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Bears may be desperate enough to consider McNabb

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When Donovan McNabb was available on waivers last week, the Bears decided they didn’t want him, and would stick with Caleb Hanie as their quarterback. But Hanie’s horrible game today may have changed that.

Although as of this morning Jay Glazer of FOX was reporting that the Bears had no interest in McNabb, after Hanie’s disastrous showing in today’s loss to the Chiefs, John Mullin of CSNChicago.com reports that the Bears will discuss bringing McNabb in on Monday.

Of course, teams discuss players all the time without actually signing them. And considering that McNabb has been criticized in both Washington and Minnesota for not working hard enough at learning the offense, it’s hard to see how McNabb could go to Chicago and get up to speed in time to help the Bears make the playoffs. So McNabb actually ending up in Chicago is still a long way from happening.

But the Bears are desperate. Before Jay Cutler went down, Chicago looked like the favorite to get the first NFC wild card spot. Without Cutler, the Bears have lost two in a row.

Three different coaches in the last 20 months have given up on McNabb, and last week all 32 NFL teams chose not to have him on the roster. That the Bears are now considering him shows just how desperate the situation has become in Chicago.

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  1. freedomispopular says: Dec 4, 2011 8:55 PM

    Here’s the million dollar question: Especially now with Forte out, would he actually give them a better chance to win than Hanie does?

  2. burgundyngold21 says: Dec 4, 2011 8:56 PM

    injuries would be the only reason that bum gets another job

  3. 4evrnyt says: Dec 4, 2011 9:00 PM

    I’m not a fan of McNabb but it’s always possible that this latest dose of humble pie quite possibly has lit a fire under McNabb’s heiny. Doesn’t mean he’s any good long term but he’s better then almost every FA and second string QB currently in the leauge IF he wants to try and play hard.

  4. saintsfan1111 says: Dec 4, 2011 9:06 PM

    McNabb is washed up.

  5. mataug says: Dec 4, 2011 9:07 PM

    Is Thigpen a free agent or on some team’s roster ?

  6. freewayjim says: Dec 4, 2011 9:07 PM

    “Desperate” being the key word here.

  7. jedimasterbates says: Dec 4, 2011 9:36 PM

    F-A-V-R-E.

  8. ninjapleazee says: Dec 4, 2011 9:39 PM

    I’d rather have Jeff Garcia

  9. peopletrains says: Dec 4, 2011 9:40 PM

    With Forte possibly out for the rest of the season and playoffs likely out of the picture, no way should they sign McNabb… in other words, suck for a better draft pick (Michael Floyd perhaps?)

  10. patbutler87 says: Dec 4, 2011 9:41 PM

    4evrnyt says: Dec 4, 2011 9:00 PM

    I’m not a fan of McNabb but it’s always possible that this latest dose of humble pie quite possibly has lit a fire under McNabb’s heiny. Doesn’t mean he’s any good long term but he’s better then almost every FA and second string QB currently in the leauge IF he wants to try and play hard.
    ————————————–

    McNabb’s never had that fire, that’s been his problem all his career. He’s cool and collected which is bad, but doesn’t seem to have that competitive edge or killer instinct you need, just seems satisfied with being good. I don’t see that changing now.

  11. metalhead65 says: Dec 4, 2011 9:44 PM

    dear god no! Hanie was not the reason they lost today. and more importantly if he could not run the west coast offenses of washington or the vikings how is he going to learn the martz playbook?

  12. thecathcarts says: Dec 4, 2011 9:45 PM

    can we have cutler throw with his left hand? anything would be better than what I saw today.

  13. stixzidinia says: Dec 4, 2011 9:45 PM

    3 teams in 3 years. 4 teams in 3 years if the Bears sign him. There’s a reason why this has come to be. McNabb is not an upgrade for any team in the NFL. He’d have a hard time cracking the starting lineup of an AFL team at this point.

