Despite posting a passer rating of 56.9 and throwing three interceptions, Bears fourth-year quarterback Caleb Hanie showed resilience in his first NFL start.
Getting his first start on the road in a tough place like Oakland, no one expected it to be smooth sailing for Hanie.
Hanie tossed three first half interceptions and shook of some rust and inexperience that loomed over him.
However, he was able to average 9.72 yards per pass in the fourth quarter.
His passer rating in the final quarter was 107.4, but a lot of that had to do with the Raiders playing more of a conservative defense.
The Raiders blitzed only 10 times against the inexperienced quarterback and were able to bring him down three times.
The major worry for the Bears is clearly Hanie’s decision making.
The plays where he runs out of bounds instead of throwing it away or fake spikes the ball will likely be gone, but other things are a concern right now.
Hanie struggled mightily in the red zone. He was one-of-four passing inside the 20, and one of the passes was picked off by Oakland.
With another week of practice under his belt Hanie should feel more comfortable in this offense. Don’t expect to be a great quarterback like he was in the fourth quarter, but expect him to be more polished.
With Cutler, McCown, offensive coordinator Mike Martz and quarterbacks coach Shane Day all coaching Hanie up every day in practice, it only helps.
Returning back to Chicago could be the perfect remedy for this Bears team. With Hanie under center another week, don’t expect him to make the same “rookie” mistakes he made a week ago in Oakland.
Perfection isn’t going to happen for any quarterback, but a big improvement could be coming for Hanie and this Bears offense.
Things that will only help Hanie are better playcalling from Mike Martz and Co. and improved play from the receiving core.
Jake Perper is the owner and head writer for Bearsbacker.com. He is also the Chicago Bears writer for NFLTouchdown.com. Follow him on Twitter, @Bearsbacker and on Facebook for up to the minute news about the Bears.