The closest thing the Bears have had to a true quarterback controversy over the past decade was whether Josh McCown should remain the starter last year when Jay Cutler was deemed ready to come back from groin and ankle injuries. And that was a controversy only outside Halas Hall; McCown and the organization were more than clear that Cutler was the starter.
The issue now is who between Jimmy Clausen and Jordan Palmer will be McCown to the Bears’ 2014 Cutler. Palmer played his way onto the Bears’ personnel Rolodex during last preseason when he outplayed Trent Edwards in a short stint, earning a call to come back as insurance when Cutler was injured.
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Palmer was the presumptive No. 2 after the Bears’ moved to re-sign him before the start of free agency. But after Palmer’s minor pectoral injury and unspectacular offseason work, the Bears signed Clausen in June. Now the competition moves onto the field.
Clausen posted a team-high 91.3 passer rating in the 2012 preseason with Carolina and then a modest 68.3 in 2013, although better than starter Cam Newton. Despite the shortest time of any of the quarterbacks in the Marc Trestman offense, “I feel great,” Clausen said. “I feel like I know the system, not to where I want to know it a year down the road, but I feel confident executing what the coaches call.”