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McCown showed Bears he can lead this offense

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  • Bears quarterback Josh McCown, with help from running back Matt Forte, led the offense to 24 point points against Washington in the second half of Sunday's 45-41 loss.

    Bears quarterback Josh McCown, with help from running back Matt Forte, led the offense to 24 point points against Washington in the second half of Sunday's 45-41 loss.
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LAS VEGAS -- The Chicago Bears may not have another "elite" backup quarterback, but 24 points scored Sunday with Josh McCown taking snaps against Washington showed enough to make people notice.

I understand things fell into place and running back Matt Forte played a huge part in this game with 3 touchdowns on 16 carries and 91 yards.

But "Big Game Josh" managed to put together an Alex Smith-like game. He made big plays by keeping things simple, and his leadership was evident on the field and on the sidelines. He played clean with no mistakes, and I could relax while watching him with the ball.

And it certainly didn't hurt that Washington's defense was absolutely brutal.

With starting quarterback Jay Cutler now out with a groin injury, Bears coach Marc Trestman can use the bye week for some extra time to work with McCown. At least the Bears have someone halfway decent who should be ready to go at Green Bay on Nov. 4 -- Big Game Josh!

The wait at Wrigley:

So can someone explain what the Chicago Cubs are doing?

I'm hearing they are looking for this kind of coach and that kind of coach and a coach that talks this way and another that talks that way.

And all of this is coming before they have selected a new manager, so the new guy won't be allowed to bring his own guys to help him with this inept team.

Didn't Cubs president Theo Epstein bring some of his people when he came to Chicago, and isn't that the right way to go?

If Joe Girardi had taken this job, would he have been allowed to choose his staff? If not, it makes even more sense why established winners like Girardi would run the other way when offered the head job with the Cubs.

Honestly, it is a great job but whoever gets it will need to be yes man, especially when it comes to his staff.

When Tony LaRussa went to the St. Louis Cardinals, he brought Dave Duncan, Dave McKay and later on Rick Honeycutt. It will be interesting to see who gets the Cubs job, but he better watch his back because some of Theo's guys will be on his coaching staff.

Picture this:

I was in Los Angeles last week hosting the Jay Mohr show for Fox Sports radio. I stepped out of the studio at one point, and lo and behold walked into Rush Limbaugh in the hall. Whether you like the guy or not, he's been a big power in the radio business.

I talked for a few minutes with him and then, as I started walking back, I bumped into bass guitarist Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue.

Talk about opposites!

I took a picture with Sixx and my wife, Be-Be. Check it out on our website at

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