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Monday Musings: What do the Bears have in Hanie?

Posted on: November 21, 2011 10:51 am

If, as expected, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is out for the rest of regular season and maybe beyond with a broken thumb on his throwing hand, it means Caleb Hanie is the guy who the Bears will hand their playoff hopes to the rest of the way.

What do we know about Hanie? He's 26, in his fourth season from Colorado State and he played decent in relief of Cutler in the NFC Championship Game last January.

Hanie, who is listed at 6-2 and looks smaller, has never started an NFL game. He doesn't have a big arm, but it's good enough. He does seem to understand reading defenses in the limited time we've seen him play.

Are the Bears done? Too hard to say. Are they in trouble? You bet.

It's too bad for the Bears. They were on the role, winning their fifth consecutive e game Sunday against the Chargers.

The good news is the schedule is soft the rest of the way. But this is a quarterback league, and we know what losing a starter means.

Just ask the Colts.

---It's one thing for media members and teammates to rave about a rookie quarterback. But when you hear veteran opposing players raving about one, you know they mean it.

That's how the Baltimore Ravens reacted to Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton after seeing him for the first time Sunday. Asked his thoughts on Dalton, Ravens safety Ed Reed had a simple answer.

"Niceeeeee" he said. "He throws a good ball and he has the poise. You have to like to see what you like as a Cincinnati fan. He had poise and did what he needed to do. He put them in a position to win."

"He was better than we thought he was," Ravens corner Lardarius Webb said.

Dalton threw three interceptions, but he also threw for 373 yards, a touchdown and had the Bengals inside the 10 in the final minute with a chance to tie.

"He's a rookie, but he's a very good football player," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.

The Bengals have to be thrilled with Dalton so far. He just may end up being the best rookie quarterback in this class, maybe even better than Cam Newton.

----By now, you know I am big believer in playing rookie quarterbacks. All you do by playing an aging vet is delay the inevitable. That's why the Titans need to play Jake Locker. He came off the bench to play well in the Titans loss to the Falcons. He was 9-of-19 for 140 yards and a touchdown after Hasselbeck went out with an elbow injury. Hasselbeck was 13 of 25 for 124 yards and an interception when he left. He led the Titans to three points. It's time to play Locker. The Titans aren't going to the playoffs.

---The Falcons had to get Roddy White back involved in the offense and they did in a big way against the Titans. He caught seven passes for 147 yards. When the Falcons get Julio Jones back from a hamstring injury, they need to be more wide-open with White and Jones on the field together with third receiver Harry Douglas, who had four catches for 51 yards. Why the success? The Falcons used the no-huddle more. They are clearly better when Matt Ryan is calling the plays at the line of scrimmage.

---Packers receiver Jordy Nelson had six catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns against the Bucs. That begs this question: Is he now the best receiver on the roster? He just might be.

---Say this for Dolphins coach Tony Sparano: He isn't going down without a fight. Sparano's team has won three consecutive games and pushed the Giants the week before starting the streak.  What if Sparano gets this team to 8-8? Does he come back? Not likely, but you have to like his fight.

---All those who wanted to keep John Skelton in as the starting quarterback in Arizona might want to change that thinking. Skelton was horrible against the 49ers, completing 6 of 19 passes for 99 yards and three picks. Kevin Kolb will get back in the lineup -- no doubt.

---You have to give Vince Young credit for his play Sunday night. Sure, he made some mistakes. But he made the plays when he needed to on that fourth-quarter drive to win it. Maybe he has changed. 

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Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 12:10 pm

Monday Musings: What do the Bears have in Hanie?

They are 10th against the run which is solid
Just want to point something out -- Chicago is 10th in total rushing yards allowed, but they rank 31st in rushing attempts against with barely 20 a game.  They have played alot of passing teams.  A more glaring stat regarding their defense is they give up almost 5 yards a carry per rushing attempt, which is one of the worst in the NFL.

I think Chicago fans are going to be questioning how well they perform the rest of the year after this weekend's game.  Saying they are going to go into Oakland and roll over the Raiders is a strong statement.  I'll be interested to hear what the fans have to say after they get to watch the Bears offense for a week without Cutler. 

Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 7:21 pm

Monday Musings: What do the Bears have in Hanie?

Guys settle down. The Bears are still going to win at least 10 games this year and probably more like 11. Either way they are looking at the 6 seed.  Will they be able to go to New Orleans and get a win in the playoffs?  Hanie would have to become the 2nd coming of Tebow, but hey stranger things have happened.  I mean come on people Rex freaking Grossman went to the Super Bowl with a worse Bears team albeit maybe a better O-line.

