Sunday, May 2, 2010
Martz: Backup QB, not WR, is priority
By Kevin Seifert
News tends to trickle at the end of an NFL rookie minicamp, and I'll have a more complete set of wrap-up links on Monday morning. But corporate cousin Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com passed along an interesting set of scenarios Sunday from the final day of Bears camp.
In a nutshell: Offensive coordinator Mike Martz appeared much more concerned about his team's quarterback depth than he was about the Bears' receiving corps. Here's what he said about the lack of experience behind starter Jay Cutler:
"It makes you a little nervous, doesn't it? I think Caleb [Hanie] is going to be a good player, but I really don't know. I'm excited about him, but I really don't know. You look at a guy like Kurt Warner, he played in [NFL] Europe, and we looked at all of his Europe stuff, so we kind of had a feel for him under pressure, blitzes and things like that.
"I think Caleb will be all right, but [potentially adding a veteran] gives you that insurance, pads it a little bit. From that aspect, I think it would make us all feel a little easier with a veteran. But you just never know."
On the other hand, here's what Martz said about a receiving group that is talented but largely inexperienced: "I love our receivers, I think that our receiving core will be the strength of this team," Martz said. "You can put that in granite, I can promise you that one."
Translation: Look for the Bears to give strong thought to signing a veteran quarterback. And if you hoped they would add a receiver from elsewhere, don't count on it.