BBAO: Bears' Caleb Hanie under scrutiny


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How many examples do we need to conclude that Chicago Bears offensive coordinator/general manager Mike Martz isn't enthused about Caleb Hanie as his No. 2 quarterback?

Last year, Martz positioned veteran Todd Collins in that spot even after a four-interception start in Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers. That decision proved disastrous in the NFC Championship Game, when Hanie had to relieve an ineffective Collins after starter Jay Cutler's knee injury.

On Monday, Martz decided that Hanie's performance in the Bears' preseason opener necessitated a look at rookie Nathan Enderle with the Bears' second-team offense. Coach Lovie Smith later explained Hanie "didn't play as well as I thought he did initially" Saturday night and that "you look at how a guy played and that determines what types of reps he gets the following the week."

Hanie was visibly upset and did not speak with reporters.

I realize Hanie hasn't had much experience in the NFL, and he's far from perfect. We shouldn't overreact to one day's training camp practice. But Martz and the Bears need to make a decision on Hanie, one way or the other, and stick with it.

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