Lovie Smith: QB decision on Wednesday

Updated: December 19, 2011, 6:32 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith called Caleb Hanie "our starting quarterback" on Monday, but just as quickly revealed a decision hasn't been made regarding the position, leaving ambiguity as to the team's plans for Sunday's matchup with the Green Bay Packers.

Hanie threw three interceptions -- with two being returned for touchdowns -- in 38-14 debacle against the Seattle Seahawks. Based on Smith's press conference Monday, the only certainty regarding the position is the team's insistence it won't go to rookie Nathan Enderle.

"This isn't a tryout period," Smith said of Enderle. "We're trying to win a football game. So the best guys who give us an opportunity to do that will be on the field. No more than that."

Is Hanie that guy? Smith seemed somewhat non-committal.

"Who's going to be the quarterback?" Smith asked. "Right now, Caleb Hanie is our starting quarterback. He played (Sunday). We finished up, felt we needed a boost. We needed to change the course a little bit (Sunday), but we do that with all players. None of those decisions have been made with any of our positions. We evaluate the video, which we're doing now. Come Wednesday, for you guys that are out there Wednesday, you'll have an idea then."

With Hanie under center over four games, the Bears embarked on 55 offensive possessions, netting four touchdowns, four field goals and 29 punts to go with 11 total turnovers, which included nine interceptions. In those drives the Bears produced just 40 points over 16 quarters.

Veteran Josh McCown replaced Hanie for the team's last two drives and completed 1 of 2 for 12 yards and an interception.

Perhaps Smith's unwillingness to elaborate on the situation at quarterback is a function of week to week game planning. Smith admitted "We're disappointed in our quarterback play. It hasn't been as good as we'd like it to be."

But he remained evasive about who will line up under center against the Packers.

"On Monday, I've never come in here and talked about what we're going to do on Wednesday. We're going to evaluate things and go from there," Smith said. "We're not going to tell anyone on Monday what we're going to do on our game plan."

Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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