By Earl Bennett
During the 2013 season, I realized the importance of knowing multiple positions. These types of things never dawned on me until we played the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.
In the second, starting quarterback Jay Cutler was injured and carted off into the locker room. Josh McCown entered the game and began to rally the troops. McCown would give us a chance to win the game, but a crushing hit that looked like it injured Josh had me on pins.
Earl why are you on pins if the backup quarterback was hurt? Well, because I was the emergency quarterback. My college stats were AMAZING. I completed 2 of 2 passes for 45 yards and one touchdown. A 100% completion rate placed me as the emergency quarterback. Plus, I knew all the plays, had a decent arm and played QB in high school.
We only dressed two quarterbacks and since Jay was already injured, if Josh went down it was my time to shine. After the devastating blow to Josh, I was called to the sideline to take snaps from Roberto Garza and given three plays.
Playing quarterback in high school was no match for preparing for the position in the NFL. Butterflies was an understatement. I was beyond nervous and was relieved when I saw Josh return to the game. I am sure the people in Chicago appreciated it too. I will say that my first play at QB would have been all verticals. I can throw it a mile, and having Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall made me confident in that play given their 50/50 (chances of catching jump ball) ball abilities. Bennett to Jeffery would have been a sleek headliner. I can assure you that I’ve dreamed about several outcomes of me at QB that game and all of them ended up with me rallying the team to victory.
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