  14. iambadkid says: Dec 4, 2011 9:47 PM

    the home team have to win with the score 38-35 for a team to be a championship caliber if you cant win at home 38-35 then you cant win in this league

  15. dalucks says: Dec 4, 2011 9:48 PM

    If there is a free agent better than the starter on your roster than you should probably sign that guy before it cost you your job.

  16. jmizzal says: Dec 4, 2011 9:51 PM

    McNabb isnt what he use to be but he wasnt out there throwing picks all over the place for Minny, Chi is too far in the playoff hunt to not give a vet QB a chance out there like McNabb.

  17. KIR says: Dec 4, 2011 9:54 PM

    If Cutler and Forte are not going to be back, I’d rather not see the Bears in the Playoffs. Don’t want to see Cowboys rejects (Williams & Barber) starting and help lose another game with the rest of that pathetic offense.

  18. flavordave says: Dec 4, 2011 9:59 PM

    No way mcnabb learns martz’ system that fast

  19. gridassassin says: Dec 4, 2011 10:01 PM

    If New Orleans wins the Bears are pretty much in the same spot with the other wild card teams.

    No Cutler or Forte… They should just save their money and ignore McNabb. SF, Nawlins and Green Bay are clearly not bearable – hell they just lost to KC AT Chicago!!!

  20. moochzilla says: Dec 4, 2011 10:03 PM

    Dude, takes more than one week to get into playing shape. Takes more than 7 days to learn a playbook.

    Even if he’s motivated. Which he won’t be.

    If he couldn’t get it in gear to stick it to the Eagles as a Redskin…he’s never going to do it.

  21. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Dec 4, 2011 10:10 PM

    Why bother at this point. If Hanie can’t do it then give Enderle a shot. No team should be like the Colts where your QB goes down and the season is gone. That’s pretty pathetic GM work there. We have to see who can play and who can’t.

    The season isn’t gone but either trust the players you brought in or fire those who brought them in.

  22. tking63 says: Dec 4, 2011 10:22 PM

    Say what you want about Mcnabb but its not like Wash or the Vikings got better after he left. Wash ..well its Wash and the Vikings still lose in the 4qtr. Mcnabb doesn’t need to do much for the Bears to make the playoffs and you have to think he would have done better than 3INTs and 7 sacks against the Chiefs. Mcnabb QB rating is 83% compared to guys like Alex Smith 91%, Hasslebeck 83%, Palmer 77% .

  23. edavidberg says: Dec 4, 2011 10:38 PM

    Anyone saying the Bears are better off without McNabb obviously didn’t watch the game today. Hanie was god awful. His decision making is putrid, his accuracy is not much better. Martz is a boob for all the deep drops he used (and the lack of help blocking, I thought he learned his lesson) but Hanie cost the Bears the game. The pick in the end zone, missing a wide open Bennett by 5 yards, taking sacks instead of getting the ball out, I’ve never seen worse QB play out of a Bears QB and I’ve watched Moses Moreno, Shane Matthews and a bunch of other turds. I wish we still had Rex Grossman.

  24. thridandlong says: Dec 4, 2011 10:41 PM

    The Cutler, Forte injuries are a disaster to Bear Fans.

    Urlacher, Briggs, Tillman and Peppers are a year older next year. Things we looking somewhat o.k until the San Diego game 2 weeks ago.

    Baseball, game of inches, football, game of missed blocks, dropped passes, and receivers falling down.

  25. comeonnowguys says: Dec 4, 2011 10:46 PM

    Road to playoffs:

    1) Cut Roy Williams.
    2) Fire Mike Martz.
    3) Whatever combination of Duct tape, bubble wrap and pain killers it takes to keep Forte going.
    4) Fire Mike Martz.

  26. shanejones1 says: Dec 4, 2011 11:06 PM

    Can you say ” Kurt Warner”

  27. shaggytoodle says: Dec 4, 2011 11:06 PM

    He coudln’t have done much worse than the QB today.

  28. thridandlong says: Dec 4, 2011 11:08 PM

    comeonnowguys says:
    Dec 4, 2011 10:46 PM
    Road to playoffs:

    1) Cut Roy Williams.
    2) Fire Mike Martz.
    3) Whatever combination of Duct tape, bubble wrap and pain killers it takes to keep Forte going.
    4) Fire Mike Martz.

