Is Slash Back?

There is serious debate whether or not <!--Default NodeId For Kordell Stewart is 664678,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:664678]>Kordell Stewart</A> will ever take another snap at quarterback for the Bears, but there might be another way he can contribute.

Would the Bears consider using Stewart as a receiver or a decoy?

"I think that Kordell would do anything to help us to win football games, but clearly he looks at himself as a quarterback," said Coach Dick Jauron. "Again because he's such an outstanding athlete, his value to a team is what we talked about before. The uncertainty in game planning for him, for an opponents defense and also the ability to use him in emergencies."

Despite partaking in drills with the receivers on Thursday the player formally known as "Slash" in his Pittsburgh days for being a hybrid of quarterback, running back and receiver rolled into one is now more worried about his well being at this point in his career.

"Slash is here, but doing those things is not part (of my game anymore). I just like to keep it going just to get my lungs open because I haven't been out there running for awhile," Stewart said. "As far as getting out there and playing receiver, I'm glad to tell you that's not happening."

Even if Stewart was interested in the move, at age 31 he isn't the athlete that burst onto the scene in the mid 90s. Getting out from the behind the pocket would open up Stewart to taking more abuse, which as become a problem behind an offensive line that allowed 18 sacks in his five starts.

The beating forced Stewart to miss his first game due to injury in his nine-year career.

"Right now it's certainly not a big issue clearly considering his health recently," Jauron said. "People are aware of his career; they've seen him do other things. So we can play on that as time goes by," Jauron said.

With Chris Chandler cementing his job as the starting quarterback and Rex Grossman preparing the backup, Stewart's chances of getting on the field behind center are diminishing.

The coaching staff has discussed using Stewart in some capacity other than quarterback, but Jauron hasn't relayed the message to the opening day starter.

The Bears are looking for any means to get something out of their $5 million investment in Stewart, who is the team's second leading rusher but has a passer rating of 56. To some degree the veteran must wish he signed elsewhere.

"I hate having this conversation about the position I'm playing," Stewart said. "I came here to play quarterback."

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