Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been cleared to practice, leaving the starter as for Week 15 up in the air. Head Coach Marc Trestman plans to use the team walk through to determine his starter for Sunday.
After missing 4 straight games with an ankle injury, Cutler could take the field again this Sunday at Cleveland to face the Browns. Coach Trestman has reiterated multiple times that when Cutler is healthy enough to do so, he will regain the starting job despite Josh McCown’s 5 game period of domination (but with a 3-2 record).
It seems very likely that Cutler will take the field Sunday, but that may not be the best decision for the Bears at this point in time. In the last 3 games, McCown has thrown for over 1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns to only 1 interception. McCown (13 touchdowns and 1 interception) has definitely played better than Cutler (13 touchdowns and 8 interceptions), but Cutler has not lost the confidence of his teammates and coaching staff.
Whichever quarterback takes the field Sunday will be facing a stingy Cleveland pass defense allowing 222.4 passing yards per contest. Despite the tough match-up either QB will be able to use both weapons in WRs Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall to have success. Consider the Bears quarterback to be named later a middle of the pack QB1 this week.