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From Cutler to Collins to Caleb

B.J. Raji, Jay Cutler

Though the Bears aren’t done yet, they’re chances of erasing a 14-0 deficit have just gotten a lot longer.

With starting quarterback Jay Cutler out due to a knee injury (FOX’s Chris Myers said moments ago that Cutler doesn’t know when the injury specifically happened), Todd Collins has taken a crack at sparking the offense, and he has failed.

Next up?  Caleb Hanie.

The situation highlights the failure of the Bears to sign a proven veteran to back up Cutler.  Sure, plenty of other teams also didn’t have a quality No. 2, but none of them are currently down two scores in the NFC title game and desperately in need of a spark.

With Mike Martz running the offense in Chicago, the smart move would have been to sign Marc Bulger after he was cut by the Rams.  Our theory in the offseason was that G.M. Jerry Angelo didn’t want Bulger to become the most popular man in Chicago if Cutler and the Bears had started off 1-3 instead of 3-1.

In Angelo’s defense, he also surely never envisioned needing Bulger in the NFC title game, since no one would have reasonably expected the Bears to get this far.

So it’ll be Hanie the rest of the way.  As FOX’s Joe Buck pointed out at the start of the fourth quarter, the decision to use the No. 3 quarterback before the fourth quarter means that neither Cutler nor Collins may return.

UPDATE:  And, of course, Hanie has sparked the Bears to a touchdown, cutting the Green Bay lead in half.

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60 Responses to “From Cutler to Collins to Caleb”
  1. andalohameansgoodbye says: Jan 23, 2011 5:28 PM

    If something happens to Haney, I hope Hester can throw.

  2. atcojack says: Jan 23, 2011 5:28 PM

    Don’t call it a comeback!

  3. andalohameansgoodbye says: Jan 23, 2011 5:29 PM

    Also, can you imagine if Chicago miraculously wins this game, yet Cutler can’t play the Super Bowl? Could they sign Bulger in the next 2 weeks?

  4. pervyharvin says: Jan 23, 2011 5:29 PM

    Ordering my Caleb Hanie Fathead now!!! Go Bears!!!!

  5. ekash7 says: Jan 23, 2011 5:30 PM

    Phillip Rivers played with a torn ACL in the afc championship game. Big ben has been playing with a foot fracture. Cutler cant play with a banged up knee in the biggest game of the season. He will never be elite

  6. 69jaredallen69 says: Jan 23, 2011 5:31 PM

    Cutler is going to get killed in the papers…if i was him i would be asking for crutches even if he does not need it

  7. firejerry says: Jan 23, 2011 5:32 PM

    Good job Jerry Angelo….cut Todd Collins tomorrow.

  8. vicktator says: Jan 23, 2011 5:33 PM

    im pulling for the bears now just because i want cutler to look bad

  9. ingloriousmaster says: Jan 23, 2011 5:33 PM

    jets/steelers just became the world’s biggest bears fan

  10. dmobey says: Jan 23, 2011 5:35 PM

    Pakcers should take a cheap shot on Caleb and put him out of the game like the cheap shot artist Bears took on Rodgers.

    Flipping losers.

  11. ncsteeler says: Jan 23, 2011 5:35 PM

    From Wikipedia:

    On January 23, 2011, Hanie entered the NFC Championship Game due to a bruised ego to Jay Cutler and second-string quarterback Todd Collins’ ineffectiveness. He drove the Bears to their first touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter.

    Hanie went on to lead the Bears to the Super Bowl.

  12. bspurloc says: Jan 23, 2011 5:37 PM

    .

    AMISH POWER!!! cakeb will lead them to butter churning vitstory!!!

  13. sundaysundaysunday says: Jan 23, 2011 5:39 PM

    Rodgers is seeing birdies

  14. njsteeler says: Jan 23, 2011 5:39 PM

    See what a good defense does to a hot QB? Rogers isn’t looking like the best thing since sliced bread is he? Well if you think he looks bad, just wait until the Steelers get their hands on Sanchez!

  15. lbijake says: Jan 23, 2011 5:42 PM

    Hainie leads the Bears to the Super Bowl. Bench Cutler, start Hanie??

  16. thehatefulnerd says: Jan 23, 2011 5:44 PM

    If the NFL was serious about ejecting players for intentional helmet to helmet hits, Peppers would be in the showers right now.

