Bears coach Lovie Smith was impressed enough with 32-year-old veteran Josh McCown that he would consider bringing him back in 2012.
McCown, who signed a one-year contract, completed 19 of 28 passes for 242 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
"I think everything you do, you have to look at the performance, and the performance that Josh put in last night was impressive," Smith said. "That's why we can get so much done this week. We want to see him have an opportunity to come back and play again this coming week. But you normally can find a spot for a player who played the way he played last night."
The Bears have been officially eliminated from the postseason. But Smith said his plan is to field players who can win the finale against the Minnesota Vikings.
Asked about playing rookie Nathan Enderle, Smith said, "It's not a tryout period for us.
"We're gonna go with the quarterback that gives us the best opportunity to win, period, and that's Josh. So Nathan will have his time. He's a good quarterback for the future. But that future isn't now."
Smith said not trying to win Sunday's game wouldn't be fair to other players.
"Others may do it differently. But for us, [it would] be pretty hard to tell the rest of the guys, 'Hey we've got a tryout period going here. We don't really care if we win. We just want to see this guy play.' Nah, we won't do it that way," Smith said. "Every time we go out with the same purpose, and that's trying to win the football game. That's the approach we'll take this week."
Smith said Jay Cutler is getting pins removed from his right thumb Tuesday. But he suggested that Cutler wouldn't play Sunday.
"If they're healthy and ready to go, we won't tell them no. But there are some other guys we feel comfortable playing," Smith said, speaking of Cutler and running back Matt Forte. "They're making progress but if we had other things on the line, we would take the same approach. We would never stop a player that wanted to play who was healthy and really ready to go, but I don't know if that'll be the case."
But Smith downplayed that McCown could have played this well earlier, since Caleb Hanie was 0-4 as a starter.
"We felt like the time for Josh to play was last night. We were giving him an opportunity to catch up a little bit. He'd been out of football," Smith said. "When a guy plays the way he did last night, you can always say that. But there was nothing... to me we followed the proper course to get him out there on the football team."
Asked what impressed him most, Smith said, "I think just about everything he did.
"First off, it's your first start and you haven't played in a long time. You haven't been around very long as far as playing with your teammates, the receivers; just getting the ball from a different center. All of those things. But then the magnitude of the game; primetime, only one game, and playing against the Super Bowl champion as much as anything. The Packers are the best team in the league. And to go against them...just felt like he belonged right away.
"He had a couple of bad plays where he had to fight through adversity. But he did. Just his control throughout the game, and then to see him get more and more confidence. As I said at the end of making plays, knowing when to take off and run with the ball, knowing when to scramble around and make throws. You had to be impressed with everything he did."