The Chicago Bears are reeling right now losing two consecutive games to NFL teams that were considered less talented [Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs]. Many people projected the Bears [7-5] to win both games in decisive fashion, but after losing the team’s starting quarterback Jay Cutler [season-ending thumb injury] in Week 11 against the Chargers, everything for the Bears seems to now be going downhill.
Can the Chicago Bears still make it to the playoffs with their backup QB, Caleb Hanie? Against the Raiders and the Chiefs, Hanie threw a total of 6 interceptions [3 INTs per game]. Hanie posted a 56.9 QB rating against the Raiders and even worse, an awful 23.8 QB rating against the Chiefs.
In hindsight, losing to the Oakland Raiders, a team who now has a 7-5 record isn’t as bad, but when the Chicago Bears lost to the Chiefs with the score of 10-3 this past week, you can’t help to sound the alarm. The Bears are in desperate need of a quarterback and there is definitely no denying that.
During an interview on the Mike and Mike sports radio show, Bears wide receiver and returner Devin Hester was asked if current free-agent quarterback Donovan McNabb would be the solution to their problems.
“It’s going to be tough right now to pick up a quarterback that hasn’t played in the Mike Martz offense,” Hester said. “This is a difficult offense to run, so as far as a quarterback who hasn’t played in the offense, right now it’s going to be a waste of time.”
A surprising response from Hester, especially now that they have also lost their star running back, Matt Forte, due to a knee injury. At best, Forte will miss 2 weeks, but worst-case scenario would mean Forte would be done for the season. [Ouch!]
Devin Hester does have a point when it comes to the Mike Martz offense, however Hester would be ridiculously insane if he thinks that Hanie could take the Bears to the promise land.
Yes, we all know what Hanie did in the playoffs last year against the Green Bay Packers, but the Bears lost. If Chicago would have won, then I could see where the confidence in Hanie is coming from. The point of the matter is that the Bears do need a quarterback. Chicago would need to bring in a veteran that could stabilize the ship in hopes to get the Bears back to the playoffs.
Call me crazy, but even though Donovan McNabb did not do well with the Minnesota Vikings, he still has the lead over Hanie in my opinion. Either that or Brett Favre, but we are most certainly not going to go there.
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