  17. cowboyerik says: Jan 23, 2011 5:45 PM

    Looks like the Pack should be able to finish this; think he will sign autographs for all packer fans remaining at stadium after his interviews?

  18. profootballwalk says: Jan 23, 2011 5:47 PM

    “UPDATE: And, of course, Hanie has sparked the Bears to a touchdown, cutting the Green Bay lead in half.”

    Bwahahaha!

  19. joetoronto says: Jan 23, 2011 5:47 PM

    I’m just sayin, Rodgers hasn’t been the same since that big hit by Peppers.

  20. cowboyerik says: Jan 23, 2011 5:48 PM

    What kind of RULE is this that if you play ur 3rd string QB before the 4th quarter your 1st and 2nd can no longer play? Who made up that rule? BASEBALL?

  21. andalohameansgoodbye says: Jan 23, 2011 5:48 PM

    If the bears score a TD to go 13-14 very late in the game… they should go for two. Who wants to get to OT with the new rule with the third string QB vs. Rogers?

    It would be a gutsy, and correct play.

  22. purpwalk says: Jan 23, 2011 5:53 PM

    mr. hanie throws an int to give GB the win

    call in mr. ziffel

  23. bspurloc says: Jan 23, 2011 5:58 PM

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    Caleb is acting like the packers have declareed there will be no harvest this season…

    never make the amish think that

  24. bspurloc says: Jan 23, 2011 6:00 PM

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    peppers was about to hit aaro rodgers shoulder till he turned in the last miliseconds….
    the helmet to helmet p[enalties are just plain stupid

  25. drgfri says: Jan 23, 2011 6:05 PM

    That’s a really BAD moustache!

  26. joetoronto says: Jan 23, 2011 6:06 PM

    Holy crap, that’s NOT intentional grounding.

  27. chargerbar says: Jan 23, 2011 6:09 PM

    Phillip Rivers played with a torn ACL in the afc championship game.

    A clarification, if I may be allowed. Rivers’ ACL wasn’t just torn in the 2008 Championship Game in New England, it was totally gone.

  28. bigbear12 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:10 PM

    Caleb best QB on the field today!

  29. heyooooh says: Jan 23, 2011 6:10 PM

    I think the way Hanie is playing is making the argument that the O-line is to blame for Cutler’s woes look like BS. The problem is as much Cutler as it is the O-line.

    I can’t believe Cutler quit like that!!! What an effing loser!

  30. lasher1650 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:15 PM

    Todd Collins should forfeit his $2 million annual salary to Caleb Hanie. Collins did not want to compete.

  31. tbd3 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:15 PM

    From Caleb to Sam Shields.

    From Sam Shields to the Super Bowl.

  32. bspurloc says: Jan 23, 2011 6:15 PM

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    WOW Caleb a NOBODY had the win and some coach called a timeout to take away that MASSIVE hole the RB had for a first down HOLY omg…………..

  33. pervyharvin says: Jan 23, 2011 6:15 PM

    You Packers are going to choke big in the SB…..Big Ben is No Caleb Hanie…..

  34. jethro007 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:17 PM

    At least Haine wants to play–unlike the wimp Culter.

  35. pervyharvin says: Jan 23, 2011 6:20 PM

    Are the Pack the weakest team to ever represent the NFC??? I think so…

  36. emoney826 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:21 PM

    Cue the music…

    Yes the bears really really really really suck..yes the beeears still suck!

  37. xtb3 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:23 PM

    which effing idiot called the bears 2nd timeout? martz the braindead old overated loser everywhere? guaranteed. bears may have tied this game if the old sideline joke didnt again stick his nose in! todays nfl madden game for you.

    btw – why wasnt collins cut after the carolina game?

  38. Burritto says: Jan 23, 2011 6:23 PM

    Really, the Bears should have topped the Ravens offer of 1-yr, $3.8M that could become $5.8M with incentives to sign Marc Bulger? Did you just get back from 2006?

  39. kate773 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:27 PM

    Congrats GB. A lot in NE fans will be rooting for you in the SB.

  40. cutjaycutler says: Jan 23, 2011 6:28 PM

    If a “franchise” QB can stand on the sideline he should be playing in the second half of the NFC championship game

  41. nitty1964 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:28 PM

    Jay Cutler walked out on his team in the biggest game of his career. If I’m in the Bears front office this should not sit well. If you can stand on the sidelines you should be able to stand in the pocket for your team.

