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Veteran McCown states his case to join Bears

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Josh McCown is 30 years old, and he hasn't started a game since 2007. So he doesn't exactly have a ton of options, which is why he's lobbying for a chance to back up starting Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

"I understand right now there's not anybody beating down my door to be a starter," McCown told "So understanding that, where do you go to be in a great situation where you are a backup? For me, in Mike Martz's offense and where I'm at in my career, I feel comfortable with [coming to Chicago]. The fact that Jay is there doesn't affect me at all, and probably gets me more excited because you get to work with a guy that talented, and hopefully help the coaches get the best out of him.

"The commitment they have to Jay, there's nothing you can do coming in to get on the field. So for me, my motivation would be to come in and help him be the best he can be, but also get myself ready so if anything happens to Jay, I would be able to help the team win games."

That McCown worked with Mike Martz in Detroit in 2006 certainly doesn't hurt him.

"Early on [in Detroit] it was tough because Mike was very hard and very demanding on younger quarterbacks, and the volume of the system was very demanding for me," McCown told "When we started to install things, you started to see the system take shape and how everything was coming to fruition and man, it was fun."

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This wouldn't necessarily be a bad signing, but it would likely spell the end of Hanie in Chicago. I don't think they would release Lefevour right out of the gate. Martz will use him as his pet project to play with. Whether that is a good or bad thing is another matter. McCown knows the Martz playbook, and has some starting experience, so the game will not be too big or too fast for him, both considerations for Lefevour and Hanie, since neither have started a game in the NFL.

McCown is (or at least was) pretty mobile, and should be able to utilize the play action game, assuming Martz uses it.

I would like to see them at least bring him in for a workout. It doesn't hurt to kick the tires on a guy who is still pretty young for a QB, and will be relatively inexpensive. I feel like we are in the same boat as the Pats and Colts, where if their starting QB goes down, we are pretty well hosed. Hanie may be pretty decent, but the truth is we have no idea whether he can do it against starters for any length of time. He could be the next big surprise as a QB, or the latest disappointment. When you don't know the answer, you have to either a)figure it out by giving him some time with the 1s in preseason, or b) make other plans.

why they signed leflour makes little sense now with all this talk of a need for a backup.. if they do sign McCown ( would rather have kitna) basenez is toast.. somehow they need to know about hanie and that would be difficult knowing cutler is pretty tough when it comes to durability..

Still feel the bears need to look hard at hanie but then again thats why they have martz..he may have the final say when it comes to the future of hanie..

I still like Hanie and think he has way more upside than McCown. With a great mentor like Martz, Hanie could develop into a pretty good QB. He is accurate, smart, and sees the field well. I really liked his decision making skills on the field the few times he saw action. That, to me, is his weakness right now. He just hasn't had much of an opportunity and lacks the much needed experience. Sure McCown wins that battle, but if Martz can get Hanie some action when Cutler isn’t needed, than he could have a nice backup in the making. McCown isn’t a backup for a reason. I say stay with Hanie.

As long as it's not Cade Mcnown...Really, I'm not impressed with Josh either.

Hey Angelo!

Pick up St.Pierre!!!!

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