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If Chicago Bears fans are frustrated with Caleb Hanie's three interception performance on Sunday, they should refocus that exasperation elsewhere. You can't blame Hanie, the backup quarterback to injured Jay Cutler, for playing like a backup to an injured Jay Cutler. It's not his fault he's Caleb Hanie, he can only do the best he can do. Brian Urlacher didn't blame him, nor should fans.
What they can be annoyed with is the fact that Hanie ended the game with an intentional grounding penalty on a play in which he intended to spike the ball to stop the clock. Watch, as Hanie makes a mistake that brings about a penalty and the requisite 10-second runoff.
It's not like delayed spikes are an NFL rule only. The same interpretation applies at the high school and college levels, so Hanie doesn't have an excuse.
Granted, the Bears would have needed a miracle to win the game on the final play and since all NFL varieties are following the Denver Broncos these days,...
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Caleb Hanie completed 18 of 36 pass attempts for 254 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in a 25-20 loss to Oakland on Sunday.
His completion percentage was 50%, while his QB rating was 56.9.
All three of his three interceptions came in the first half, luckily the Bears defense held the Raiders to only six points off those mistakes by Hanie.
His last interception came on...
Caleb Hanie might be making the first start of his career when the Jay Cutler-less Bears take on the Raiders, but that doesn't necessarily mean Chicago will run a drastically different offense this Sunday.
Lovie Smith and the Chicago Bears said all the right things after Jay Cutler went down with a broken right thumb. They expressed confidence in Caleb Hanie, and the backup quarterback boldly proclaimed he had been waiting for this opportunity.
One day after a shaky trip to the Black Hole, that faith in Hanie was still there.
''He'll play better this coming week than...
The Bears’ offense under Caleb Hanie had some good moments and a number of less-than-stellar moments. We got to the film room to discuss what the tape reveals about Chicago’s offensive performance.
Caleb Hanie had a rough, first NFL start by throwing three interceptions and struggling with his accuracy.
One truth can be told following the Bears’ 25-20 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.
Jay Cutler has to be one of the most unappreciated quarterbacks in the league, not only around the country but especially right here at home in Chicago.
Bears fans can be a fickle bunch sometimes...
The NFC wild card race is tightening up. And the Raiders have the look of a division champion-type of team. Those are two big takeaways from Oakland’s 25-20 victory over the Bears on Sunday afternoon. Another takeaway: Jay Cutler’s replacement Caleb Hanie is not ready for primetime, so the Bears’ playoff hopes are in trouble.…
Playing against a fill-in quarterback making his first career NFL start, the Oakland Raiders managed to win despite struggling to punch the ball into the end zone. Sebastian Janikowski kicked a team-record six field goals and the Raiders took advantage of three interceptions from Chicago's Caleb Hanie to beat the Bears 25-20 Sunday.
Caleb Hanie did anything but embarrass himself in relief of Jay Cutler, but the Bears still lost in Oakland, 25-20.
Hanie finished with 254 yards and 3 TDs, but also had 3 INTs. He also added 50 yards rushing. Matt Forte had 59 yards on 12 rushing attempts, but Marion Barber actually did him one better, running for 60 yards on 10 carries. Johnny Knox was outstanding...
The Chicago Bears will look to continue their winning ways with Caleb Hanie starting at quarterback against the Oakland Raiders
'I think our game plan was good enough to win the game'The Bears made the only choice they could on Monday when they talked about the positives that came out of Caleb Hanie's first NFL start in Sunday's loss to the Raiders.
Jay Cutler’s injury and his replacement by Caleb Hanie will diminish the Chicago Bears but will not result in their collapse, à la the Indianapolis Colts without Peyton Manning.
Good morning and welcome to Bear Bites, your collection of the best Bears news. Read on for Lovie Smith's take on the loss, Martz's baffling play-calling, Hanie's lessons, Tillman's frustration with lack of turnovers, odds for Kansas City's game, and Gould's take on the weather in Oakland.
Lovie Smith accentuated the positives in the Bears loss...