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Enderle not prepared to start vs. Packers

A lot of Bears fans are calling for Nathan Enderle, but coaches don't think he's ready. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The recent demotion of Caleb Hanie in favor of veteran Josh McCown left many Bears fans wondering where rookie Nate Enderle fits into the Bears quarterback equation.

Should Enderle, the Bears 2011 fifth-round draft choice out of Idaho, be given the opportunity to start Sunday night versus the Green Bay Packers, instead of journeyman McCown, who last started a game in 2007.

According to Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz, the answer is a resounding 'no'.

"It's just too much of an unknown right now," Martz said. "We're trying to win. So he'll have his time, I'm sure, but right now this is the best opportunity for us to win."

Asking a rookie quarterback, with zero regular-season experience, to win on the road against the defending Super Bowl champions seems like a tall order. Enderle has been inactive for 10 game this year and was only listed as the No. 2 quarterback on two occasions (Oakland and Kansas City) before being dropped back to the third quarterback spot last week versus Seattle.

Martz also pointed out Enderle received limited work in the preseason because the organization was trying to get Hanie up to speed to serve as Jay Cutler's primary backup. Plus, due to the NFL lockout, the rookie never had a chance to participate in any sort of offseason workout program before reporting to Bourbonnais.

"I think Nate, physically, has a tremendous future," Martz said. "Caleb didn't have preseason a year ago because he got injured, so we spent all that time with Caleb in the preseason, so Nate didn't get a whole lot of work."