Sunday Night Pivotal For Hanie

I'm becoming a Caleb Hanie fan.  I'm certainly not there yet but it's happening.  Saturday night, against the New York Giants, Hanie looked comfortable scrambling outside the pocket but lacked the accuracy needed to be a winning NFL quarterback.  His two misses of Kellen Davis on crossing patterns and an overthrow down the sideline to Jackass were a bit on the inexcusable side.  I'm not saying he won't develop the necessary accuracy (I actually believe he will) but it's not currently in the arsenal.

Now with reports of Luke McCown becoming available in Tampa Bay, Tyler Thigpen on the trading block in Kansas City and someone destined to be the odd man out in Minnesota, the Bears would be wise to use Sunday night's game in Denver as a final dress rehearsal for Hanie as the backup quarterback.  If he produces, it's a moot point.  If he struggles, make some calls.

I just don't want to be one rolled-up-on knee away from a deer in the headlights.

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  • 1st mother fuckers! And thats all I got. Go Bears!

  • I like Hanie but I'm all for McCown or Thigpen or Rosenfels/Jackson if they become a viable option.

    Also, I thought I was over it and thought i was ready to move on...until i saw this article from Seifert.

    "Let's face it: It all revolves around Cassel in Kansas City. Whether he succeeds or fails will define this franchise for the next half-decade. But here's another player to watch: Safety Mike Brown.

    The Chiefs are thrilled with this former Pro Bowl player. Haley was on the Bears' staff a few years ago when Brown was one of the best defensive playmakers in the league...he has been healthy and dynamic for the Chiefs. If he can stay healthy, Brown can be a major impact player."

    NOW I'M PISSED ALL OVER AGAIN. WTF WERE WE THINKING????? HE FINALLY HAD AN OFFSEASON WHERE HE WASN'T REHABBING AN INJURY, THE SAME AS PACE.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Good for Brownie...honestly, I hope he has a kick ass season for the Chiefs...he deserves some luck from the football gods after all the shit he has had to put up with.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    oh, don't get me wrong, we're still going to the playoffs and then on to the superbowl. I just thought the article was ironic.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I heard Mike Brown on the radio this morning said Danieal Manning was the best DB he's ever played with. Interesting.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Who are you referring to as Jackass? Just curious. I only watched the first half.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Here's a hint: It's one of the rookies.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I can not believe how good the Bears looked in the 1st half of the Giants game. If the look that good again vs. Denver, I think I might faint.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    lmao...Johnny Knox bro

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I know Tommie didn't dominant. I know Urlacher got stood up. I know our DB's are not set yet. I know NY was missing some starters. But the Bears looked GOOD!

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    now i'm fired up about brownie. wtf. kc hasn't exactly opened up the checkbook for my former favorite player and now he's lighting it up for the chief. Instead of having bullock the fucktard on our roster as a backup safety who may never see the field, we could have mocha mike. it's my opinion that the one thing that will keep us from glory this year could possibly be the secondary, and brownie could certainly help. i met the guy at a club in the city one time, and he was the definition of a mans man.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    now on to our faithful blogmasters topic. i say we roll with hanie as our backup. if JC (jesus christ) goes down we are screwed anyway. why waste the roster spot? cutler is smart back there and he won't take any wrecks-man shots to the leg. we need to use every open spot to make our team around him better. I'm predicting 11-5 and at least a wild card appearance this year and a great chance to make a deep run into the post season. if the mesiah gets gimped early its over, and the last thing i want is a hanie/tavarias/some other no talet douche led 8-8 frustrating season. our defense is going to be worse next year, we need to capatalize this year. window is closing.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Coach, good comments. But think about our defense a bit. We're not very old. We need some youth on the edge and could use a big time safety.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    blogman, do you think all things being equal our d will be better next year than this? I fully expect for goon to have a career year, i'm pretty sure i actually saw money signs in his eyes when he was sacking ely last week. but the brass will never resign a 30 something end next year. harris is the big unknown. if he turns in at least a game or two as the magical force he was in 05-06 great, our d will be ok, but if not, we'll be forced to match greg jennings and donald driver with devin hester and earl bennit, witch works out like a retarded 3rd grad touch football team playing the 1990 49ers...

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Sorry for getting off topic earlier.

    Hanie should get some serious playing time. It's weird seeing him out there because you know on the one hand he was an undrafted free agent but then he seems to always have a great passer rating and some really nice plays. if he can hit Kellen Davis on those 2 crossing patterns his night would have been noteworthy.

    Stache - have no fear about the defense. these guys are actually pretty young. Our LB's are sick and young, the corners are young...except for Peanut. He has thrown his body into the mix so much and with such intensity that he is now 57yrs old. D line is young and if Goon plays his ass off i wouldn't mind throwing some cash at him. What pick does Taylor Mays go next year? That is one bad broham. That type of safety would heal my wounded heart.

