It's hard not to ignore what Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown has done the past month as the team's starter. McCown, a career backup, has picked up where Jay Cutler left off, throwing 14 touchdown passes to just one interception in 2013.
Against the Dallas Cowboys last week, McCown completed 27 of 36 passes (75 percent) for 348 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions, good for a 141.9 passer rating. He also ran in a fifth touchdown.
For his efforts in Week 14, McCown has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Despite that, it appears McCown will be again relegated to backup duty once Cutler returns, which will likely be this week. Going from NFC POW to the bench is a rare occurrence in today's NFL, yet coach Marc Trestman said McCown has handled it with his trademark dignity and class.
"He is all about team. He has very little concern for his personal success. I think that's really very very evident if you get to see him and know him on a day-to-day basis," said Trestman. "Certainly I'm sure he's proud of what he's done on the field individually to help this football team. But when a player gets an award, the beauty of an award it brings everything into perspective. And you realize you don't get that award because of you, you get it because of a lot of different guys who have done their job to put you in that position. And I'm sure that's what's going through Josh's mind presently. I really stand by that."
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his third season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.