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Lovie would like a veteran behind Cutler

No matter how badly Jay Cutler plays, he’s going to be the Bears’ starting quarterback. With the amount of money the Bears are paying him and the king’s ransom they traded away to acquire him from the Broncos, Cutler’s job is safe, as long as he’s healthy.

But if Cutler isn’t healthy, Bears coach Lovie Smith would like to have a veteran backup behind him on the depth chart.

“Whenever you can add another veteran to the group, especially a veteran quarterback because they are kind of like a second coach knowing the offense, that can be a good thing,” Smith said. “Just having another voice to mentor all the situations is a good thing.”

Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com suggests that the veteran backup could be Ryan Fitzpatrick, currently of the Bills, who has played for Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz — or even Marc Bulger, who played for Martz with the Rams.

But whoever it is, Smith says he’d like someone other than current backup Caleb Hanie behind Cutler on the depth chart.

“It wouldn’t be a bad thing,” Smith says, “if we end up with a veteran this year.”

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53 Responses to “Lovie would like a veteran behind Cutler”
  1. Sasquatch says: Mar 31, 2010 7:51 PM

    Bring forth Jason Campbell.

  2. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Mar 31, 2010 7:57 PM

    Is JaCarcuss Russell considered a veteran? I think he’s going to be available soon.

  3. BroncFanOr says: Mar 31, 2010 7:57 PM

    Might want to find someone to teach him NOT to throw it to the opposing team.

  4. Bob Sacamono says: Mar 31, 2010 7:58 PM

    Typical Lovie, this was a non issue last year and was never once brought up with Hanie as the backup. We still have holes to fix in the secondary and offensive line and he’s worrying about adding depth at QB.

  5. B The Philly Guy says: Mar 31, 2010 8:01 PM

    It’s always good to have a veteran for a back when you have a great young talented QB as your starter. But in my opinion Lovie Smith needs to worry about getting some talent at his WR position to assist Cutler in his passing game. The WR position on the Bears is whats killing them in their run game. Just having Cutler under center should be enough to put defenses on their heels but not with this group of wide receivers. Teams don’t fear their passing attack at all and man up WR and TE and load up the box which puts a stop to their run game and puts to much pressure on Cutler. Smith a defensive genius needs to focus a little more on his offense. Then they could reduce turnovers and actually move the ball consistantly down the field.
    B the Philly Guy

  6. FedorTheChamp says: Mar 31, 2010 8:04 PM

    I can’t believe Bulger has not gone to Arizona yet!! Maybe the Cards are waiting on Roethlisbergers release!! hmmmmmmmmmm..

  7. The Notorious V.I.C. says: Mar 31, 2010 8:05 PM

    That’s pretty much Lovie’s version of saying “This Haleb Canie guy sucks ass.”

  8. FloriosHairHat says: Mar 31, 2010 8:07 PM

    “It wouldn’t be a bad thing,” Smith says, “if we end up with a veteran this year.”
    Translation: Pick it up Cutler or ride the bench.

  9. Citizen Strange says: Mar 31, 2010 8:13 PM

    That’s what she said.

  10. sullijo says: Mar 31, 2010 8:17 PM

    Lovie is starting to figure out this guy is a bum.
    Good for Lovie.

  11. JaggedMark says: Mar 31, 2010 8:19 PM

    Dante Culpepper

  12. killabee says: Mar 31, 2010 8:28 PM

    Lovie, it wouldn’t be a bad thing if you and Angelo got canned and they brought in a GM and Coach who really know how to run an NFL team

  13. ItalianArmyGuy says: Mar 31, 2010 8:28 PM

    @Citizen Strange – You stole my line!

  14. BroncosOrBust says: Mar 31, 2010 8:30 PM

    Kyle Orton!

  15. packfan4ever says: Mar 31, 2010 8:34 PM

    mcnabb is better than cutler

  16. TheWizard says: Mar 31, 2010 8:37 PM

    Ringo is running out of time to turn into the “franchise quarterback” so many of you insisted he is.
    Anointing someone before they’ve earned it usually backfires.

  17. Buck Stallion says: Mar 31, 2010 8:45 PM

    you mean Lovie wants a veteran to replace Jeff George Jr.

  18. mike honcho says: Mar 31, 2010 8:53 PM

    typical lovie, a day late and a dollar short.
    he’s effectively saying, i have one year left to get this right otherwise i’ll be referred to as former chicago bear head coach in january of 2011, so i need a guy who’s actually started a game in the nfl behind cutler.
    anyone out there thinking lovie’s “figuring things out” or “evaluating talent” let me remind you of other examples of lovie’s inability to evaluate talent on his roster. (dare i even go the “rex is our quarterback” route?)
    he jettisoned chris harris for adam archuleta.
    he dumped alex brown for mark anderson…..twice.
    he dumped thomas jones for cedric benson.
    he effectively redshirted earl bennett to keep rashied davis as a starter.
    it took until the end of last season to get devin aromashodu on the field, even though cutler had been pining for him since training camp.
    it’s widely reported in chicago that lovie pushed for the picks of dan bazuin and michael okwo.
    don’t forget the gameplans against carolina, the inexplicable time out call at the end of the seahawks playoffs game, his defensive “coordinating” this past season (cincy & arizona games in particular). the point is clear by now.
    how lovie smith and jerry angelo have duped bears ownership for so long is unbelievable and depressing as a bear fan. these guys just aren’t good at their jobs, and their .500 record since the super bowl loss speaks volumes about how “good” that team really was.