    Cutler won't get hurt for one simple reason...BECAUSE HE CAN'T GET HURT. Pace and Williams will shoot opposing players in the legs like Burress before letting him get sacked. Omiyale's calves are bigger than my mid section and Cutler is the fastest, slowest white QB i've ever seen.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I thought Hanie had his worst (fake) game against the Giants. Not that he was bad, but he was excellent all last year during fakeseason and also did really well in Buffalo. I think he has better mobility than Cutler, but Hanie can

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Pivotal? That may be a big strong. I think it's already Hanie's job to lose at this point and as far as I am concerned, he scored a TD last week. That holding call on Schaffer was absolutely lame. Let's not forget the drive killing fumbles by Jones and Wolfe that should have given Hanie a couple more shots at paydirt.

    As for Mike Brown, he has all my respect and admiration for what he accomplished in Chicago. He set the bar extremely high. But you can only keep the "if he can stay healthy" guys around for so long and the injuries have taken a toll on Mike Brown's ability at this stage of his career. It was time for somebody else to roll the dice with Mike Brown and it's time for somebody to step up in his place. If the Rod Marnelli magic doesn't raise the level of play for D-Line this season over last, it won't matter who is playing safety.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    They needed to hurry up and drop Bad Santa like two weeks ago and as for Clobber Hammer, yea he'll do, but (wait for it, wait for it, wait for it...) I'd take Rex Grossman as a two in case the Cut actually gets injured, he is probably going to be released anyways. Brian Greaseball is available too, in case you threw up a little in your mouth due to my Sex Cannon idea.

    Still think about it, if the line is protecting better and the D is playing better too, with the one-two punch of MF and KJ either of those guys could get you through a game or three enroute to the playoffs.

    This is off the beat and path but,

    Where's Pissed Off, will he ever return? Jeff you have people's actual emails when they signed up, you even gave him site control to post in your absence, he was really that disgruntled to never return. If you are out there, come back, bring your Bearlove to the Bears Den and lets watch and debate some football.

    Go Rex, hurry up and heal your hamstring and take over them Sexans.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Because I actually like Rex, he should stay out of Chicago. Too many haters - he does not deserve that, and those fans do not deserve a guy with as much class as Grossman has.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Hanie looked better than Rex did last summer. He has the mobility like JC. Just needs some quality time with the first string and I think he'll do fine. Still think Lovie should have put him in when Rex was struggling last fall. He has good concentration and makes good dicisions. I think he makes better reads than Grossman did as well. Hope to see a lot of him this week.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Isnt it fun that we are about to enter a Rex debate, to mix it up, pass the time till Septembers first "real" game.

    OK, this Hanie love fest is about enough, he really hasnt shown all that much, not anymore than what Rex showed when he came in and lit it up. The players even saying that had they knew they would score 21 points they would have thought that they would surely win the game, that's when steve smith lit up peanut like he was a treadmark left from the back to the future delorian.

    Last years QB competition that was won by Rex and given to Kyle, ultimately was bad for both QB's and the receivers there was no rapport because the receivers could never get used to only one of them. Then he comes in to finish a game up and gets one week of work against the Titans, a game that was almost won.

    Matt Forte is the primary reason that Kyle looked any good at all. OK, I wont take it all away from him, he made better decisions in general than Rex, but he dropped snaps and got balls batted down just as easily as Rexy did.

    KO got himself hurt trying to make a play. RG got himself hurt trying to make a play on that touchdown run in one of the first plays.

    Im saying all this to just state that the Claw Hammer has a long way to go to prove he is a viable back up, yes he has made some plays, but the jury is still far from completing their deliberations on the matter. This next game might show more, but we shall see.

    Just seems to me that a lot of us here are all over his jock without any real body of work, so lets keep watching and see. There is no doubt that he is far better than basanez.

    Ill stand by for the attackers.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Interesting fact, Caleb Hanie "claw hammer" was born two days after the 1985 opening season game one vs Tampa bay September 11th.

    Maybe it's fate.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    I kind of like Hanie. With your backup QB you kind of want a slightly lesser skilled player than your starter but with the same genreal attributes. JC is mobile, Hanie - check, JC is strong armed, Hanie - check, JC is accurate, Hanie - ehhh working on it; but in reality Hanie is about as close to Diet Cutler as you are going to get in a backup. He does have enough similar skills that the offense doesn't have to change at all when he comes in and I think that makes him a great fit.

    OMG are we talking about Mike Brown and Rex Grossman, wtf? Brownie rocks but he'll be hurt by game 3 and KC will see why we dropped him and Rex? We need some sort of standing rule where if a post contains Rex Grossman we just delete it.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Brownie didn't say he was the best, he said he had the best skill set of any safety he'd played with, meaning athletic ability.

    Something we all knew. Its in between the ears that Manning needs work.

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