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Bears have been pushed to seek out the former QB starter as the next head coach

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Chicago Bears fans remember Josh McCown well. He only spent two seasons with the team, but he gave former starter Jay Cutler a run for his money in that span.

Many thought he should have been named a starter over Cutler in the 2013 season when McCown filled in for the Bears’ injured starter. McCown surpassed Cutler that season in completion percentage, average yards per game, average yards per attempt, and NFL passer efficiency rating, but when Cutler returned from his groin injury, then-Bears coach Marc Trestman benched McCown.

The journeyman QB finished this season with a 13-1 touchdown interception ratio for the Bears as an occasional starter, and he played in 102 games over the course of his NFL career, retiring after the 2020 season.

With the Bears in the market for new leadership following the firing of former coach Matt Nagy and McCown no longer active in the league, a Bears analyst is pushing Chicago, the ex-QB, for an interview for the vacant coaching position admit.

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The Athletic’s Jon Greenberg urged the Bears to invite McCown for an interview, adding the Bears should seek the thoughts and opinions of established alumni when making certain football decisions.

“I would contact Earl Bennett, the Bears’ former receiver, who received his Ph.D. in training and working for his alma mater Vanderbilt’s football team,” Greenberg wrote on Jan. 11, adding:

“Earl is extremely smart and I know he is concerned about his experience with the bears. I’d also call out Josh McCown, who was so popular in Lake Forest that he positively influenced the life of well-known curmudgeon Jay Cutler. On that note, I would even give McCown a head coaching interview just to hear what he has to say. Most people think McCown is going to be a coach in the NFL in the near future, why not Chicago?

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The Houston Texans were rumored to be interested in McCown as a coach last year, but that never materialized. However, the recently retired QB noted that he sees the profession in his near future.

“I think so,” McCown said of his interest in coaching in November 2020 via ESPN’s Sarah Barshop, adding:

“If you had asked me that 10 years ago I would have said no, it’s not what I want to do at this level. My dream after college, when I wasn’t able to play in the NFL, was to coach high school football… I really thought that was going to be my path. But the longer I’ve been in this game and with these guys, I see real value in being part of an organization and competing at the highest level. … Yeah, one day, whenever that happens, whenever I finally take those cleats off, I definitely see that in the future.”

The cleats are finally off after his 18 years in the NFL, but is he what the Bears need right now? While it’s an interesting idea, a first-time head coach may not be the best way to jump-start a struggling organization. Young QB Justin Fields will need all the help he can get to further his development and coaches with experience seem more ideal for Chicago.

It might still be worth a call, though, as McCown was highly respected and universally popular wherever he played. Perhaps he would be interested in starting out as a QBs coach.

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