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08:02 AM ET 12.20 | Lovie Smith remains hopeful he'll see Jay Cutler starting again this season. Caleb Hanie is stumbling badly, probably finished as Cutler's backup after a lousy three-interception performance in Sunday's 38-14 loss to the Seahawks at Soldier Field. Unless Cutler can return 35 days after fracturing his right thumb in a Nov. 20 victory over the Chargers, Smith must choose between Hanie, newcomer Josh McCown and rookie fifth-round pick Nathan Enderle. All we hear from Smith is that Cutler and running back Matt Forte, rehabilitating from a sprained MCL in his right knee, "are getting better." Cutler left the locker room Sunday afternoon with nothing covering his surgically repaired thumb.

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December 20, 2011  08:08 AM ET

After bad-mouthing Donovan McRib, I bet Devin Hester wishes he was there now. Caleb Hanie is awful!

December 20, 2011  08:28 AM ET

Let them stick with Hanie. They obviously placed no priorities or importance on having a reliable backup QB. Let them suffer with what they've got

December 20, 2011  09:05 AM ET

Definitely gotta make the switch to McCown, he at least has some experience. Doesn't matter anyways without Cutler they don't stand a chance the rest of the way.

December 20, 2011  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Let them stick with Hanie. They obviously placed no priorities or importance on having a reliable backup QB. Let them suffer with what they've got

I do believe they thought Hanie was a reliable backup, though, after he performed pretty decently in the playoffs last year.

December 20, 2011  09:16 AM ET

What's the point, Lovie? Even if the Bears were to win out, they'd still need more help than is available.

December 20, 2011  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

What's the point, Lovie? Even if the Bears were to win out, they'd still need more help than is available.

Since I have been able to watch football I have never turned off a game until this week. It's like watching keystone cops play football. I dont blame the defense if everyone demands trades in the offseason. That offense is soooo terrible. Can we get a little emotion from Lovie.

December 20, 2011  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Since I have been able to watch football I have never turned off a game until this week. It's like watching keystone cops play football. I dont blame the defense if everyone demands trades in the offseason. That offense is soooo terrible. Can we get a little emotion from Lovie.

This is what we're likely to get:

Lovie Smith: "Caleb Hanie is our quarterback..."

December 20, 2011  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

This is what we're likely to get:Lovie Smith: "Caleb Hanie is our quarterback..."

Soooo... Does Chicago bring Orton back in the off season so they don't run into this again next year? Didn't Orton wanna go back to Chicago when he got released by Denver? I don't expect him to stay in KC since Cassel is still under contract and I bet they draft a QB there.

December 20, 2011  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

This is what we're likely to get:

Lovie Smith: "Caleb Hanie is our quarterback..."

Sad...

December 20, 2011  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Soooo... Does Chicago bring Orton back in the off season so they don't run into this again next year? Didn't Orton wanna go back to Chicago when he got released by Denver? I don't expect him to stay in KC since Cassel is still under contract and I bet they draft a QB there.

In a universe operated under common sense yes they would sign him. Unfortunetly for us Bears fans they dont operate with common sense. Angelo will probably trade Cutler promote Hanie and let Forte walk with no new contract.

December 20, 2011  09:57 AM ET

Don't make any sense ....there season is over

December 20, 2011  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Soooo... Does Chicago bring Orton back in the off season so they don't run into this again next year? Didn't Orton wanna go back to Chicago when he got released by Denver? I don't expect him to stay in KC since Cassel is still under contract and I bet they draft a QB there.

Then to top it all off Angelo will fire Lovie and hire Martz. Martz will bring John Schoop back as OC and hire Dave Wannstead as a player development specialist. He will also run the draft where he trades their first second and 2 fourth round picks for Rick Meier.

December 20, 2011  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Then to top it all off Angelo will fire Lovie and hire Martz. Martz will bring John Schoop back as OC and hire Dave Wannstead as a player development specialist. He will also run the draft where he trades their first second and 2 fourth round picks for Rick Meier.

That's really, really dark, bro...

December 20, 2011  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Soooo... Does Chicago bring Orton back in the off season so they don't run into this again next year? Didn't Orton wanna go back to Chicago when he got released by Denver? I don't expect him to stay in KC since Cassel is still under contract and I bet they draft a QB there.

I'd love to have Orton back, but I don't know if he'd be willing to stay in a back-up role; the Bears still have a lot of money invested in Cutler. Orton's performance against the Packers the other day generate a lot of interest in teams that need a starting QB (the Redskins, perhaps?). There are teams out there that could easily outbid Chicago. I don't think Chicago would even try to match what Orton might be offered elsewhere.

December 20, 2011  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

In a universe operated under common sense yes they would sign him. Unfortunetly for us Bears fans they dont operate with common sense. Angelo will probably trade Cutler promote Hanie and let Forte walk with no new contract.

Sad, but true.

There's still hope that Jerry Angelo does step down at the end of the season, but that doesn't change the fact that Ted Phillips is still CEO.

December 20, 2011  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Then to top it all off Angelo will fire Lovie and hire Martz. Martz will bring John Schoop back as OC and hire Dave Wannstead as a player development specialist. He will also run the draft where he trades their first second and 2 fourth round picks for Rick Meier.

Damn, dude...

December 20, 2011  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

That's really, really dark, bro...

Say all you want about Jerrah but he doesnt shy away from bringing talent in. I bet more people can name 3 recievers that play for the Rams than they could about the Bears. Anytime Jerry starts making you crazy just remember Otis it can always be worse.

December 20, 2011  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Soooo... Does Chicago bring Orton back in the off season so they don't run into this again next year? Didn't Orton wanna go back to Chicago when he got released by Denver? I don't expect him to stay in KC since Cassel is still under contract and I bet they draft a QB there.

Oh and fire Love and hire Martz as head coach. Martz will in turn hire John Schoop back as OC and Dave Wannstead will run player development and run next years draft. He will trade their first second and 2 4's for Rick Meier.

December 20, 2011  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Then to top it all off Angelo will fire Lovie and hire Martz. Martz will bring John Schoop back as OC and hire Dave Wannstead as a player development specialist. He will also run the draft where he trades their first second and 2 fourth round picks for Rick Meier.

As long as it's not Ron Turner calling plays.

Ever again.

 
December 20, 2011  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Say all you want about Jerrah but he doesnt shy away from bringing talent in. I bet more people can name 3 recievers that play for the Rams than they could about the Bears. Anytime Jerry starts making you crazy just remember Otis it can always be worse.

+1

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