Morning Ram-blings: Cutler or McCown?

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman announced Monday afternoon that quarterback Jay Cutler would not play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

That comes as no surprise given the fact that Cutler is still recovering from a high left ankle sprain and did not play against Baltimore on Sunday. Josh McCown will fill in for a third time this season after leading the Bears to wins against the Packers and the Ravens.

In McCown's two starts, he's thrown for 488 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 91.7. Although the sample size remains small, those numbers compare favorably to the work Cutler has done to this point. In Cutler's eight starts, he threw for 1,908 yards with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions for a passer rating of 88.4.

McCown's success and, especially his ability to take care of the ball, has made him popular among Chicago followers to the point where some have begun discussing whether McCown should take over as the starter.

With that in mind, I decided to take to Twitter and pose the question to Rams fans as to which quarterback they'd rather see under center at the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday. Obviously, Cutler's injury makes for no actual decision to be made but the responses I received were plenty interesting. In fact, it was almost an even split of those wishing Cutler was playing and those preferring McCown to get the start.

Those who prefer Cutler pointed to a common theme in his play throughout his career.

I think the Rams would have got an INT or 2 from Cutler, not sure McCown will take as many risks.

The other side of the argument is the same arm that routinely has Cutler making risky throws for interceptions is also the one that can turn into big plays when he hits on them.

McCown, of course, falls somewhere in between those two extremes. He won't take as many chances which can limit the big plays for the Bears but it also cuts down on the possibility for the Rams to get some turnovers.

Ultimately, I can understand both sides of the equation but considering the state of quarterback play in the NFL right now, you'd still have to think that playing against a backup is better than a starter, even a hobbled one.


A roundup of Monday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. … In the Monday morning Ram-blings, we took a look at Brian Quick's continued development efforts along with a plethora of links from the weekend. … Next, we looked at the impending return of safety T.J. McDonald from a fractured leg and how it can help shape the future of the safety position on the roster. … Finally, it was how quarterback Kellen Clemens means more to the Rams than his numbers might indicate.


ESPN Bears reporter Michael C. Wright provides the news on Cutler's absence this week.

Wright followed with some thoughts on the Bears' quarterback situation, saying there's no burgeoning competition there.

In this week's Rookie Review, Kevin Weidl puts the spotlightInsider on Rams rookie Tavon Austin.

At stltoday.com, columnist Bernie Miklasz takes stock of where the Rams are at this point in the season and where they may be headed in the final six.

Turf Show Times notes that the Rams get a better than normal broadcast crew this week for their game against the Bears.