Brought back to the team in November after being released at the end of the preseason, McCown didn't play a down last season. But in 2011, McCown started two games and completed 35-of-55 passes for 414 yards, 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
McCown took over in 2011 for an ineffective Caleb Hanie, who was filling in for an injured Cutler, and led the Bears to a 1-1 record, including a 17-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the season finale.
McCown's familiarity with the personnel and rapport with Cutler played a key role in the club bringing back the quarterback, who has started 33 of 50 NFL games in nine seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2002-05), Detroit Lions (2006), Oakland Raiders (2007), Carolina Panthers (2008, 2009), along with the Bears (2011, 2012).
According to sources, McCown served as somewhat of a liaison between Cutler and the coaching staff last season. Cutler expressed disappointment when the Bears cut McCown the day after the preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns.
McCown has completed 645 of 1,113 passes in his career for 6,998 yards, 37 touchdowns and 44 interceptions, with an overall passer rating of 71.2.