Surprise Showing for Quinn

Jonathan Quinn has looked out of sorts since the Bears opened training camp, but the team's backup QB saved his best performance for the scrimmage against the Rams.

The question on Jonathan Quinn has been his accuracy and slow decision making progress.During practice he often misses his intended target or holds onto the ball so long that an opposing defense would consistently reach him before he releases the ball.

Quinn completed 7-of-8 pass attempts for 98 yards and a touchdown. Of course, he played against the Rams second string defense, which definitely played a role in his sudden success.

The Bears second string offensive line is also deep considering that Aaron Gibson, Steve Edwards and Mike Gandy combined for 46 starts for the team a year ago. Ruben Brown also worked with the group and has eight Pro Bowl appearances on his resume.

Quinn hasn't thrown a pass since 2001 and has just three career starts heading into his seventh season in the league. He would benefit from additional snaps in the preseason, but with an inexperienced starter at quarterback it could be a difficult balancing act for Lovie Smith.

"Hopefully whatever time I have I'll do good and if that's the case then that carry over mentally," Quinn said about his outlook for the exhibition season. "If you don't do so good a lot of times you're like let me get back out there, let me get another shot."

It doesn't appear the Bears are willing to go after another quarterback in the free agent market. When the Dallas Cowboys released Chad Hutchinson GM Jerry Angelo didn't have interest in pursuing a man he contemplated brining to Chicago three years ago to be the quarterback of the future.

"I really liked the way Jonathan Quinn stepped in there and led the second offense," Smith said. "I think he showed good poise in the pocket. That's our backup quarterback and we like him a lot."

Quincy Carter's recent release is shrouded in controversy, but he would be an upgrade to Quinn. However Angelo has always said he wants character guys on his team and Carter's recent actions would seem to go against that philosophy.

Obviously if Rex Grossman struggles the Bears offense is going to follow suit. The fact that Quinn knows the offense is only going to take him so far. Projected third stringer Craig Krenzel is just in the infancy of his career and is light years behind Quinn.

The Bears have started at least three quarterbacks four of the past five seasons, meaning chances are Quinn's going to have to execute under pressure and it'll be too late to make a change at that point.

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