    =================================

    Can we trade, Hanie, Martz and ROY WILLIAMS, for the New Orleans Saints Cheerleaders ?!?!?!

  29. 7to10for6allday says: Dec 4, 2011 11:20 PM

    Caleb stinks! Period. Why hasn’t Garcia latched on with anyone??

  30. boondocksaint224 says: Dec 4, 2011 11:22 PM

    “Anyone saying the Bears are better off without McNabb obviously didn’t watch the game today. Hanie was god awful. His decision making is putrid, his accuracy is not much better. Martz is a boob for all the deep drops he used (and the lack of help blocking, I thought he learned his lesson) but Hanie cost the Bears the game. The pick in the end zone, missing a wide open Bennett by 5 yards, taking sacks instead of getting the ball out, I’ve never seen worse QB play out of a Bears QB and I’ve watched Moses Moreno, Shane Matthews and a bunch of other turds. I wish we still had Rex Grossman.”

    1) That INT in the end zone was because Roy Williams couldn’t catch a ball on the numbers.

    2) You’re an idiot for saying you still want Grossman.

    3) Hanie has two TD’s and only two INT’s if it’s not for his idiot teammates. Barber failed to line up on the line of scrimmage on a play where he was WIDE OPEN for a TD, and Roy Williams had a ball on the numbers go off his stone hands.

    4) You’re an idiot for saying you still want Grossman.

    For the record, I’m not saying Hanie’s good. He was good enough to win this game if he got help from somebody, though.

  31. andylee4sfmvp says: Dec 4, 2011 11:24 PM

    Marc Bulger! Duhhh

  32. ninjapleazee says: Dec 4, 2011 11:30 PM

    edavidberg says: Dec 4, 2011 10:38 PM

    I’ve never seen worse QB play out of a Bears QB and I’ve watched Moses Moreno, Shane Matthews and a bunch of other turds. I wish we still had Rex Grossman.

    ———————————————–

    nothing beats Todd Collins.. that guy couldn’t hit a parked car.

  33. gerard33 says: Dec 4, 2011 11:39 PM

    it wasnt all the QBs fault, dont just look at the stats. i would blame the o-line a lot and also roy williams for literally turning a TD into an INT

  34. steelerchicken says: Dec 4, 2011 11:44 PM

    What do they have to lose? Is there talk of an 18-game schedule from GODdell? Anyone?

  35. 4512dawg4512 says: Dec 4, 2011 11:45 PM

    Noooo! We need McNabb in Cleveland!

  36. stevenfbrackett says: Dec 5, 2011 12:30 AM

    Hanie wasn’t great or even very good, but he never gave up and they didn’t get blown out.

    McNabb, however, has a documented history of minimal effort.

    Go with Hanie. He’s not as bad as he is just really green. See how he is at the end of the year. Regardless of record, is he improving right along in technique and decision making? If so, keep him as your #2. If not, see what you can get for next season.

    Unless of course you are able to sign a good QB who isn’t McNabb in the meantime, but I don’t really think there are many to choose from.

    McNabb should meet up with Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. They can compare notes on how their crap attitudes and laziness got them out the the game.

  37. stevenfbrackett says: Dec 5, 2011 12:34 AM

    ninjapleazee says: Dec 4, 2011 11:30 PM

    edavidberg says: Dec 4, 2011 10:38 PM

    I’ve never seen worse QB play out of a Bears QB and I’ve watched Moses Moreno, Shane Matthews and a bunch of other turds. I wish we still had Rex Grossman.

    ———————————————–

    nothing beats Todd Collins.. that guy couldn’t hit a parked car.

    ~~~~

    Two words: Cade McNown. shudder.

  38. staffordsyear says: Dec 5, 2011 12:41 AM

    Hey bears,grab mcnabb.signed lions fan.

