Archive for the ‘Quarterback’ Category

Bears not interested in signing another quarterback

December 7, 2011

The Bears know they need to get better play from their quarterback position. But they’re not going to send a limo into Chicago to pick up Donovan McNabb or a private jet to Mississippi for Brett Favre.

Coach Lovie Smith believes that the solution instead involves continuing to develop Caleb Hanie, rookie Nathan Enderle and recent pick-up Josh McCown while Jay Cutler recovers from thumb surgery.

Caleb Hanie looks for a receiver during Sunday’s 10-3 loss to the Chiefs at Soldier Field.

“We have our quarterbacks here now,” Smith said. “We have three of them here now and another one is rehabbing who will come back hopefully this year. Those are our quarterbacks.

“We’re going to make improvements with our group like all positions. We’re not looking on the outside. We’re not having a quarterback tryout or anything like that. These are our guys and we’re all going to get better.”

Although Hanie struggled in Sunday’s 10-3 loss to the Chiefs, the Bears believe that he gives them a better chance to win than a street free agent who would need several weeks to learn Mike Martz’s high-volume offense.

In his second NFL start, Hanie completed just 11 of 24 passes for 133 yards with three interceptions and a 23.8 passer rating against the Chiefs. But he had one touchdown pass nullified by a penalty and a second potential score turn into an interception after his perfect pass squirted through Roy Williams’ hands.

“Caleb’s our quarterback and he, like the rest of our team, didn’t play well yesterday,” Smith said. “But give us a little bit of time. There’s this week. Hopefully we’ll see some improvements this week for our football team.”

Rumor mill: Smith vehemently denied a report that surfaced over the weekend indicating that Martz would not return next season to coordinate the Bears offense.

“If there’s a change that will be made, I’ll be making it and I definitely haven’t discussed that with anyone,” Smith said. “I’m sure there are a lot of things out there that people make up. That has to be made up because nothing like that came from me. It should definitely stop right there.”

Super sub: Smith praised Craig Steltz for his performance in Sunday’s game. Filling in at strong safety after Major Wright exited with a sprained shoulder in the second quarter, Steltz recorded a team-leading and career-high 10 tackles while also forcing a fumble with a big hit.

“I was very pleased with what Craig came in and did,” Smith said. “But that’s how he normally plays when we ask him to come in. He’ll come in, he’ll be steady, he’ll be where he’s supposed to be always and you know what type of play you’re getting from him. We were very pleased with what he did.”

Backup plan: McCown is making progress, but he could be inactive Sunday in Denver for the third straight game since signing with the Bears Nov. 23.

“Nathan Enderle is our backup quarterback right now,” Smith said. “We’ll see how the week goes. I can’t look that far into the future. Josh is doing everything we’re asking him to do and he is making progress, but our focus is somewhere else right now.

“It’s hard to come in off the street. Josh is listed as our third quarterback, and the third quarterback is not getting a lot of reps. But what we’re asking him to do, I’ve been pleased with that. He’s been taking a lot of the ‘look’ squad reps right now. He’s a veteran, but hopefully we won’t get to our third quarterback.”


Three Keys Against the Chiefs: Defense

December 3, 2011

1) No Pot Of Gold For The Dwayne-Bowe

Horrible joke aside, Dwayne Bowe remains the key playmaker for the Chiefs‘ offense with the injuries to rising-fast-running-back Jamaal Charles and starting quarterback Matt Cassel. Bowe’s 14.9 YPC ranks highest on the team, and his 55 receptions are 12 more than the next-highest receiver (Steve Breaston) and 23 more than the next (32, Dexter McCluster). He remains a solid target despite the atrocity of quarterbacking displayed by Tyler Palko, and Charles Tillman will have his hands full.

2) Force Palko into Bad Decisions with Pressure
The line finally showed some damn signs of life, and for a quarterback who’s thrown six interceptions to zero touchdowns, pressure isn’t a welcome thing. So don’t make it easy for him. Either get in his face and force a bad throw (like he needs much forcing) or add to his four sacks taken (and 26 team sacks allowed). Who knows, Palko may not last deep into the game if he struggles.
3) Stop The Run and Force Palko or Orton to Win
The Chiefs have 341 passing attempts (and 26 sacks) on the season compared to 330 rushing attempts. In the last two games, the Chiefs has 28 passing attempts and 34 rushing attempts against Pittsburgh and 37 passing attempts to 27 rushing attempts against New England. That doesn’t seem like much of anything – in fact, it might contradict the key. However, in those games combined Tyler Palko is 42 for 65 for 64%, but for only 397 yards and six interceptions and his longest pass is 28 yards. And Orton’s only had a week of practice. Look for theBears to load the box and make whoever’s at quarterback make some play

This is Tyler Palko. Doesn't he look more like a Hawaii 5-0 extra than a quarterback?

Hanie, Bears come up short in loss to Raiders

November 28, 2011

Caleb Hanie’s first start at quarterback didn’t go well. The Raiders picked him off three times and used six field goals to win 25-20 and end the Bears’ five-game winning streak.  Considering this is Caleb Hanie’s first time out, you can’t expect perfection. He will make the necessary adjustments,and will be better by next week.

Bears sign McCown after Chiefs claim Orton

November 24, 2011

Kyle Orton was claimed on waivers Wednesday by the Kansas City Chiefs, so the Bears shifted to Plan B and signed Josh McCown to fill their need for a veteran backup quarterback.

The Fat Lady Will Sing “Bear Down”

November 22, 2011

Cutler’s Costly Victory. But will she eventually pick up the mic for the Chicago Bears? The team might have won their fifth game in a row (31-20 over the San Diego Chargers) but quarterback Jay Cutler is reportedly set to undergo surgery on the thumb on his throwing hand after breaking it during the victory. How serious is it? Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reported that two sources confirmed that Cutler will miss 6-8 weeks, meaning he’s done for the regular season though the Bears will avoid putting him on injured reserve in order to have him available for any possible playoff games. But how the heck can they get there? Although currently 7-3, a wild-card spot looks a tough task (the Green Bay Packers will win the division). Cutler’s current backup is Caleb Hanie, who has yet to throw a pass this season and hasn’t made an NFL start (they also have rookie QB Nathan Enderle, but he hasn’t seen action either). Who knows: perhaps the Bears will reach out to Brett Favre. In sports, anything is possible.

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Tell me it isn’t so!!!!

November 21, 2011
Cutler expected to miss 6-8 weeks with broken thumb


Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks with a broken thumb on his right throwing hand suffered late in Sunday’s 31-20 victory over San Diego, multiple sources told the Tribune.

Welp,hope this is not true!!!

November 21, 2011

Bears sources tell me Jay Cutler injured his thumb, undergoing further tests to see if broken. He finished game w it injured

Bears vs Chargers Final

November 21, 2011