Josh McCown appears to be peaking at 34, which is somewhat old for a football player or most professional athletes, but Bears coach Marc Trestman has seen stranger things in his 30 years of coaching quarterbacks.
"You learn that every quarterback's on their own journey," Trestman said. "They all start at different places; they all finished in different places. Some are drafted in the first round and do well; other don't. Others are the 199th pick in the draft (Tom Brady), and they wind up winning three Super Bowls and are Hall of Famers.
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"Other guys are working in a grocery store one year (Kurt Warner), and the next year they're MVP in the Super Bowl," Trestman added.
"Another guy I coached (Steve Young) didn't start playing (a lot) until he was 29 years old, and he's in the Hall of Fame. So they all have their own way of reaching this moment."
All for one:
While, Jay Cutler has been sidelined with groin and ankle injuries he has made every effort to help McCown succeed in his place.
"He's been awesome," Trestman said. "We see it in the classrooms and our meeting rooms every day. They sit next to each other. They're always in conversation."
Cutler will offer constructive criticism as well as positive reinforcement, and their relationship is such that it's all good.
"He's very direct with him at times, and in a way that their friendship can handle," Trestman said. "If (McCown) should have taken another hitch on a throw, or if he should have moved on to another man early, Jay will be there to let him know, and Josh goes to him as well."
Offensive tackle Jordan Mills (quadriceps), defensive end Shea McClellin (hamstring), cornerback Isaiah Frey (hand) and long-snapper Patrick Mannelly (calf) went through full practices and are probable. Safety Craig Steltz (concussion) was limited and is questionable.
Quarterback Jay Cutler (ankle), linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder) and defensive tackles Stephen Paea (toe) and Jeremiah Ratliff (groin) are out, although Ratliff practiced on a limited basis Friday.
Rams starting guard Harvey Dahl (knee) is out and cornerback Cortland Finnegan (eye) is doubtful. Neither practiced for the third straight day.
Defensive tackle Tracy Robertson was elevated to the active rooster from the practice squad. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Baylor product entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Texans in 2012. He has not appeared in a regular-season game but spent the last five weeks on the Bears' practice squad.
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