  39. sfkforever says: Dec 5, 2011 1:04 AM

    damn shame really…

  40. skinsfaninnebraska says: Dec 5, 2011 1:04 AM

    The only way McRibb could help the Bears this late in the season is if he could play tailback. Because there’s no way he picks up Martz’s system on such short notice.

  41. skinsfaninnebraska says: Dec 5, 2011 1:05 AM

    ninjapleazee says:
    Dec 4, 2011 11:30 PM
    edavidberg says: Dec 4, 2011 10:38 PM

    I’ve never seen worse QB play out of a Bears QB and I’ve watched Moses Moreno, Shane Matthews and a bunch of other turds. I wish we still had Rex Grossman.

    ———————–
    You are more than welcome to Rex Grossman. He’s not doing much good in DC.

  42. dannymac17 says: Dec 5, 2011 1:25 AM

    Bring in the Gunslinger.

    We don’t say his name, but I am more than sure he feels healthy.

    boom.

  43. edavidberg says: Dec 5, 2011 2:15 AM

    (1) He threw that pass into quadruple coverage. There were four freaking defenders surrounding Williams.
    (2) The pass was off target to boot. It was a difficult catch.
    (3) Rex Grossman would have won this game. He was good enough to get us to a Super Bowl, Hanie is not good enough to win at home against Tyler Palko.
    (4) The biggest problem with Hanie is that he clearly does not have the ability to read defenses. It’s not like he does it ok and then will make a huge mistake. He does not see the field AT ALL. Urlacher wasn’t kidding when he said we should run the wildcat.

  44. phillychzstk2012 says: Dec 5, 2011 3:02 AM

    McNabb is from Chicago if im not mistaken. Perhaps another change of scenery and this time to his home town may do him some good. Not saying he’ll be anything spectacular but i can see him playing slightly above avg there. clearly better than what they have been shown against KC..

  45. redbeardxxv says: Dec 5, 2011 4:10 AM

    Aren’t Sage Rosefelds and Marc Bulger both available? Either is a better option than McNobb.

  46. theytukrjobs says: Dec 5, 2011 8:11 AM

    Bringing in a veteran like McNabb could put the bears over the top. Superbowl homeboy.

  47. 700levelvet says: Dec 5, 2011 8:46 AM

    Jeff George?

  48. theklitch says: Dec 5, 2011 8:59 AM

    theklitch

  49. hillzmickelzon says: Dec 5, 2011 9:19 AM

    Bears sign Mcnabb superbowl? Could i see mcnabb beating the packers wearing the 5 throwin passes like kurt warner under martz first year. And really its hanie or mcnabb wake up jay culter is not coming back. And mcnabb a bum? wow? Anybody seen the redskins in first place lately or how bout them eagels ?

  50. lisabearsfan says: Dec 5, 2011 9:21 AM

    As a devoted Bears fan – I am willing to accept Donovan McNabb into Chicago. We are desperate and the game I watched yesterday was the worst, most pathetic thing I’ve ever seen. He was a pretty good quarterback once and he’s 20 times better than Caleb. So bring him on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. cuthead06 says: Dec 5, 2011 9:52 AM

    before cutler’s injury I hoped we could be an dark horse. since winning the super bowl this year is going to take a miracle all we can do is wait and see. what to do is a question of the next 5 years. martz has to go. his system has its good points but he has absolutely failed as a play caller. who is a better back up to cutler long term? hanie. he has potential. he goes through his progressions, can move well and is kind of accurate. might as well give him the reps.

  52. cshearing says: Dec 5, 2011 9:53 AM

    McNabb in Chi-town just seals the fate of the Bears as losers the rest of the way. He will not win one game.

  53. pencepost says: Dec 5, 2011 9:58 AM

    The only way I would like to see McNabb join the Bears would be if Roy Williams were cut to make the roster spot available.

  54. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Dec 5, 2011 10:21 AM

    i for one would love to see don try to learn mike martz’s offense in a week. and to those who say it couldn’t get worse, how about three ground balls and out? no interceptions, but no downfield completions either. and don would really love martz’s complicated (take too long) route patterns and no protection schemes. hell, bulger is gun-shy to this day…

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