Florio: Cutler decision about getting to February for Bears

Florio: Cutler decision about getting to February for Bears
December 13, 2013, 9:30 pm
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The story in Chicago all week has been the debate regarding who the Bears should start at quarterback against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Go with the "hot hand" in Josh McCown, who just had five touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys or go back to the "franchise" guy in Jay Cutler after he was given medical clearance to play.

Everybody's opinions vary on the topic.

On Friday night, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio joined SportsTalk Live to talk about where he stands on the quarterback controversy.

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"I think from Trestman's perspective, now that I've had time to think about it, this isn't about getting to January for the Bears," Florio said. "This is about getting to February. So if you do qualify for the postseason and Jay Cutler has played three regular season games to end his run before the postseason, you're going to be better suited to win in the playoffs if you get there.

"I think this is about Jay Cutler with three games to get back to 100 percent and if he stays healthy he's more effective than Josh McCown."

The Bears need a victory to stay on pace with the Detroit Lions - who hold the NFC North tiebreaker - and can't afford a loss on Sunday.

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With the season on the line, could Cutler be on a short leash if he struggles?

Florio doesn't see that happening because it sends the wrong message if you pull Cutler for any reason other than health.

You can watch the rest of Florio's interview above, including his thoughts on what the future holds for both Cutler and McCown.