Should The Bears Trust Caleb Hanie As Their Backup QB?

February 3, 2011 by

Is Caleb Hanie a number two quarterback in the NFL? I say yes, and I will tell you why.

Last season, Hanie was ranked as the worst backup quarterback in the league by Sports Illustrated. That ranking had a lot to do with the fact that Hanie had never thrown an NFL pass.

I knew that the Bears had something special in Hanie when he played well in the pre-season the last two years.  Hanie was the number two quarterback in training camp until he sustained a shoulder injury against the Chargers in the pre-season. That gave veteran QB Todd Collins the number two job.

What a mistake that was. Putting veteran QB Todd Collins might have seemed to be smart because he had much more experience than Caleb Hanie, but Collins clearly had nothing left. Hanie is athletic and has a solid arm.

Hanie is a restricted free agent this off-season and the Bears should give him the money deserves because the way he played in the NFC Championship proved why he should be the number two quarterback behind QB Jay Cutler.

I would trust Hanie as backup, he showed why he is the NFL. He completed 13 of 20 passes for 153 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions and a 65.2 passer rating in the NFC Championship. Take away the dumb interception to B.J. Raji which turned into an pick six and the Bears are right in the game because of him.

Hanie showed poised and he will likely compete for the number two quarterback spot. Having him Jay Cutler is a solid option because both quarterbacks are both athletic and can scramble for some big gains. The Bears made a “huge” mistake having Todd Collins as the number two.

Caleb Hanie’s future is bright, the Bears need to wrap him up before he goes somewhere else and shines. Trust Hanie as the backup, he isn’t yet proven, but he is clearly poised.

Jake Perper is the creator of www.BearsBacker.com and also covers the Bears for www.NFLTouchdown.com and NFLBlogblitz.

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