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Garza: Offense won't change under Hanie

11/23/2011

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Very little needs to change on offense now that Caleb Hanie is at quarterback as far as center Roberto Garza is concerned.

"We have to go out there and run the ball and protect our quarterback," Garza said Wednesday. "We need to stick to the same game plan that's won us football games here in the past."

The recipe for success, when there's been success in the first 10 games, has been a heavy dose of Matt Forte and timely plays in the passing game. The Bears enter Sunday's game in Oakland ranked No. 22 in passing offense (216), compared to No. 14 in rushing offense (116.9), which means Matt Forte should expect a heavy work load this weekend against the Raiders, one of the league's poorest rushing defenses.

Hanie will no doubt have to keep the defense honest, but the game will likely be won in the trenches.

"Jay was playing really good football for us, it's a shame it happened, but unfortunately that's the NFL," Garza said. "But we've had to overcome a lot of injuries already. We've seen what Caleb can do. We know he's a talented player and he can step in and fill that role.'

"But it's definitely up to all of us to go out there and do our jobs. He's a competitor, We saw how competitive he was in that [NFC Championship] game. He brings a lot of energy to the huddle. Now it's our job to keep up with him."