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Backup QB Caleb Hanie Is Not Happy

Bears Backup QB, Caleb Hanie

Either the Bears coaching staff has caught amnesia or rookie Nathan Enderle has magically developed a cannon of an arm. Caleb Hanie has been the back for Jay Cutler during his time in Chicago and has served the starter well. Now all of a sudden, Lovie Smith decided to bench Hanie during yesterday’s practice to give Enderle more reps.

Here’s what Lovie said:

“There was no punishment. There was no reward,” “You look at how a guy played, and that determines what type of reps he gets the following week. Nathan hasn’t gotten hardly any reps in practice.”

I’m sure Lovie means well, but has the head coach forgotten what Hanie did during the NFC Championship game last year? Caleb Hanie came in and almost led the Bears to victory after not playing all season. Sure, Hanie isn’t the best back up in the league, but what he proved in that championship should not go without notice.

Lovie Smith needs a reminder and needs to keep Hanie happy at second string.

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6 Responses to “Backup QB Caleb Hanie Is Not Happy”

  1. bob says:

    Doesnt seem like a big deal. Enderle played well and deserved a small reward. Also, seems like a common coach technique to bring out best in everyone. reward enderle for decent play and tease him with some 2nd team reps while doing so light a fire under Hanie and make him believe there is more competition for his spot which seemed like it was given to him. Both benefit Enderle excited he might be able to move up and Hanie worried he better solidify spot. Competition brings out best even if its manipulated and false. No way is enderle moving to #2.

  2. Rob says:

    I agree with bob, it seems like your reading into something too much that really doesnt need to be addressed in the 2nd wk of preseason. enderle is getting a reward & calebs gettin a fire lit under him, thats all it is…and how do you know that calebs upset? have you talked to him personally? or are you just another of the many writers that come & go on this site that believe its actually a true form of media?

    i hate how people hole caleb hanie up so high by saying he “almost” lead us to the superbowl! the guy didnt even lead us to a tie! yeah he scored a TD…wow! but he also gave away a TD…and for the TRUE Bear fans…how much did we lose by?

    get your facts straight in the future & dont try & fabricate a story that aint there like a wannabe adam schefter!

  3. Peter Skiadopoulos says:

    I respect your opinions and love to hear comments, but please respect this website.

    As to your statement, have I spoken to him personally, actually I have. He expressed it to me in a real interview after practice, so how’s that for credibility? Also, his body language during practice conveyed his emotions as well.
    So yes, this website is a real form of media that provides great news for Bears fans.

    Facts are facts and Hanie did a darn good job in the NFC Championship game.

  4. Rob says:

    Hanie 13/20 153yds 1td 2int 65.2qb rating in the championship game….those are called stats, and speaking stats, who threw 3 picks in practice yesterday? so when your studying “body language” & chanting about facts, just remember that they dont win games & more importantly championships…

    you know whats funny, i was talking with walter payton last night & right after he called you a kook, he mentioned that if jay cutler or rex grossman had put up those numbers in a title game, they would have been crucified, but here you are praising caleb hanie for a job well done…wow! they really must be searching high & low for writers if theyre printing your stuff.

    oh & heres a link from a credible source by the name of Jeff Dickerson who writes for espn chicago, who actually spoke to caleb hanie & printed that there was a “small” amount of angst & no rift for him…

  5. bob says:

    lol…writing is fine your supposed to bring out some passion in your readers, mission accomplished i guess. Back to the Hanie situation… He should be upset thats the whole point. Now he has to bring it on the field to solidify spot. He did OK in the championship game 1 TD good 2 int bad. He at least made it interesting and moved the ball after Cutler left. It seems Hanie has a lot of broken plays possibly from O-line but also from him holding ball too long. Functional #2 but nothing special

  6. Russ Loede says:

    This is great news to hear because Todd Collins’ name is no longer mentioned when the topic of Bears’ quarterbacks is brought up. Give me Hanie and Enderle behind Jay Cutler, and I’m fine as long as Collins is gone.

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