"There wasn't a real reason (given), but it is what it is," Stewart said of the Bears' decision to start their first-round draft pick for the remainder of the season. "I'm 31 years old. I'm a grown man. I don't need you to hold my hand and give me a lollypop and tell me what's going on. You make a decision for whatever reason, and situations like this are kind of tough.
"It kind of makes you wonder what the heck you're doing here when you got another quarterback going in (Chris Chandler), and then all of a sudden you've got a rookie playing. The only thing you can do is sit back and just keep playing because I am the second guy on the charts. You just kind of roll with the punches because if I sit here and try to think about it, I'll get real dizzy. I'll need a bag of extra strength Advil to keep my headache down and keep my mind right. I don't have time to be worrying about what they're trying to do and where they're going with it."
Stewart knows that whatever direction the Bears go in next season, he may not be along for the ride.
"My future here?" he said. "I don't know. My future as a quarterback in the NFL? I will be playing quarterback again. That's a promise. I can guarantee you that. Right now this is the situation, and the hand that's been dealt. It's unfortunate I had more hearts in my hand than I had spades and jokers. I just have to wait until the opportunity comes again. It may not be here, it may be somewhere else, but it will happen again, I can promise you that."