Chicago’s Jay Cutler to start against Browns

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been named the team’s Week 15 starter as they travel to Cleveland to face the Browns. This report comes from ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson.

Josh McCown, who has averaged 352 yards over his past three starts for the Bears, is heading back to the bench. Head coach Marc Trestman reportedly made the decision after Cutler got in a full practice on Thursday, experiencing “no residual issue” from Wednesday’s session. Cutler had previously missed time with an ankle injury.

In five starts this year, McCown is 3-2 with an 13:1 TD-to-INT ratio and a 83.5 QBR. This includes a 27-of-36 for 348 yards, five total touchdown performance against Dallas. Cutler’s eight starts have yielded a 4-4 record, 13:8 TD-to-INT ratio and 63.2 QBR.

The National Football Post’s Jason Cole reported earlier this week that the Bears are likely to let  Cutler, a free-agent-to-be, walk in the offseason unless he’s willing to sign a team-friendly deal.

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  • hashish

    That means we may win

  • hashish

    Too bad, we need the draft pick.

  • mgbode

    Cutler is better than McCown. I hope that Cutler is rusty and still somewhat hurt.

  • RGB

    Jay Cutler is a free agent at season’s end.
    Methinks Lombardi and Banner will be watching closely…

  • bossman09

    Cause they are looking for an old QB? We already have several…

  • WFNY_DP

    God, I hope not. He missed the end of the NFC championship with a knee injury in 2010, missed six games in 2011 with a biceps injury, missed two games in the middle of 2012 after a neck injury and MCL sprain, and has missed five games this year due to various injuries. He turns 31 before next season.

    Noooooo thanks.

  • RGB

    I’m not sayin’. I’m just sayin’.

  • Garry_Owen

    He’s just sayin’, boys.

  • Return of the (Alex) Mack

    I’d take that over (insert any Browns QB since 99 here) any day

  • FearTheRoo

    Exactly. The Browns have managed to look halfway decent with below-average QB’s this season in Campbell and Hoyer. Even signing a mediocre QB would be an upgrade.

  • WFNY_DP

    But, does signing an older quarterback with a significant injury history behind our o-line make sense? That’s really all I was saying. If Cutler was 100% healthy and we could guarantee he’d stay that way, sure why not? But, is it worth it to pay his price tag knowing there’s a very strong chance he’s not going to be able to play a whole season without getting hurt?