3 Reasons It Was Right to Make Josh McCown Starter for Bears Sunday

Nathan Palcowski@@npalcowski22Contributor IIIDecember 21, 2011

3 Reasons It Was Right to Make Josh McCown Starter for Bears Sunday

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    Just four weeks ago it seemed as though the Chicago Bears were on their way to the playoffs.  Matt Forte was running the ball, and Jay Cutler was throwing better than any quarterback in the NFL.  

    Now after Caleb Hanie's indecision to spike the ball in Oakland, the struggle to score a touchdown against Kansas City, getting Tebowed and then an embarrassing loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Lovie Smith has made a change at QB.

    Veteran Josh McCown will start Christmas night against the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.  In a season that all seems to be lost, the decision was the right move for the Bears. 

Can't Get Much Worse

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    There was much hope that Caleb Hanie could limp the Bears into the playoffs, or at least until Jay Cutler came back.  But with the loss of Cutler and star running back Matt Forte, Hanie has been under immense pressure.

    Hanie, in his four starts this season, is completing exactly 50 percent of his passes.  Hanie has thrown three touchdowns, but that is overshadowed by nine interceptions.  These numbers have led the Bears to a four-game losing streak, and chances are dwindling to make the playoffs. 

    Though, not all of the blame can be placed in Hanie's hands.  The offensive line has been blocking poor since Cutler went out.  With McCown in, hopefully the Bears can salvage what's left of this tumultuous season. 

Veteran Experience

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    In his nine years of playing professional football, McCown has played for four different teams and has racked up 6,596 yards and 35 touchdowns.

    McCown may be no Jay Cutler in running Mike Martz's complicated offense, but he brings veteran leadership into the huddle. 

    Over his career, he is 1-3 against the NFC North, and specifically against the Green Bay Packers in 2007, he went 7-of-15 for 110 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.  Though the Packers are a totally different team now, McCown has the experience of going to play in Lambeau.

    Something which Caleb Hanie does not.

Need a Win

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    It's as simple as it gets.  The Chicago Bears simply just need a win on Sunday to stay relevant in the playoff hunt.  Facing the 13-1 Green Bay Packers is no easy task. Especially at Lambeau field on Sunday night.  The Packers will ultimately be resting their starters by the second half.

    The Packers, who have the 31st-worst defense in the NFL, should give up points to McCown and the Bears.  Caleb Hanie gave a valiant effort in the last four games, but he has not come away with a win.    For Chicago Bears fans, you can have great games individually, but if you don't win, nothing else matters

    Josh McCown needs to be a savior on Sunday for the Bears and help pull Chicago out of their four-game losing streak and win.