By Paul Roumeliotis
On this week's Inside the Huddle, Michael Bush discussed his thoughts on what was on everybody's mind during Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions: Jay Cutler or Josh McCown?
Cutler injured his groin in Week 7's matchup against the Washington Redskins and was listed out for a minimum of four weeks. When Bush found out Cutler was cleared to play, it shocked him that No. 6 was back on the field one week earlier than expected.
"Yeah, I was actually surprised that (Cutler) came back soon, especially since it was like a four to six week injury," Bush said. "But Jay (Cutler) knows his body better than we do. In practice he showed no signs of being hurt and he started the game out good."
Cutler completed 21-of-40 passes and threw for 250 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Despite his decent numbers, it was clear that the quarterback was dealing with some pain throughout the game. During halftime, there wasn't much chatter about it in the locker room.
"It was kind of quiet," Bush said. "I saw him take a hit and get up limping. But he's tough, I've never questioned his toughness. Some people might, but I never have. He played through as much as he could."
Criticism arose in Chicago whether or not Cutler should have continued the game as far as he did, but Bush trusted Cutler.
"He's a competitor," Bush said. "He wanted to be in the game but I felt like if he felt like he can do it, maybe say something. He did his best. He played hard, he fought, he was encouraging on the sideline, he kept us in the game."
Cutler was pulled from the game due to an ankle injury and McCown entered on the final drive. He threw for 62 yards including a touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall.
Bush admits that the decision for which quarterback to play was hard, but understands how everything turned out.
"Josh (McCown) knows the offense well," Bush said. "He's been with us in training camp. They meet every time, meet early in the morning. He's on the side talking with the coach constantly about the plays and things like that so it's a tough call. He could have stepped in and rested Jay but Jay said that he was ready to go so you go with your gun."