For McCown, success is in details

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm •  Published: November 21, 2013

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — To Josh McCown, this recent success is all in the details.

Unable to sustain it early in his career, the veteran quarterback is making the most of his chance with the Bears filling in for the injured Jay Cutler.

He's 2-0 as a starter heading into this weekend's game at St. Louis, and McCown's strong play over four appearances is one reason why the Bears have stayed in playoff contention.

They're tied with Detroit for the NFC North lead at 6-4 despite injuries to key players on offense and defense. McCown is making the most of his opportunity, something he didn't necessarily do in the past.

"When I was younger, I didn't do some of the things I do now to help myself," McCown said Thursday. "I think that's part of the learning process. I'm sure everybody in here has those if-I-knew-then-what-I-know-now moments. And certainly, I feel that way but thankful to have the opportunity to kind of exorcise some of that and take some of these things I've learned and put them into practice."

At 34, McCown is at least enjoying a sort of rebirth if not playing the best ball of his career. After all, he has a 100 rating with five touchdowns and no turnovers .

It's not the first time he's gotten an extended look. McCown started 13 games for Arizona in 2004 with a young Anquan Boldin and rookie Larry Fitzgerald as his top targets but saw his role diminish.

He was coaching high school football when the Bears signed him 2011 after Cutler suffered a season-ending thumb injury. He made two starts after Caleb Hanie struggled, got released by Chicago in August 2012 after re-signing five months earlier and rejoined the Bears last November.

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