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Bears Won’t Commit to Caleb Hanie as the Teams Backup QB in 2011

National Football Post reports that the Bears have yet to commit to Caleb Hanie as the teams primary backup QB in the 2011 season.

Bears went out and got Todd Collins a couple weeks before last season started, in part, because Mike Martz didn’t believe in Caleb Hanie as a backup to Jay Cutler. Collins bombed in a Week 5 start at Carolina when a concussion sidelined Cutler, and then was yanked after a quarter of action in an NFC title game loss to the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. It was Hanie who nearly rallied the Bears against the Packers as the third-year undrafted free agent from Colorado State completed 13 of 20 passes for 153 yards, directing two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter of the 21-14 loss, including one that ended on a 35-yard pass to Earl Bennett.

Of course, Hanie was picked off twice and Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji returned one for a touchdown. Is Hanie the unquestioned backup now? “I don’t know. We will see,” Martz told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. “We don’t have to worry about any of that right now. He’s fine. He just needs to get more time out there. That’s it.”

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