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Bears keep looking for a backup to Cutler

NFL_cutler1_250.jpgThe Bears searched in the offseason for a veteran backup to starting quarterback Jay Cutler.  A perfect candidate — Marc Bulger — was available for weeks, but the team never made a serious push for him, possibly because Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo doesn’t want to be pressured to bench Cutler if the team doesn’t win enough games in September and October.  If the No. 2 option is no one that anyone thinks would be any good, there will be no calls for the backup to supplant a struggling starter.

But now that Caleb Hanie is out with a shoulder injury, the Bears have no choice.  As Rosenthal pointed out last night, they’ve again tried to persuade Trent Green to put himself in line for yet another concussion, and Green’s battered brain remains smart enough to stay retired.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune has reported that Todd Collins, 38, has become the team’s next target.  We’ve heard rumblings that Josh McCown has been considered, but we’re told that McCown won’t be joining the Bears.

Beyond Green, Collins, and McCown, there aren’t a ton of options — especially since the Bears don’t intend to pay very much.

“Part of it has to do with the money,” Angelo said when training camp opened, per Biggs.
“Usually when you pay your starter the kind of money that we paid Jay,
the backups don’t make a lot of money.”

Still, it’s clear that something needs to be done.  Rookie Dan LeFevour threw five interceptions in practice on Monday.

Regardless of whether the Bears dust off Collins or McCown or Green or Jeff Garcia or Jeff George or Jeff Blake or Jeff Hostetler, it’s clear that, for 2010, they’ll be pinning their entire hopes on Jay Cutler not only staying healthy, but also being effective in his first season operating under the Mike Martz offense.

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  1. realitypolice says: Aug 17, 2010 8:54 AM

    “Part of it has to do with the money,” Angelo said when training camp opened, per Biggs. “Usually when you pay your starter the kind of money that we paid Jay, the backups don’t make a lot of money.”
    =============
    I dunno. The Eagles just gave Kevin Kolb a 10 million signing bonus but managed to pay their backup, whom nobody would give them even a 5th round pick for before the draft, 6 million in salary and roster bonus.
    So some teams apparently are capable of paying their top 2 QB’s alot of money, even when one is completely unproven and one was completely unwanted by every other team in the league.

  2. Wonka says: Aug 17, 2010 8:56 AM

    Trading all of those picks for Chandler Bing just looks worse and worse…

  3. dunkingonuts says: Aug 17, 2010 8:57 AM

    Yeah like those would be better options if Cutler struggles! Hey why don’t you add Jamarcus Russell to that list..!

  4. Krow says: Aug 17, 2010 9:09 AM

    One thing would help a lot. You see this picture? The helmet on the back of the head. He needs to stop doing that. Makes him look like a moron. Image baby, image.

  5. Fast Richie says: Aug 17, 2010 9:15 AM

    I am continually disgusted by Jerry Angelo’s antics. He thinks he’s smarter than every GM in the league. When in actuality year after year what he proves is that he’s dumber than most of them!
    Repeat after me …
    ANGELO MUST GO! ANGELO MUST GO! ANGELO MUST GO!

  6. GoOrange says: Aug 17, 2010 9:15 AM

    Chicago soon to be working out a trade for…
    Pat White?
    It had to be said.

  7. Buffalo Hogan says: Aug 17, 2010 9:16 AM

    Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Bills can go with Edwards/Brohm/Brown making fitz a luxury.

  8. jj jones says: Aug 17, 2010 9:17 AM

    Stan Gelbaugh is available

  9. Jim Birt says: Aug 17, 2010 9:19 AM

    how busy is Kurt Warner

  10. BaltimoreSports says: Aug 17, 2010 9:20 AM

    Ravens might be interested in a trade for a CB

  11. Nevisyakker says: Aug 17, 2010 9:22 AM

    And with the Bears offensive lining being what it is they had better find someone who can play a little because the odds of Cutler surviving the season can’t be good.
    MN did everything but put a “for Sale” sign on Sage Rosenfeld Saturday night (34 attempts in the 1st preseason game!). Not sure they want to give Chicago any help but a deal’s a deal.

  12. cowboyjesc says: Aug 17, 2010 9:34 AM

    that might wanna worry about getting a quality “Starting” QB first .

  13. Canned Heat says: Aug 17, 2010 9:42 AM

    Is Phil Simms’ kid still in the league or did he Marinovich himself out of it already…?
    Tell him there’s sometimes “snow” on the field and he may play in Chicago for free….

  14. thebronconator says: Aug 17, 2010 9:43 AM

    Trade Brady Quinn for a Chicago style pizza!!!

  15. Anarcho Purplism says: Aug 17, 2010 9:46 AM

    When Favre comes back, Sage Rosenfels becomes an obvious candidate. Even Tavaras Jackson
    But, the Purple can’t let a QB and the Xs & Os of the offense go to another team in the division.
    I concur, someone from Buffalo is at the top of the list.

  16. billsfan1 says: Aug 17, 2010 9:47 AM

    it has nothing to do with money, it has everything to do with cutlers fragile ego… sure he appears cocky and to have a big ego but the fact is last year he was awful. he needs to be protected and angelo needs the peoples approval for everything they gave up for cutler. face it, right now kyle orton looks like a better nfl qb than cutler right now.
    either that or angelo has no balls because he should be able to come out and say yes marc bulger is the back up and no were not pulling cutler. he is our guy through thick and thin or int after int after int…………
    this is a much deeper issue than how much to spend on a back up qb

  17. robert ethen says: Aug 17, 2010 9:59 AM

    So what is Cutler’s charisma ranking among NFL QBs? He isn’t Philip Rivers ugly (few are), but he is at least Roethlisberger ugly. He is far more morose than Rivers, but probably not as dumb as Roethlisberger. Despite the multiple chins, he isn’t as fat as J. Russell.
    It’s really a pick ‘em situation, and probably depends on what you’re not looking for as the face of your franchise.

