Chandler's job to lose

There aren't many things that the Bears coaching staff seems to be sure of, but <!--Default NodeId For Dick Jauron is 834622,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:834622]>Dick Jauron</A> finally decided on a starting quarterback and it's not because of injury. At least according to Jauron.

It took a week for Jauron to admit something most new when the Bears inserted Chris Chandler into the starting lineup.

"The question is did we make the change because of injury? No, the change was made because Chris should have the chance to play our quarterback position," Jauron said.

However Kordell Stewart has a different version of the story.

"Over my career, I've proven myself. Being in this offense for five weeks, that's a short period of time," Stewart said. "And the only reason I'm not in there, for the most part, in my opinion, is because of my injury."

Granted Stewart may be right about needing more time to adapt to the offense, but the time that happens the Bears could have reached double-digit loses. In the meantime he's a proud player that is having trying dealing with the demotion after coming to Chicago in search of a fresh start.

It has been a worse case scenario for Stewart. Poor play, mounting losses compiled with a mysterious leg ailment that forced him to miss a game because of an injury for the first time in his nine-year career.

Although the injury doesn't have anything to do with Jauron's decision in terms of the starting quarterback, Stewart is still listed as questionable meaning Rex Grossman could be Chandler's backup.

"Kordell will be our second or our third we have to wait and see how he progresses through the week physically," Jauron said. "He practiced some today but he only took part in individual drills. Hopefully he'll be OK as the week goes on."

Dubbed out
Stewart is not the only player being demoted. R.W. McQuarters has been moved from the starting lineup to the nickel back. Jerry Azumah, who made the same move three weeks ago, will replace McQuarters and play along side Charles Tillman.

McQuarters had a horrible game against Seattle in which he directly contributed to 17 of the Seahawks 24 points. He was called for pass interference in the end zone to set up Shaun Alexander's one-yard TD run early in the second quarter and was beaten for a touchdown by former Bears receiver Bobby Engram--the first TD pass Engram has caught since 1999. To make matters worse, McQuarters muffed a punt in the third quarter that put the Bears inside their own 10. The ensuing punt set the Seahawks up in great field position and led to a field goal.

While McQuarters will still return punts, more teams use three receiver sets so he will still see the field a lot. But it's definitely an indictment of McQuarters to be demoted considering he signed a five-year, $21 million deal with a $6 million bonus after watching him produce a career-high 21 pass defenses and lead the secondary with 89 tackles in 2001.

"In this business you don't get paid to play, you get paid to win," McQuarters said. "Right now we're 1-5. They've made some changes, so hopefully it all works out for the best."

Walking wounded
The Bears have ten players listed on the injury report, all of which are questionable. Marty Booker (ankle), Desmond Clark (ankle), Phillip Daniels (ankle), Mike Green (groin), Warrick Holdman (ankle), Ahmad Merritt (neck), Adrian Peterson (ankle), Stewart (leg), Anthony Thomas (foot) and Keith Traylor (knee).

Of the large group only Stewart and Traylor were able to practice Thursday.

Roster move
The Bears waived (failed physical) TE John Davis Tuesday. Davis was placed on the Bears Physically Unable to Perform list on Aug. 24. The 6-4, 265 pounder out of Emporia State played two seasons in Chicago after a season in Minnesota and a three-year stint at Tampa Bay. Davis had 31 receptions for 261 yards and three touchdowns for the Bears including a career high 20 catches in 2002 despite missing six games due to injury.

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