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Warner, Angelo and brother tell why McCown will have success

Bears quarterback Josh McCown talk with coach Marc Trestman during the second half of a NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. The Redskins defeated the Bears, 45-41.
Bears quarterback Josh McCown talk with coach Marc Trestman during the second half of a NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. The Redskins defeated the Bears, 45-41.

Josh McCown’s brother, Luke, his former teammate and current NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner and his former GM Jerry Angelo explain what it takes to succeed in the starting role Monday night against the Packers, and why Josh McCown can get it done.

Step 1: Don’t try to do too much

Luke McCown: “For backups that don’t play week in and week out, when we get an opportunity to play, sometimes you try and do too much. In this case, just trust the coaches, the game plan and play in the system and let the game come to you.”

Jerry Angelo: “Josh didn’t do anything that he couldn’t do. A lot of times, you’ll see a backup quarterback come in and he’ll do things that really he can’t do. For whatever reason, things can go south real quick. Josh wasn’t like that. He wasn’t going to lose the game. There’s a lot to be said for that.”

Step 2: Know the offense and communicate it well with the staff and players

McCown: “I would say trust the offense, go through your progressions and let your feet tell you where and when to throw the ball. As long as they match up with your eyes and the progression, you’ll be fine.”

Kurt Warner: “Have lots of conversations with the play-callers, so the coaches who haven’t seen you play a lot or haven’t had a chance to have that dialogue with you get a true sense of who you are. When that play is called in the huddle, now you feel very comfortable going out and executing that instead of them calling something that worked for another quarterback and expecting you to kind of fit in the same way.”

Why Josh can do it 1: “infectious personality”

McCown: “His ability to connect with anybody from any background, any walk of life, is a gift of his. That, probably as much as anything, as much as his preparation and his ability to play, that ability to connect with the teammates that he doesn’t get to practice with every day, a situation like this, will allow him to be successful.”

Warner: “He’s a great locker room guy. He gets along with a lot of guys, great rapport, a veteran guy that stays kind of in the mix and is always talking to the guys, always talking to Jay, always talking to other players.”

Angelo: “If you’re around Josh, he’s a great guy, he’s a team player, he brings a lot of energy, not only in terms of how he approaches the game but vocally. He’s got an infectious personality, and I’m sure the players have felt that throughout.”

Why Josh can do it 2: He can play

McCown: “What stood out to me was that he stepped right in [at Washington], played at the same speed that you would expect or you would hope that he’d play at. I thought he was extremely quick with his feet and his drops, and on top of that, he was very decisive.”

Warner: “People may not know, he’s a tremendous athlete. He’s a guy who’s got a big arm, but he’s also very, very athletic. He’s a guy that can make plays with his feet and give you some plays that way that not everybody in this league can do.”

Why Josh can do it 3: He has the confidence, and that of his team

Angelo: “He does breathe confidence. The more I was around him, I became confident, and the job that he did with half the talent, I was very impressed. I could see where that mindset comes from and it is for real.”

Kevin Fishbain covers the Bears for Shaw Media and He can be reached at

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