Bears Looking to Reduce Backup QBs From 4 to 3 in Mini-Camp...

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    Bears looking to narrow field at minicamp with 4 backup QBs
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    BY PATRICK FINLEY AND ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporters June 16, 2014 8:36PM

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    Chicago Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer looks to a pass during an NFL football practice in Lake Forest, Ill., Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) ORG XMIT: OTKNH143

    Updated: June 17, 2014 1:16PM


    The old saying is that teams with two starting quarterbacks really have none.
    But what happens when a team has four backups?

    The Bears have their starter locked in and locked up — Jay Cutler signed a seven-year extension in January — but are looking to replace Josh McCown as Cutler’s understudy. They likely will spend three days of mandatory minicamp, starting Tuesday, trying to whittle the number to three before
    going to Bourbonnais next month.

    Here’s a look at the four candidates:

    Jordan Palmer

    Short story: Palmer is a six-year veteran but has only 15 regular-season passes on his resume. Still, he has the most experience in the Bears’ system behind Cutler.

    Why he’ll make it: He’ll make it because his throwing arm is healthy, because he’s smart and effective in the Bears’ offense and because Cutler trusts his input.

    Why he won’t: Palmer is the clear favorite, but his strained chest muscle and shoulder might derail his chances.

    Quotable: ‘‘To be able to spend the time I did in the offseason — January, February, March — preparing for what was going to happen this year, watching every single snap that Josh [McCown] and Jay took last offseason, it’s put me in a great spot to come in here.’’


    Jimmy Clausen

    Short story: The Notre Dame alum started 10 games as a rookie for the Carolina Panthers in 2010 but never threw another regular-season pass after the team drafted Cam Newton. The Bears signed him this month after he recovered from surgery on his right shoulder.

    Why he’ll make it: He feels as healthy as he has since his last season of college, and the Bears value his arm strength, mental makeup and starting experience.

    Why he won’t: Clausen got off to a late start — he was signed only after Palmer’s injury — and has had to learn the playbook during his audition.

    Quotable: ‘‘If you’re a free agent, you’re going to be thrown into a situation where you have to learn faster to get up to speed. That’s a big challenge for me.’’


    David Fales

    Short story: The Bears’ sixth-round selection (183rd pick) was a prolific passer at San Jose State, throwing for 8,382 yards and 66 touchdowns (with 22 interceptions) in two seasons.

    Why he’ll make it: Simply put, the Bears drafted him. If Fales was worth the investment in the draft, he will continue to be worth the investment leading into the season. He might not have a big arm, but the Bears value his intelligence and accuracy.

    Why he won’t: Injuries — to himself or others — might be the only thing to keep him off the 53-man roster. The Bears prefer to keep three quarterbacks, but injuries at other positions might make it unrealistic.

    Quotable: ‘‘You have to prepare like you’re the starting quarterback, whether you’re fourth string, third string or second string.’’


    Jerrod Johnson

    Short story: The former Texas A&M star — who never has thrown a regular-season pass — spent about three weeks on the Bears’ practice squad last season before being re-signed in December.

    Why he’ll make it: Johnson has shown versatility by helping out with special-teams drills, but he needs to show consistency to beat out experienced counterparts.

    Why he won’t: The Bears have another project in Fales. Having drafted Fales, they might be predisposed to keep Fales over Johnson.

    Quotable: ‘‘I’m familiar with my surroundings. That’s huge. For a quarterback, the biggest thing is being comfortable. . . . I definitely feel I was comfortable knowing what I was getting myself into.’’
     
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    After this mini-camp it would be crazy to keep 5 QB's any longer. I agree with bringing them in to try and pick the best 3 QB's for 2014......but now is the time to pare it down by at least 1 guy. Find the guys you're taking to war this season and focus everything on them and not squandering time on 5 QB's.
     
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    Yep, not enough snaps to go around in camp and preseason with 5 unless they just tell Cutler to sit it out and you know that won't happen. This is gonna be the issue that should get the most attention in mini-camp. One of these guys will have to go and I thought Adam Jahns did a nice analysis of all four and that's about how I see them ranked at the moment.

    Palmer didn't seem to have any concerns about that muscle strain and their decision to just rest him was probably a good one. I think that unless Clausen turns into a world beater as far as picking up and operating the offense Palmer is their guy. Even if they're even Palmer will get the nod because of his relationship with Cutler just like McCown did last year when he and Palmer were fairly even throughout the preseason.

    I think bringing in Clausen was a good move and I expect him to end up as the #3 guy to start the season. He has NFL talent so his focus really needs to be on learning the offense fast and even more importantly developing a rapport with Cutler. In this case brown nosing the boss will pay some dividends and Clausen needs to realize that if he and Cutler don't get along he's gonna be out of a job very quickly. In Clausen case that could be a bigger challenge than the skills part.

    Between Fales and Johnson my guess is that it will probably be Fales with Johnson being asked to stand by. I'm sure they want to take a longer look at Fales because they did invest a draft pick in him but he's nowhere near a lock to make the team and there's always the risk that if they cut him he may be picked up on waivers before they can get him onto the PS. If they really thought Johnson was such a great developmental prospect they probably wouldn't have drafted Fales.
     
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    one of the "vets" will be gone and so will Johnson. If I had my guess it's going to be Clausen that's gone, but if Palmer's inj hampers him at all that door will swing wide open.
     
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    That's exactly how I see it going unless there's a major game-changer such as a big injury. Johnson is a goner. They're not going to keep him over their own draft pick. The only real mystery here is whether they keep Fales as a #3 or attempt to move him to the PS in which case Clausen probably sticks.
     
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    I think that will depend on just how bad Fales looks in pre season...if he looks COMPLETELY incompetent then he can probably make it to the PS, but IF he looks even okay then they'll have to keep him on the 53.
     
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    Seeing as how Cutler is batting 0.200 in terms of starting a full season since he's been here (the only time he has started all 16 games was in 2009, his first year), and with the success of McCown, i think the backup QB position is crucial to this team. I trust Emery's decision in who will remain on the team as far as QBs go
     
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    It's not a good sign when they're asking you to join the STeams while the other guys throw is it? Kinda like being the last kid picked in a sandlot BB game and then being sent to play right field.
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    It's probably gonna be more up to Trestman and Kromer and Emery shouldn't care as long as they get the best man for the job. None of them is getting paid anymore than the minimum salary based on experience so we're not overpaying. In fact even if we keep Palmer and Clausen (wonder if he's related to the pickle people) we'll still pay less for both than most #2 QBs make.

    But I'm with you. I trust their judgment and in Cutler's as well. I'm thinking he'll have a vote in this too.
     
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    I'm really curious about how this all plays out. Most NFL teams now carry only 2 quarterbacks on their rosters (I was reading about this tonight). With Cutler's injury history I could see us carrying 3. But if you carry too many in the pre-season I figure that just limits the reps that each QB gets and that can't be good.

    I had one really crazy thought. If we kept Lynch as a backup RB, he could also be a guy who could help out if we lost multiple QB's in a single year. He could be that #3 guy in an emergency. We're probably screwed if we ever get down to our third sting QB anyway. Lynch, being an RB in a Trestman offense will have to know a lot of the offense anyway due to our RB's being multi-faceted in a WCO. Just a crazy thought.
     

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