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McCown had faith that Cutler would finish strong

Updated: December 15, 2013 10:03PM



CLEVELAND — After Jay Cutler threw his second interception of the first half — this one returned for a touchdown — Josh McCown chatted with the man who took his starting job.

“You’re gonna be all right, man,” McCown said.

He was right. Cutler (22-for-31, 265 yards) threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to rally the Bears to a 38-31 victory against the Browns on Sunday.

“It’s not what happened as much as how you respond to what happened,” McCown said “That’s why I’m so proud of him, because him and the other 10 guys in the huddle rallied around that and said, ‘Ya know what? Things are gonna be fine.’ And we found a way to get it done.”

He praised Cutler’s mental toughness and his ability to recover from a bad start.

McCown said he never expected to see action, even when Cutler struggled.

“I believed in him, 100 percent,” he said.

The closest McCown got to playing was running out on the field to encourage Cutler. He went so far out on one occasion that an official shooed him back.

It wasn’t easy to go through a week of controversy, McCown admitted, after Cutler was cleared to return from his high-ankle sprain.

“You try to block it out as much as possible,” he said. “You understand it’s out there. But at the same time, we were focused on just getting this game and going out and playing good ball.”

That, Cutler did.

“I’m proud to call him my teammate,” McCown said, “Proud to call him my quarterback and proud to call him my friend.”

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