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Josh McCown: “I wanted to be in Chicago”
Josh McCown was flattered that other teams were interested in him.
But the veteran quarterback only had his eyes on one club.
McCown, 33, declined to say which other teams contacted his agent. But McCown said ultimately he was encouraged by conversations he had with new Bears coach Marc Trestman and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh.
“The locker room, and the team. I enjoy working with Jay [Cutler] and listening to some of Trestman’s thoughts, and his mindset, it’s like, ‘Man, that would be a fun situation to work in.’
I think we can be successful,” McCown said.
Asked if he will back up Cutler, McCown said, “We’ll see but that’s my understanding.”
Certainly, McCown has Cutler’s stamp of approval.
“There are so many different aspects to what he brings to this team, especially for me,” Cutler told the Sun-Times late last year. “He’s been in a lot of different situations, and he’s been in the league a long time. He’s had success, he’s had down years, and he’s just a positive guy.
“It’s a grind-it-out league, and you need some optimism and some positivity, and he brings that.”
McCown is intrigued about working with Trestman, whom he was familiar with based on his background. He was especially impressed with what Trestman did in 2002 with Rich Gannon, when the Oakland Raiders reached the Super Bowl.
“That gets you excited to see the success he’s had with quarterbacks,” McCown said. “I had a lot of respect for what Rich did that year and Marc was orchestrating that and had a big part of it.
“I’m looking forward to studying and learning the playbook.”