Josh McCown is the quintessential backup quarterback

josh-mccownWhile other teams are falling out of the playoff race because they are force to play their backup quarterback, the Chicago Bears remain steady. At 6-4, the Bears are tied for the NFC North division lead and are in the hunt for a Wildcard berth if a division title isn’t in the cards. A big reason for this is the play of backup quarterback Josh McCown.

McCown isn’t lighting the world on fire a la Nick Foles, but he’s been steady. In four games of fill-in duty for Jay Cutler, McCown has thrown 5 TDs and 0 INTs while helping the Bears to a 2-2 record.

And while McCown’s play is enough for some to proclaim that he deserves to be the starter, McCown disagree, at least publicly.

Here’s what McCown had to say after the game on whether he is starting to feel like he’s the starter:

“No. I have said this over and over again – I’m the backup quarterback on this team. The way that I serve my team is to play when the starter is not healthy. Jay is our starting quarterback, there is no doubt about that. So for me, I need to serve our team, in my role. Hopefully whenever Jay is healthy, we are still in a position to get everything we want to get accomplished and done when he takes back over. That’s my mindset. That’s what we want to do as an entire team. Jay is not the only one hurt – Lance Briggs is out, Charles Tillman is out. Zack Bowman is serving our team the way he plays. Jon Bostic is stepping up. These guys that are stepping up – it’s not just me. So it’s our mindset to just do your job, next man up.”

Playing like a starting NFL quarterback while keeping the mindset of a backup NFL quarterback. Every backup quarterback in the league can learn a few things from Josh McCown.

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