Posts tagged with: Caleb Hanie

The slog of preseason football

I always have mixed feelings about the first preseason game of the Bears season.

It’s nice to see the NFL, and the Bears, of course, back in action. But preseason football? There are few things worse to watch. Maybe Spring Training baseball. But who watches that?

Here’s what you’ll see Saturday night: A whole lot of action from players you’ll never see once the regular season begins.

Preseason football also brings out the idiots who want to elevate a rookie or scrub to Pro Bowl status because of their performance against fellow also-rans. How many lousy third-string Bears quarterbacks have looked like superstars during the preseason? Just look at last year, when fans were calling sports radio stations demanding that Caleb Hanie be given a shot as starting quarterback?

I know we have to suffer through the preseason. Let’s just hope that no one gets hurt. And if you must watch these games, remember, it doesn’t matter who wins. It just matters that your star linebacker or offensive lineman doesn’t break a limb.

What happens if Cutler goes down?

The Bears Gab blog had a frightening post the other day: What happens to the Bears offense if Jay Cutler should suffer a serious injury?

Why, it’d leave the offense in the hands of Caleb Hanie.


Now, Caleb may be a perfectly fine quarterback. He may be the next Henry Burris. We don’t know because Hanie has hardly played.

It’s scary, though, to think of how little depth the Bears have at this crucial position. Cutler doesn’t have a history of injuries, but in this league, any player can get injured at any time. An injury to Cutler just might doom the season.