  19. chicagosundevil says: Mar 31, 2010 9:11 PM

    Actually it’s an admission that he has a terrible relationship with his starting quarterback. It says that whatever he is saying, isn’t or will not get through to Jay.
    It also says that he needs an intermediary between JC and Martz, knowing there will be confrontations.

  20. DJ Lance Rock says: Mar 31, 2010 9:15 PM

    Hey Lovie, how about getting a quality O Line and defensive secondary before worrying about upgrading the backups. The good news is that you already have some strong veteren backups for the O Line. The bad news is you have 2 or 3 of them starting.

  21. dscjmc says: Mar 31, 2010 9:37 PM

    Hey BroncFanOr- how well did Orton do for you guys last season?… And packfan4ever… you’re just a douche

  22. DCthatsMehuh says: Mar 31, 2010 9:43 PM

    culpepper hands down

  23. GoBrowns19 says: Mar 31, 2010 9:46 PM

    Being a christian and all, I bet Tebow would like to get behind Cutler.

  24. this class sucks says: Mar 31, 2010 9:46 PM

    How about Cullpepper?

  25. purpleloki says: Mar 31, 2010 9:50 PM

    Lovie better worry about that POS offensive line in front of him if he wants to keep his job!

  26. kosarsmyidol says: Mar 31, 2010 10:03 PM

    The kid they had during last preseason didn’t look too bad from what I saw of him. What the hell was that guy’s name?

  27. BigBear123 says: Mar 31, 2010 10:13 PM

    Looking forward to 2012 when another coach will be providing the Bears sound bites.

  28. CanadianVikingFan says: Mar 31, 2010 10:24 PM

    They are going to need a few, especially since Cutler is going to get lit up by Minnesota’s and Greenbay’s defences.

  29. dave says: Mar 31, 2010 11:01 PM

    probably talkin about simms or someone like that
    a cheap vet FA

  30. BearsFootball847 says: Mar 31, 2010 11:08 PM

    Just a bunch of haters who don’t really know what there talking about thats why you commenting on this and not a head coach.

  31. Swedish Mafia says: Mar 31, 2010 11:22 PM

    I would like to see pictures of Lovie’s childhood….I am positive he rode the short bus

  32. stevincinci says: Mar 31, 2010 11:24 PM

    CanadianVikingFan says:
    March 31, 2010 10:24 PM
    They are going to need a few, especially since Cutler is going to get lit up by Minnesota’s and Greenbay’s defences.
    Defenses.

  33. stevincinci says: Mar 31, 2010 11:29 PM

    Hey Chicago. Dude has only been there one season. We’ve had Palmer for 7. Super Bowls don’t come easy. Lighten up.

  34. stevincinci says: Mar 31, 2010 11:48 PM

    Approve my post, darn it. Is that acceptable?

  35. stevincinci says: Mar 31, 2010 11:57 PM

    Take J.T. O’Sullivan from the Bengals. Pleassssse. No compensation needed.
    Bengal fans will pick up his salary for you. Well, maybe not. He’ll be released after the draft, so you can have him for cheap.

  36. kosarsmyidol says: Mar 31, 2010 11:59 PM

    Brett Basanez. That’s who I was thinking of. He was 10/13 for 144 yards and 1 TD during a preseason game against the Browns. He looked good, preseason or not.

  37. Mike Vick says: Apr 1, 2010 12:04 AM

    Chicago will be placing emphasis on getting back to a running game offence next season….a QB with a running game gives the team a lot of options…

  38. PurpleRaid12 says: Apr 1, 2010 12:06 AM

    Gus Frerotte

  39. The Devil says: Apr 1, 2010 12:35 AM

    citizen strange
    SPOT ON MY MAN
    i bet Lovie would like a veteran behind his QB
    i always suspected Lovie was gay, but now the devil speaks – lovie and cutler are gay!!
    and there is nothing wrong with that!!!!

  40. mikeflorioisadouchebag says: Apr 1, 2010 1:20 AM

    hey canadianviqueenfan lit up by the vikings defense? is that the same defense the bears lit up for 36 points last december? ask antwan winfield im sure he remembers…

  41. Ray says: Apr 1, 2010 1:31 AM

    Hey Lovie (and you too, Martz)! There’s this guy that’s a few hours away from you that you can have. All you gotta do is take I-55 South from Chicago. About a 5 hour drive. He’s in a city that you both are familiar with. Wears #10 for a team that you guys know very well. I believe that you both took that team to a Super Bowl once…It’s been so long, the image is fading….I’m sure by now you know who it is. Come and get him, now!!!!!

