Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Jackson, Raiders trying to study Hanie
By Jeff Dickerson
Hue Jackson may not know Caleb Hanie very well, but he knows the Bears' offense.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- It's a good bet the Raiders have spent the last few days compiling whatever film exists of new Bears starting quarterback Caleb Hanie.
Besides the NFC Championship game against Green Bay, there isn't a large body of work to draw from when it comes to Hanie's peformance in meaningful games. Since entering the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Colorado State in 2008, Hanie has appeared in six regular season contests, mainly in mop-up duty.
But there is plenty of preseason tape available on Hanie for Oakland head coach Hue Jackson and his coaching staff to examie before the teams square off Sunday on the West Coast.
"He has a strong arm and command of their offense ... mobility ... and some confidence," Jackson said Wednesday. "He's had some success there when he played, so I think he is a really good football player.
"We obviously have to stop the run and stop him from throwing the ball around. That's what he's very good at. They have a very talented offense. I don't think the offense is just built on Jay Cutler, obviously he's one of the stars there, but I think they have a lot of good players on their offensive football team."