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.
— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) December 12, 2013
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.