The Bears will have Jordan Palmer come off the bench first after starter Jay Cutler finishes his work on Friday against the Seattle Seahawks. Palmer was first-alternate in the preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jimmy Clausen, who succeeded Cutler against the Jacksonville Jaguars, is expected to see action in the fourth quarter. All playing time is subject to change based on the flow of the game, with Cutler currently slated to play into the second quarter, possibly into the third quarter.
The rotation is in sync with the plan to have Clausen start game four in Cleveland, with Palmer next up and the result resolving the situation at No. 2 quarterback after the preseason finale.
“We'll continue to rotate these guys around,” said head coach Marc Trestman. “We've got another week after this one and that's the way we'll operate this week.”
Clausen may hold an unofficial edge in the competition between the two, but it is not there in simple statistics. Palmer has completed 70 percent of his passes and posted a 93.1 passer rating with a TD and INT. Clausen has a rating of 100.9 by virtue of two TDs vs. one INT but has a completion percentage of 64.3, lowest among the Bears’ four quarterbacks.
The fact that Clausen has played to the level he has is perhaps enhanced further by the fact that he was signed only weeks before training camp and has had the least experience in the system among all the quarterbacks.
“The biggest thing for me is getting plays in and out,” Clausen said. “I feel great. I feel like I’ve come a long ways having been here only a few weeks during OTAs and training camp. I feel really comfortable with the offense and just trying to go out every day and work.”