BBAO: Bears believe in Josh McCown

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FROM THE DETROIT SUBURBS -- I'm on the ground and ready to head over to the resumption of the Detroit Lions' training camp. But first, let's consider a role reversal that suggests the NFC North is a bit head over heels at the moment.

On the day the Green Bay Packers figure to announce their signing of veteran backup quarterback Vince Young, Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com has a piece explaining why the Chicago Bears have somewhat surprisingly stuck with Josh McCown as the backup to starter Jay Cutler.

McCown has been signed the past two seasons only as an emergency backup, but the Bears didn't seek out an alternative this spring when Jason Campbell departed via free agency. According to Wright, McCown got off to a good start with coach Marc Trestman during organized team activities (OTAs) when Trestman made an impromptu visit to the team hotel. In the lobby, he found McCown leading a scheme tutorial for young players.

The big question is whether McCown could hold down the fort on the field if he has to play. McCown said he can.

"I have to," he said. "The teammates, everybody expects you to get it done. You've got to get it done. I've played, man. I've played in this league. So it's not like I'm some inexperienced guy who has never done any of this. I feel like I can go in and do the things we need to do to win ballgames, to keep the ship moving."

Continuing around the NFC North: