced Trestman into a tough decision between him and Cutler, who last played a full game Oct. 10 against the New York Giants.
“The team knows who the starting quarterback is and, like I said before, I know my job as the backup,” McCown said Monday night. “I want to play efficient football, winning football and keep us in contention, while the starter is not healthy. As long as Jay is healthy and ready to go, I don’t think that’s any question. I just want to do my part in that and so we’ll see what happens moving forward.”
Cutler returned to practice last week, albeit in a limited fashion, but his return looks close. He also canceled his weekly radio show on ESPN on Tuesday because of meetings.
“It has nothing to do with cautiousness [with Cutler],” Trestman said. “We’re taking this very methodically. The doctors understand that. When [Cutler is] good to go and can have a full week of practice, he’ll be our quarterback.”
And again, that’s fine with McCown.
“I’m the backup. Jay’s our starter,” McCown said. “When Jay is healthy, Jay should be the starting quarterback. That’s really it. I don’t go out here going, ‘You know what? If I do this now, I’ll be the starter.’ That’s not my mindset. I’ve told you guys that. My mindset is to serve this team as the backup quarterback as best I can.”