  18. broncotrimmer says: Aug 17, 2010 10:08 AM

    They can have Brady Quinn……..

  19. jimmySee says: Aug 17, 2010 10:08 AM

    Brian Brohm could do great in Chicago!

  20. Mattchew182 says: Aug 17, 2010 10:24 AM

    We should have upped the ante and given up a 6th rd pick to get Shaun Hill who was good in Martz’ system in SF. He would have given us a vet backup that isn’t using a walker or one concussion away from eating his meals out of a straw. Angelo screwed the pooch on this one but Lovie is the one that really needs to go. They go get Martz and he wants Knox and D.A. as his starters and right away Lovie continues his dillusion that Hester is a #1 wideout. He would be perfect in the slot in this system and he would be able to concentrate on his return game more. Knox and DA can run block better also. Lovie is a bum and he needs to go!!!!

  21. Dbellina says: Aug 17, 2010 10:24 AM

    Jeff Garcia. Problem solved.

  22. Chapnasty. says: Aug 17, 2010 10:26 AM

    So Lafevour has a bad day and his career is shot? Wow, genius!

  23. purpleguy says: Aug 17, 2010 10:31 AM

    I’m sure the combination of the Bears’ strong O-line and Martz’s QB exposing system, won’t result in the need for a backup QB — till the 3rd game of the season.

  24. andyprough says: Aug 17, 2010 10:32 AM

    one word: Kordell

  25. Mikesmith917 says: Aug 17, 2010 10:43 AM

    The bears making a move for Kitna would make sense. He threw for over 4000 yards twice under Martz.

  26. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Aug 17, 2010 10:52 AM

    Wow–the Packers are going to walk away with the NFC title this year.

  27. Securb says: Aug 17, 2010 11:02 AM

    I wonder how many times they have hung up on Dantre Cullpepper this week.

  28. redscare says: Aug 17, 2010 11:04 AM

    This seems like a clear indication that the Bears’ leadership is hurting the team. The Bears have more potential than all these personnel difficulties indicate, so the troubles must be pointing to something else.

  29. steveoz49 says: Aug 17, 2010 11:05 AM

    What’s Chad Pennington doing these days? Trade for Bulger, that could be another option.

  30. football24-7 says: Aug 17, 2010 11:13 AM

    TO ALL BEARS FANS!!! you guys are in great shape. so dan L. had a bad game big deal, he will be your starter by mid season watch n see. move over jay C…

  31. nooner2 says: Aug 17, 2010 11:18 AM

    they better figure it out soon. Detroit is gonna put some serious heat on Cutler.

  32. bubbysband says: Aug 17, 2010 11:22 AM

    They can have Troy Smith from the Ravens, please take him!!!

  33. DaVikes says: Aug 17, 2010 11:43 AM

    The Bears are missing the obvious – Jeff George. He will play for free, but he wants to start. Of course, by mid-season, he should be doing that.

  34. JaggedMark says: Aug 17, 2010 11:44 AM

    Vinny Testaverde

  35. 34swtns says: Aug 17, 2010 12:24 PM

    Jeff Garcia? We’ll take him.

  36. fordlaw says: Aug 17, 2010 12:40 PM

    Probably any 07 QB except Kolb.

  37. NFC North Resident says: Aug 17, 2010 12:46 PM

    if most teams’ starting qb goes down, their season is finished. I don’t know why the Bears’ search for a backup camp qb is such a source of interest, among bloggers and the hordes of internet soapboxers…

  38. LAEaglefan says: Aug 17, 2010 12:57 PM

    Maybe they can coax Ryan Leaf out of retirement? Tim Couch anyone? Maybe Ron Jaworski wants to make a comeback??

  39. Dewey Axewoond says: Aug 17, 2010 4:36 PM

    robert ethen says:
    August 17, 2010 9:59 AM
    So what is Cutler’s charisma ranking among NFL QBs? He isn’t Philip Rivers ugly (few are), but he is at least Roethlisberger ugly. He is far more morose than Rivers, but probably not as dumb as Roethlisberger. Despite the multiple chins, he isn’t as fat as J. Russell.
    It’s really a pick ‘em situation, and probably depends on what you’re not looking for as the face of your franchise.
    _________________________________
    I guess the real question here is…are any of them as GAY as you?
    Of course, if you want to watch football for the sake of judging how handsome the QB’s are, or whether their particular personalities make them suitable boyfriend material for you, or whatever, knock yourself out.
    Whatever tickles your pickle, Perez.

  40. Dewey Axewoond says: Aug 17, 2010 4:47 PM

    NFC North Resident says:
    August 17, 2010 12:46 PM
    if most teams’ starting qb goes down, their season is finished. I don’t know why the Bears’ search for a backup camp qb is such a source of interest, among bloggers and the hordes of internet soapboxers…
    ______________________________
    Finally, some SENSE.
    And for some perspective–in 45 career games at Vandy, he never missed a start.
    Don’t think he’s missed any at the NFL-level, either.
    Fact is, Flo-hole & co. have made a sport of mocking the Bears all off-season, but we’ll see who laughs last.
    These are the same “experts” that at this time last year gave us the REDSKINS as their pick for Super Bowl Champs.
    See?

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