Why the run on QB's?

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  1. Bearstuff

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    Hub Arkush: Why the run on QBs for Bears?
    By HUB ARKUSH - harkush@shawmedia.com - Sunday, August 18, 2013 7:07 p.m. CDT
    Eagles quarterback Trent Edwards catches a ball during a preseason practice last year in Philadelphia. The Bears signed Edwards on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum)
    When Matt Blanchard fractured a knuckle on his non-throwing hand in the Bears' exhibition game against the Chargers on Thursday, it was clear the Bears would have to add another quarterback to complete the preseason.
    The question was whether they would bring in another young developmental player to take third team snaps and possibly earn himself a spot on the practice squad or go for a veteran who might pick things up more quickly and hope to strike lightning in a bottle and force the Bears to carry a third QB.
    That assumes of course the Bears weren't already planning on carrying three QBs. When they quickly moved to sign veteran Jordan Palmer it was fair to assume they wanted someone with the experience to grasp at least parts of their offense more quickly and give all of the other players on offense battling for roster spots the best chance to show what they could do.
    While it seemed unlikely Palmer would come to Chicago without some assurance he'd be given a reasonable chance to make the club – NFL players receive a small per diem during training camp and only begin to earn their salary if they make the regular-season roster – it is possible Palmer was happy for the chance to get some more tape and let the other 31 clubs know he's ready and available, as well.
    But when the Bears moved Sunday to add a fourth veteran quarterback in Trent Edwards, it became difficult to believe the Bears won't carry three into the regular season. More NFL clubs than not carry three and even before Blanchard's injury, many analysts and insiders wondered whether the Bears could afford to go to camp without a better backup plan for Jay Cutler than Josh McCown.
    We do not know yet how long the Bears expect Blanchard to be out, but it seems unlikely they'd carry him on the final 53-man roster. They can place him on injured reserve and protect their rights to him for another season, or they could work out an injury settlement with him and release him. They might even make an injury settlement and then when he is ready to play again re-sign him to the practice squad.
    Neither Palmer nor Edwards is eligible for the practice squad. Cutler and McCown are likely to play almost all of the important third exhibition game, and McCown should see some action in the final exhibition. The Bears were fine with three quarterbacks before the Blanchard injury, so they clearly don't need four now to get through the preseason.

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    http://www.hubarkush.com/2013/08/18/hub-arkush-why-the-run-on-qbs-for-bears/bd13qa8/
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    Interesting take on the moves. I stick to my thoughts that McCown isn't what the team wanted long term, and that Edwards can do the same or better.
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    I think Palme/Edwards are to make sure Cutler/McCown remain healthy. If they wanted a developmental guy, well unless a broken off hand ruins Blanchard, they already have one.

    I could only hope that one is able to play better then McCown though, that PS wk 2 game was a joke by McCown...how the hell does an old slow qb run for more yards then he throws?
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    IMO ,...More than likely McPoop is history and the rest of it ,.. a good ole fashioned ruse

    AND Coach Ernie is doing his imitation of himself being hired
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