Josh McCown has spent a large portion of his career as insurance, protection behind a starter. So he had a good chuckle on Monday at the notion that suddenly the Bears are bringing in quarterback depth to protect him.
With Matt Blanchard out after fracturing a knuckle on his non-throwing hand, the Bears signed Trent Edwards and Jordan Palmer. In the process they have set the stage for keeping three rather than two quarterbacks on their final roster.
“If something would happen to Jordan as the third, we still would have wanted to protect Josh,” said coach Marc Trestman. “So that’s the reason why we’ve got two quarterbacks coming in….
“Depending on Matt’s situation, we’ll have to make a determination whether we’ll have three or possibly four on the roster, more likely three, and that could involve one of those two guys certainly at this point.”
McCown will play in the third quarter at Oakland and Palmer the fourth. The following week vs. Cleveland, neither McCown nor Jay Cutler will play, giving Edwards and Palmer a chance to earn a job here or elsewhere via their performances.
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That requires a different mindset from simply getting the offense into the end zone.
“You have to think about each individual drive,” Palmer said. “I’m throwing to guys I don’t know, taking snaps from guys I don’t know, playing against guys I don’t know and in an offense I don’t really know.
“How do you find completions? It’s not about throwing touchdowns, it’s not about not throwing picks, it’s about finding completions, and that is literally it.”