Read here – safety Jerron McMillan cut today. I can’t defend his play this year because he has not been good. He probably did need to be cut or benched at least. But the timing of this is interesting. As I just told a friend, I feel a bit trapped between feeling like “yes, this team needs to start taking concrete actions to turn this around – enough talk”. And this would qualify certainly as a concrete action. At the same time though, Jerron McMillan is definitely not the biggest problem with this horrible defense. The scheme/strategy/in-game defensive playcalling is far more responsible for the embarrassing defensive performances in recent weeks. And I happen to think the atrocious linebacker play is a major reason we can’t stop anyone. Yet we have no idea what Capers/MM/TT are doing scheme-wise/strategy-wise to adjust. They’ve clearly done nothing of substance since the Bears game.
The whole situation is a mess and I continue to really struggle with the fact that the Bears have managed to win at least 2 of 5 games with a backup (and without their best defensive player in Briggs). The Packers meanwhile, are just 0-4-1. Backup QB Josh McCown is actually outplaying Jay Cutler by a huge margin and Cutler hadn’t had a bad season before his injury. (McCown’s QB rating is 103.) Sure part of all of this is unlucky for the Packers, but clearly Marc Trestman and his staff worked extensively with McCown to bring him up to speed and make sure he was game ready. McCown/Trestman have handled that situation a million times better than how McCarthy and his brood of underperformers have. (And importantly, offense hasn’t been the reason the Bears have lost 3 of 5.)
But I have actually had concerns about TT’s handling of the backup QB position for years now. Yes, I too started to believe that we were OK when we all thought there was some magic in McCarthy’s QB school. But I think there are a lot of us who are realizing that just wasn’t what it was cracked up to be. Who have we produced as a backup that has gone on to do legit things in the NFL? Nobody. I remember back when Brian Brohm was anointed the backup QB. That guy was so terrible it was simply shocking he was even in the NFL (much less that he was drafted in the second round). He was the slowest QB I’ve ever seen…including Dan Marino and Lynn Dickey (at least they could throw). I remember at that time advocating for Duante Culpepper as backup – against every fiber of my being – only because I knew if Rodgers went down we’d have zero chance with Brohm. While I can admit Culpepper may not have been a great answer, Brohm certainly went on to prove he had no game…getting cut by the Packers and then fizzling out quickly in Buffalo. Bottom line is that this whole situation reminds me of a company that has no contingency plan/no disaster plan – and perhaps most concerning, a very limited ability to make adjustments to right the ship. It’s just not good business.