After Sunday night’s game, many Bears fans had to be worried about Jay Cutler and his concussion. Instant flashbacks to last year when he broke his thumb and had to miss the rest of the year had to be going off in their heads nonstop. That being said, this season and this injury is different. While Cutler had to miss almost half of a season last year, this year his absence can be limited to one (if any) games. Cutler is reportedly feeling better already and the fact that the Bears do not play until Monday could give him enough recovery time to play. Even if he doesn’t, Jason Campbell is not the end of the world, or worse, the end of the Bears’ season.
Campbell has shown over several years in the NFL that he is a capable NFL quarterback. He played on many bad Redskins teams, but the talent around him was often lacking and his production suffered as a result. In his limited stint with the Oakland Raiders, he played well enough to make people upset when they traded for Carson Palmer and essentially sent him packing. While I’m sure Bears fans would be thrilled to see Jay Cutler back on the field on Monday, they should not fret if they see Campbell play instead. If Bears fans are upset with how he played against the Texans, it is important to remind them that Jay Cutler was 7-14 for 40 yards and 2 interceptions before he got hurt. Sure, he brings a more calming influence to the game, and the Texans probably keyed off on Matt Forte more in the second half, but my point is Campbell did not play any worse. If Cutler cannot go on Monday, Bears fans should temper their expectations, but should not fear that Campbell will end their season.