Originally written on NBC Chicago  |  Last updated 12/21/11

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 12: Quarterback Josh McCown #12 of the Arizona Cardinals rows a pass agaisnt the San Francisco 49ers on December 12, 2004 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The 49ers won in overtime 31-28. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
The Josh McCown era has officially begun. Say a prayer. The Bears named the man who was coaching high school football just a few months ago as their starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Packers. He is replacing Caleb Hanie, who has earned a quarterback rating of 41.8 in four starts. For McCown, the opportunity to compete again is a dream come true. "Never thought it would go down this road. This is another opportunity to come out and compete. You can't be anything but excited," McCown said at a press conference at Halas Hall. Despite his optimism, McCown is realistic about the challenge before him: First start in years. Against Green Bay. On national television. On Christmas. "It's not ideal for anybody in any offense to come in this late," he said. "But at the same time, as a competitor, you understand where the other guys are at and you've got to get ready and go out and play well." McCown played for Mike Martz in Detroit, but he is still is learning the Bear...
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