I want to hear the ramblings of all of the supposed "experts" after the Bears walk through the Raiders on Sunday. The AFC is weaker than a kitten this year. The AFC West is the runt of the litter and has not beaten an NFC North Team other than the crappy Vikings all year! This trend continues regardless of Hanie at QB.

PS: Hanie is a mad scrambler and can get a few first downs with his legs if necessary ala Tebow.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:54 pm

Monday Musings: What do the Bears have in Hanie?

Reports are that Denver just cut Kyle Orton. That would be a nice pick up.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:07 pm

Monday Musings: What do the Bears have in Hanie?

I think the Bears are in a little more trouble than people think. People point out the defense and Special teams as reasons they should be OK, and I'll give you special teams...though all you have to do is kick it away from Hester to cancel that out for the most part. The defense isn't that great. They are 10th against the run which is solid, but they are 29th against the pass and 25th overall. They are decent in pts given up, but I don't see them as the type of D that can keep a team to a really low score in case the offense sputters. They are keeping teams to 20ppg, but they are only scoring about 27 themselves with Cutler. Not to mention, I think Cutler was doing a very good job in the offense with who he had. They have a subpar receiving core with a very good RB...but that's about it...They have an easy schedule and that's worth point out...but they also are third in their own division with teams like ATL and DAL now playing well also. That's a tough road for any team, especially if you are about to plug in a guy that's never started a game...I;'m not counting them out...but I would be very surprised if they end up "fine" as some people seem to believe.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 7:42 am

Monday Musings: What do the Bears have in Hanie?

Let's please not forget the Dolphins have only beaten KC, Washington and Buffalo.  Not exactly world beating teams here.  The real Dolphins will be back in action on Thursday vs a legitimate team.  Let's see how they do (yes, they'll get back to losing) before crowning them or Sparano for anything. Oh, and by the way, the Dolphins just happened to continue the whoopass parade on Buffalo, who coincidentally had just gotten their arse handed to them at Dallas.  How ironic is it that's exactly where the Dolphins are headed to eat crow (not turkey) this Thursday.  I don't think Sparano will have anything to be thankful for this week. Cool

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 7:37 pm

Monday Musings: What do the Bears have in Hanie?

Chicago will win 4 of their next 5 games....something akin to Tebowesque if you will! The Bears have their own Quarterback loved by God as well as Denver! Check out what Caleb Hanie's name means:

 Caleb \c(a)-l\ as a boy's name is pronounced KAY-leb. It is of  origin, and the meaning of Caleb is ", ,  ". : Caleb, a  of Moses and Joshua, was  for his astute  of  and fearlessness in the face of ; his  to  is symbolized by the "" in some traditions. 

After reading this definition I am glad the Bears have a "DOG" who is loved by God in thr fight. We all know you have to have a dog in the fight to win the dog fight. 

All that remains to be answered is: Who will God favor when the Bears travel to Denver? Caleb or Tim? You have to admit it is an interesting scenario.
Go Bears! 

Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2011 5:03 pm

Monday Musings: What do the Bears have in Hanie?

If I were a Dolphins fan I'd be hating life right now because every time the Fins win, they increase their chances of keeping Sparano for another year. Forget the Suck for Luck sweepstakes--this draft is deep enough in QBs that the Fins can get a potential starter if they're drafting in the top 20--the real problem is that Sparano is not a good head coach, and anything that gets in the way of his exit is a bad thing. 

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 2:36 pm

Monday Musings: What do the Bears have in Hanie?

The reasons you are not corect are following.

INDY had nothing but good wr's and a top line QB. Nothing else. Lose the QB end of season.

The BEARS have a great RB, A solidifed offensive line. Awsome Special teams. A great defense.

Cutler was solid but WAS NOT the ONLY reason the Bears are 7-3. The Bears can and most likely will still make the playoffs(look at the schedule).

Haney if used right will be ok and the defense has the ability to help with field position and turn overs.

Cutler is not as important to the bears as Manning was to the Colts. Wake up and smell the coffee..

Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: November 21, 2011 2:26 pm

Monday Musings: What do the Bears have in Hanie?

After seeing the Dolphins hammer the Bills, the Browns beat the Jaguars, and the Colts give about as much effort to win on their bye week as they do in games they play, I doubt Tennessee finishes worse than 8-8. There are only 2 non division-leading teams in the AFC with better records than Tennessee, and both of them (Pittsburgh and Cincinatti) have similarly difficult schedules as the Titans. Don't count them out of a wild card just yet. 

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