I’m becoming a Caleb Hanie fan. I’m certainly not there yet but it’s happening. Saturday night, against the New York Giants, Hanie looked comfortable scrambling outside the pocket but lacked the accuracy needed to be a winning NFL quarterback. His two misses of Kellen Davis on crossing patterns and an overthrow down the sideline to Jackass were a bit on the inexcusable side. I’m not saying he won’t develop the necessary accuracy (I actually believe he will) but it’s not currently in the arsenal.
Now with reports of Luke McCown becoming available in Tampa Bay, Tyler Thigpen on the trading block in Kansas City and someone destined to be the odd man out in Minnesota, the Bears would be wise to use Sunday night’s game in Denver as a final dress rehearsal for Hanie as the backup quarterback. If he produces, it’s a moot point. If he struggles, make some calls.
I just don’t want to be one rolled-up-on knee away from a deer in the headlights.