Chicago Bears legend Brian Urlacher believes Josh McCown has earned the right to remain the starting quarterback.
The 34-year-old journeyman has impressed since replacing the injured Jay Cutler at Soldier Field, throwing 13 touchdowns and just one interception in seven appearances this season.
But, with Cutler set to return from injury this weekend, a change is expected to be made ahead of the clash with the Cleveland Browns.
Urlacher, who spent 12-years with the Bears, isn’t comfortable with the decision, and believes McCown deserves to continue after an impressive display against the Dallas Cowboys last weekend.
"It's going to be awfully hard to take Josh out of there right now the way he's playing. In my opinion, he should be the guy. He should be the starting quarterback for the Bears, even if Jay Cutler is healthy,” he told Fox Football Daily.
“You can't take a guy who's this hot out of the football game. If I was on that team, I would have a hard time with them taking him out."
There is history between Urlacher and Cutler, who played together during the future Hall-of-Famer’s final four years with the franchise.
Indeed, the pair once had a fight in practice, and Cutler was the only former teammate of the linebacker who didn’t ring him following his retirement from the game.
"Well, I did not hear from Jay, out of all the guys I played with, but that's just -- maybe we weren't as close as ... we could have been," he previously told ESPN.com.
That’s unlikely to be motivating Urlacher’s comments however, and there are plenty of examples of other replacements who have managed to make the position their own in the NFL.
Colin Kaepernick and Nick Foles are two recent examples, and McCown will hope he gets the chance to follow in their footsteps.