Lovie OK with Hanie -- now

Lovie OK with Hanie -- now

Posted by Bob LeGere on Thu, 03/24/2011 - 00:59
At the owners’ meetings in New Orleans earlier this week, Bears coach Lovie Smith said he was comfortable with Caleb Hanie as the team’s No. 2 quarterback. Too bad Smith – and offensive coordinator Mike Martz -- couldn’t have reached that comfort level two months earlier in the 21-14 loss to the Packers in the NFC championship game. Then, after Jay Cutler was injured, they wouldn’t have wasted almost all of the third quarter with 39-year-old veteran Todd Collins at quarterback. Collins went 0-for-4 and the offense went three-and-out on back-to-back possessions. After then-No. 3 Hanie replaced Collins at quarterback, the Bears outscored the Packers 14-7 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough. “There's a reason that Caleb made it as a free agent coming in,” Smith said of the three-year veteran. “There's a reason he's on our team. You just have to wait for your opportunity, which he's done.” Unfortunately for the Bears, Hanie had to wait one quarter too long.
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