No way the Bears didn’t know who their third-string QB was Sunday

SHARE No way the Bears didn’t know who their third-string QB was Sunday

The Bears say they didn’t know who their quarterback would have been had Jimmy Clausen gotten hurt Sunday in relief of Jay Cutler, injured earlier in the game.

That’s almost impossible to believe.

This is a league in which every detail is studied as if it holds the key to the universe. It’s a league in which coaches cover their mouths on the sideline so opponents can’t read their lips. It’s a league in which coaches work 18 hours a day.

Now, who was the Bears’ third-string quarterback Sunday?

“That’s a good question,’’ coach John Fox said after the game. “I’ll get back to you.’’

Clausen got the same question.

“I couldn’t go down,’’ he said.

The Bears’ real third-string quarterback, David Fales, is on the practice squad and wasn’t eligible to play against Arizona. They probably would have turned to tight end Zach Miller, who played quarterback at Nebraska-Omaha, or wide receiver Cameron Meredith, who played quarterback at Illinois State.

NFL coaching staffs are prepared for any contingency, whether it be a safety blitz or a meteor strike.

Either the Bears didn’t want to share their top-secret strategy or they couldn’t bear the thought of a tight end at quarterback. But unprepared? No way.

The Latest
Third baseman Patrick Wisdom’s eighth-inning flyout had an exit velocity of 111 mph and would have been a homer in 20 MLB ballparks, according to Baseball Savant.
U.S. District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber, who died Tuesday, taught a one-man master class in life. A man of reason, a man in full, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather. A golfer, a raconteur, an intellectual who loved people, a teller of tall — but true — tales.
The week-long process begins Monday, when hopefuls can start turning in to Chicago election officials the minimum 1,000 signatures needed from residents who support their candidacy in one of 10 districts. The races will shape up by the June 24 deadline.
The final straw for Ald. David Moore and his constituents was the killing Sunday night of 18-year-old Trinity Boswell.
A total of $364 million is earmarked for Interstate 55 upgrades on 49 bridges from Wolf Road to the Chinatown feeder ramp, highlighted by full rebuilds of the Harlem and Cicero Avenue interchanges that are among the busiest in the state.