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McCown has also excelled in Trestman’s system, and there were at least some calls to stay with the hot hand.

Cutler insisted he’s not paying attention to that debate, saying he’s simply focusing on Cleveland. McCown provided plenty of fuel through his play even if he and Trestman did their best to squash any controversy, saying all along that the job still belonged to Cutler.

“There is not a debate in this building so that is kind of where my concern lies,” Cutler said.

If nothing else, the Bears know they can count on McCown if they need him again. Considering he was coaching high school football in North Carolina when they first signed him during the 2011 season, that’s not bad.

McCown has thrown for more than 1,800 yards and completed nearly 67 percent of his passes in seven appearances. He has 13 touchdowns and just one interception, and his performance against Dallas might have been his best.

He became the first player in franchise history with three straight 300-yard passing games, throwing for 348 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. He also ran for one, getting spun like a helicopter as he leaped into the end zone, but he’s headed back to the sideline.

“I’ll do everything I can to help him,” McCown said. “And he’s going to study, he’s going to work hard and he’s going to put himself in a position to be successful. Before he got hurt he was playing some of the best ball of his career. So there’s no reason to think that won’t continue.”

If Cutler struggles this week, could he get a quick hook?

“I wouldn’t be prepared for any of those hypotheticals,” Trestman said. “We plan on him playing and playing well and those situations come up game by game with anybody. But I wouldn’t go near that one other than the fact that I expect Jay to play efficiently and play well and that’s why he’s going to be up.”

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