Palmer Aims To Duplicate McCown's Success...............

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  1. soulman

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    Jordan Palmer using McCown’s same plan

    BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter May 29, 2014 10:03PM

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    Updated: May 30, 2014 2:26AM

    To unlock the secrets of Josh McCown’s unanticipated success last season, Jordan Palmer, the Bears’ new backup quarterback and right-hand man to Jay Cutler, went beyond game film. Palmer turned on practice tapes.

    That’s right, practice.

    “I watched all of last offseason,” Palmer said this week. “I watched every rep from [organized team activities] and minicamps. The biggest thing I saw that Josh did last year was he had great OTAs.”

    Palmer’s goal isn’t to be McCown — “I’m just focused on myself,” he said — but the similarities are there. He has the same approachable demeanor and comes with a coaching background (he tutored quarterbacks for the NFL draft, including No. 3 pick Blake Bortles). He’s willing to put in post-practice work with his inexperienced teammates, and there’s a connection with Cutler and coach Marc Trestman.

    And let’s be clear: Palmer wouldn’t be here if he didn’t have Cutler’s and Trestman’s confidence.
    “For me, honestly, we have such a good [quarterbacks] room,” Palmer said. “[Quarterbacks coach] Matt Cavanaugh has been in the room as a player, as a coach, as a coordinator. Jay has been doing this a long time, and Marc obviously is . . . I don’t need to say anything.

    “It’s definitely fun getting here at 6 a.m. every morning, going to meetings and trying to move the team.”

    Trestman has told Palmer that he has to compete for his spot against rookie David Fales and Jerrod Johnson. Still, Palmer remains the obvious favorite to back up Cutler, who last played a full season in 2009.

    “We’ll see how I feel down the road,” Palmer said, “but, right now, all I feel is the pressure to go in and move the team every day.’’

    Competing against Fales after working with him before the draft isn’t uncomfortable, either.
    “He’s a young player with a really bright future,” Palmer said. “It’s fun going to work every day with guys you like, and I really like him.”

    The concerns about Palmer are understandable. Palmer only has attempted 15 passes in his career, and he turned 30 on Friday. But McCown didn’t earn his newfound celebrity — one that landed him a two-year, $10 million deal from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — until thriving under Trestman in his QB-centric system. McCown had attempted only 55 passes in the NFL over a five-year span before last season.

    For Palmer, being a part of the Bears’ full offseason regimen is crucial. His first run with the Bears last year came during the third week of the preseason.

    “I missed all the foundational stuff [last year],” Palmer said. “This is why we call it this. This is how we get lined up. I just kind of prepared for games. It was great to be able to be here from Day 1.” Rejoining the Bears to back up McCown when Cutler was injured was invaluable to Palmer.

    “Josh and Jay’s relationship was so strong and they were helping each other so much, there wasn’t a need for me to weigh in on much at all,” Palmer said. “I was really just there to learn and help. . . . So here I am in the offseason, and [it’s] just the same thing, trying to the serve the guys and move the team.” Similar to McCown, Palmer appears to have won over the locker room. Running back Matt Forte jokingly called him a quarterback guru for his work with Bortles.

    “Other than the mental aspect of the game, he’s got some good physical tools out there where he can make different types of throws that are required of him,” Forte said. “[It’s] an exciting time for him to be able to step up into that role. It’s on him to see how well he does.”

    Email: ajahns@suntimes.com
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    If Palmer is able to step into that #2 role as successfully as McCown did then I'll have become a huge believer in Trestman's system and, along with Matt Cavanaugh, their ability to teach it to any QB with a decent amount of brains and talent.

    Despite the fact that were overdue to have Cutler complete a full 16 game season we all know that may not happen so Palmer's grasp of the offense and his ability to step in and play winning football are still a huge factor in how this season will turn out.

    It's nice to hear that he "gets it" as far as his role as the #2. It's a partnership with Cutler, Trestman and Cavanaugh and it has to stay that way with Palmer just as prepared to play each week as Cutler is. In effect we need two starting QBs.
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    Palmer looks like he has a stronger arm than McCown, and I hope that he can sit his ask on the bench all year.

    I really thought he could have stepped in last year if he was needed, so I'm pretty confident that he will be ready to step up this year. I know this is a puff piece, but I think we are as ready as we can be at QB.

    I will go so far as to say that I would rather have Palmer than just about any other back-up because of his knowledge of the system.
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    Knowledge of the system and an ability to partner with Cutler and be a second set of eyes and a second brain seem to be the highest traits they're looking for in a #2. That and being able to go in and play as mistake free football as possible.

    In his one preseason game last year Palmer looked good enough to handle the role physically. The rest probably comes from being around it all for 6-8 months now and absorbing what he needs to absorb. It also helps to have the offensive tools the Bears have so the burden of having to win on his own really isn't there. If the defense would have played half way decent last year McCown could have won every game he started.
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    I vouched for McCown and liked him as our backup before his great stretch in the season last year, most everyone was hating on him but I felt pretty confident. I'm cool with Palmer now as well. Neither is world class but I think both have what it takes with the talent we boast to perform well.

    Wasn't worried. Still not worried. If Cutty goes down late in the year and we're in playoffs then I'm concerned but if it's a midseason stretch I think we stay afloat.
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    I was OK with McCown too despite his inactivity for several years before he was called on to step in and he did well. Extremely well to the point that half the Bears fans wondered if we should keep him and let Cutler go. That had me rolling on the floor since many of them were the same ones who said McCown would never make it as an NFL QB or never was any good. Ya' just can't please some people no matter what right? LOL

    There are at least a dozen of more NFL teams who barely have a #1 QB good enough to win more than half their games so IMHO any team lucky enough to have two QBs capable of winning are in a minority. We were that lucky last year and I hope we luck out that same way this year. Right now there's no reason to believe Palmer isn't up to the job and it's obvious through his coaching of Bortles and Fales that he has some of those same attributes that McCown had.

    As long as Trestman, Cavanaugh and Cutler have confidence in him I can't see any reason why I or any other Bears fans shouldn't have the same. He'll have plenty to snaps in preseason so it won't be all that much longer until we find out if we're right or wrong.
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    Was not a fan of McCown, but I was wrong. He played very well when needed. But only dumb asses wanted McCown to stay and Cutler to go.
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    The town still abounds with Cutler hater's who will never be satisfied unless he wins a SB or two and then a few will still see it as something he contributed little to. Jay Cutler would have fit in better with the '80s Bears than he does today but then again he's always pissed off the press who in return take some evil joy in bad mouthing him so the sheep like fans do the same. That won't ever change.
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    If he gets his chance and succeeds .... great . But he's suspect in my book .

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