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Inside the Bears:
What a cruel twist of fate that the Bears’ season all but turned to dust with Caleb Hanie at quarterback Sunday — just after the Chiefs’ Kyle Orton engineered an upset victory against the previously unbeaten Packers in Kansas City. And not only did an ex-Bear beat the vaunted Packers, but it was an ex-Bear the Bears had claimed on waivers but lost out on because their record was too good. Even worse, it was evidence that a quarterback need not be fluent in an offense to beat the Packers. Orton, whom the Chiefs had acquired less than four weeks …
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I’ll take that bowl of Kyle Orton crow to go, please.
About a month ago, I wrote that signing Kyle Orton to the Chiefs was a mistake. I like to think Orton used my column as a nice piece of bulletin board material. I mean, all he did was lead the Chiefs to a victory over the Green Bay Packers in his first full game.
Orton’s impressive showing Sunday made the quarterback scenario...
Romeo Crennel hadn’t been a head coach since 2008. Lord knows when the last time he received a Gatorade bath.
All that changed Sunday when Crennel’s Chiefs took down the undefeated defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers 19-14. In just one afternoon, the Chiefs put their names back in the playoff race, found a quarterback, thrust Crennel’s name into the head coach...
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What was so different Sunday? There was a change in attitude, belief and performance against the Green Bay Packers, and there are probably several reasons for that. One was that interim head coach Romeo Crennel reinvigorated a stagnant team. Another was the play of a legitimate NFL quarterback, Kyle Orton. That appeared to shake the Packers, and the Chiefs took advantage.
Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith was noncommittal Monday when asked whether Caleb Hanie will remain his starting quarterback on Sunday against Green Bay.
GREEN BAY, Wis. After losing four consecutive games, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith has decided to switch quarterbacks.
Smith benched Caleb Hanie on Wednesday in favor of Josh McCown.
"We felt like we needed a change," Smith said in a teleconference with Packers media, "someone to give us a little bit of a spark. It's time for us to make a move, so we went...
At first it was a play like nearly any other, Chicago Bears receiver Johnny Knox received a pass from Caleb Hanie (actually, that Hanie got a completion off IS kinda extraordinary) but Knox received a quick pop that jarred the ball loose from his hands. Frantically diving after the fumble, Knox had the unfortunate luck to almost reach the ball at the same time as the Seattle Seahawks...