  42. Little Tommy says: Apr 1, 2010 1:45 AM

    Lovie, it wouldn’t be a bad thing if you and Angelo got canned and they brought in a GM and Coach who really know how to run an NFL team
    *********************************************
    Couldn’t agree with you more!

  43. MagicMan407 says: Apr 1, 2010 2:46 AM

    LOL Jason Campbell? He most likely is just as good as Cutler! Maybe you mean Todd Collins?

  44. DozenDeuce says: Apr 1, 2010 4:51 AM

    For the love of pigskin, I’m so sick of Lovie’s crap. Mike Honcho’s dead on. While Caleb Hanie has only played pre-season games, the guy has shown he’s able to feel pressure and has the athleticism (much like Cutler) to escape & give his receivers extra time. He’s got a strong arm, good accuracy & throws a mean deep ball.
    Teams with a good starting QB usually just keep 1 developmental backup because they realize that if both guys go down the season’s over anyway, so you might as well develope the next generation. Even if you decide to stay with the veteran in the end, young backups behind quality starters have a history of being worth high draft picks as trade bait.
    Lovie’s problem is twofold: 1) He got so used to having awful QB’s behind center and having to use 3 QB’s literally every season, he just can’t bring himself to believe that time is over. But more importantly 2) He’s scared to death something bad’s gonna happen to Cutler and his ass is gonna be riding on a backup that’s never had an NFL start. So screw the future, let’s waste a desperately needed roster spot on a 3rd string QB that will never see the light of day, just so Lovie can feel warm & fuzzy about covering his ass.
    I just threw up in my mouth.

  45. Dawkphan says: Apr 1, 2010 8:48 AM

    VICK ! Take him away.

  46. SPORTS1969 says: Apr 1, 2010 9:04 AM

    well lovie go get a veteran qb,and a veteran wr ,some lineman make sure he has the talent to start and be successful,because with that offense Jay is going to stink it up,and cough it up a TON

  47. rockinron says: Apr 1, 2010 9:05 AM

    Sounds to me like he is saying they aren’t going to improve the offensive line through the draft or free agency. So Cutler is going to be running for his life again. Instead of getting another body to get trampled behind that O-line, why not get somebody who can block?

  48. The Real Shuxion says: Apr 1, 2010 9:37 AM

    BroncFanOr says:
    March 31, 2010 7:57 PM
    Might want to find someone to teach him NOT to throw it to the opposing team.
    ————————————————-
    Jake Delhomme……oh wait…..

  49. CanadianVikingFan says: Apr 1, 2010 9:43 AM

    stevincinci says:
    March 31, 2010 11:24 PM
    CanadianVikingFan says:
    March 31, 2010 10:24 PM
    They are going to need a few, especially since Cutler is going to get lit up by Minnesota’s and Greenbay’s defences.
    Defenses.
    ———————————–
    Are you stupid? Canadians don’t spell it with an S. It’s spelt with a C, over here.. You Americans butchered the English language, afterall it started in England not the USA.
    mikeflorioisadouchebag says:
    April 1, 2010 1:20 AM
    hey canadianviqueenfan lit up by the vikings defense? is that the same defense the bears lit up for 36 points last december? ask antwan winfield im sure he remembers…
    ———————————
    Oh your funny, they also held the Shitcago Fags to 10 points the first game. And, I’m not surprised the Bears scored that many points against an Injured Antoine Winfield. And when I say lit up, it usually would imply sacks, hits etc. Idiot..

  50. bmeierho says: Apr 1, 2010 10:42 AM

    todd collins

  51. milky says: Apr 2, 2010 12:48 AM

    And when I say lit up, it usually would imply sacks, hits etc. Idiot..
    Lit up like the 2 or 3 hits Cutler took when Chris Williams handled mullet man for entire 60 minutes?

  52. Brennan says: Apr 3, 2010 4:00 AM

    @ CanadianVikingFan
    First of all, shut up, Canada blows.
    Also…
    In America, we use the word “your” correctly.. Idiot.

  53. SmackDaPack says: Apr 3, 2010 1:31 PM

    to B thephillyguy— Thanks for not killing my team. But come on pay attention. WR’s to block? how about O-lineman, my Bears get no push in the run game and can’t protect the QB. If a receiver is bad at least the QB doesn’t necessarily get crushed. Didn’t you pay attention when the Eagles beat the Bears last year? Cutler missed receivers WIDE open for touchdowns 4 times (Hester, Knox, & Olsen twice), most likely costing Chicago the game. Besides the bears receivers are young and will likely improve, the O-line, not so much.

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