Found November 29, 2011 on Bears Backer:

Here are the Week 13 Bears power rankings from various sites around the web:

Site This Week/Last Week Analysis ESPN 12 (7) Caleb Hanie did as expected against the Raiders, and that has to worry the Bears as they vie for a playoff spot. Fox Sports 12 (7) The Bears did themselves no favors with the offensive play calling on Sunday. They struggle to find an offensive rhythm when Jay Cutler has to throw it more than 30 times per game, let alone backup Caleb Hanie. Matt Forte needs many more than 12 carries, and when he gets tired, Marion Barber III can carry the load. But Hanie throwing it 36 times is absurd. CBS Sports 12 (8) The Caleb Hanie era didn’t get off to a good start, but it wasn’t a total disaster. He made some nice plays, but just not enough of them. Pro Football Talk 10 (7) Caleb Hanie’s hiney soon will be back on the bench. Pro Football Weekly 13 (8) Hanie’s first start didn’t give many glimpses of hope for Bears fans. 11 (8) The offensive play-calling that had second-string QB Caleb Hanie throw 36 times is inexplicable. Can anyone explain why Lovie Smith and Mike Martz thought it was a good idea to put the backup quarterback in a position to lose the game and at the same time give Matt Forte just 12 carries? Going into the game, an educated football observer would think the pro-bowl running back would see an increase in touches after Cutler went down; however Forte saw his fewest carries since Week 3. Walter Football 10 (10)  

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