  42. djeg07 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:30 PM

    caleb might be the next matt casel…. looks good for being thrown in!!!

  43. emperorzero says: Jan 23, 2011 6:32 PM

    Hanie was outstanding – I know the two picks suck, but he was on fire. Packers didn’t win that game – they survived.

  44. sullijo1 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:32 PM

    Will the real Jay Cutler please stand up? Thank you.

  45. footballpen says: Jan 23, 2011 6:32 PM

    I guess this is the last sport to knock off the list. The Refs did an awful lot to determine the outcome in this game. I stopped watching MLB because of the strike in ’94.. stopped watching the NBA because the refs determined the winners and now the NBA. An int, really? A hold on Taylor, really? A non hold against Peppers as Rodgers runs for many yards, really?

    Bare min the refs to scoring chances away from the Bears that ended as a one score game. Goodbye NFL.. your games are fixed. Time to give the WWF a go if they are still around because at least it is not a secret the outcomes are fixed.

  46. Burritto says: Jan 23, 2011 6:42 PM

    @footballpen

    Really? THIS is the game that pushed you over the edge about the officiating? Weirdo.

  47. wahoo21 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:45 PM

    Cutlers knee injury was diagnoised as a case of MPH…..just like when he was in Denver

  48. kennyrogerschicken says: Jan 23, 2011 6:47 PM

    emperorzero -

    If the Packers didn’t win, who’s going to the Super Bowl? I don’t think they let “survivors” into the big game, it’s usually reserved for the “winners” of the game.

  49. JimmySmith says: Jan 23, 2011 6:47 PM

    IF the Vikings were smart, they would trade for Hanie right now.

  50. kennyrogerschicken says: Jan 23, 2011 6:49 PM

    footballpen -

    Excuses already? How unsurprising.

  51. insertnamehere2 says: Jan 23, 2011 6:51 PM

    Who’s the brain surgeon that made Collin’s #2 and Hanie #3

  52. dhoier says: Jan 23, 2011 7:03 PM

    @joetoronto – There wasn’t a receiver or a defender within 15 yards of that pass, and Hanie was in the pocket. It WAS most certainly pass interference. Get over it. The better team won.

  53. dolphins4 says: Jan 23, 2011 7:04 PM

    Hanie is alot better than Chad Henne.

  54. djeg07 says: Jan 23, 2011 7:15 PM

    @sullijo1 i think the real cutler took a seat!!!

  55. abninf says: Jan 23, 2011 8:02 PM

    This means Obamao won’t be coming here to watch the Super Bowl. Thanks Jay, we owe you one in D/FW! You rule!

  56. stinkfingers says: Jan 23, 2011 9:19 PM

    Hanie didn’t embarrass himself the way the rest of the Bears QBs did.

  57. juancorsair says: Jan 23, 2011 10:17 PM

    footballpen says:

    Bare min the refs to scoring chances away from the Bears that ended as a one score game. Goodbye NFL.. your games are fixed. Time to give the WWF a go if they are still around because at least it is not a secret the outcomes are fixed.

    …and yet another conspiracy theorist crawls out of the woodwork. You aren’t a Vikings fan by chance, are you?

  58. goldsteel says: Jan 23, 2011 11:00 PM

    So the question of the day is why didn’t the Bears start Hanie sooner? The Bears offense played with more enthusiasm with Hanie at quarterback. Something that is difficult to generate with a lackadaisical quarterback as the driver.

    And what was that 3rd down play Martz called that essentially killed the Bears final drive? Sometimes Mike Martz seems to out smart himself?

    “We have met the enemy
    And he is us.”
    Pogo

  59. joetoronto says: Jan 24, 2011 6:50 AM

    dhoier says: Jan 23, 2011 7:03 PM

    @joetoronto – There wasn’t a receiver or a defender within 15 yards of that pass, and Hanie was in the pocket. It WAS most certainly pass interference. Get over it. The better team won.
    ********************************************************
    FYI, I was a neutral observer yesterday and I made comments with no bias whatsoever.

    And no, that shouldn’t have been P.I.

  60. joetoronto says: Jan 24, 2011 6:51 AM

    *Intentional grounding*

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