According to Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago, the Chicago Bears are not only planning to place a waiver claim on Kyle Orton, but they are also looking into former Arizona Cardinals QB Josh McCown. Head Coach Lovie Smith expressed on Monday the Bears' interest in adding a veteran QB now that Jay Cutler is out for six to eight weeks, and McCown has some familiarity with the Mike Martz offense after spending one year in Detroit with Martz.
The connection was something that McCown talked about as well:
"Mike was very hard and very demanding on younger quarterbacks," McCown said of his days in Detroit. "When we started to install things, you started to see the system take shape; how everything was coming to fruition. Man, it was fun. It was a good experience. It's funny. Even now I'll pull things from what I learned from Martz a few years ago. As you go along, you're kind of starved to get pushed mentally. You really enjoy it the older you get."
It appears that Kyle Orton is the preferred veteran for the Bears, but if they are jumped in the waiver process then perhaps McCown would be a nice consolation prize.
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