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Martz says Bears will be more aggressive with Hanie

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Conventional wisdom would suggest the Bears would dial back their aggression after Caleb Hanie’s six interceptions in the last two weeks.  Hanie was sacked seven times last week.

Mike Martz has no use for conventional wisdom.

“He did a lot of good things in that game [against the Chiefs],” Martz said via the Chicago Tribune. “We all – and coaches – all of us participated in that thing. . . . . We’ve got to get [Hanie] into the game a little bit earlier, probably a little bit still too conservative with him. He’s capable of probably more than what we’re doing with him. So, we’ll be a little bit more aggressive with him.”

Somewhere the Denver Broncos are thinking: “Thank you.”

Denver’s defense seems easier to attack on the ground. Ryan Mathews rushed for 137 yards against them two weeks ago. Toby Gerhart of all people topped 130 yards from scrimmage last week.

The Bears did not bring in a quarterback to replace Hanie. This week, both Martz and Lovie Smith insisted they aren’t considering benching Hanie.

“I don’t have any qualms about Caleb,” Martz said. He also says that benching Hanie has “truly never crossed” his mind.

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34 Responses to “Martz says Bears will be more aggressive with Hanie”
  1. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Dec 8, 2011 8:48 AM

    Hey Martz! Why don’t you check out how the Texans are handling their QB mess. Maybe you can learn something.

  2. comeonnowguys says: Dec 8, 2011 8:51 AM

    Mike Martz really is a four-year-old.

  3. stoogy says: Dec 8, 2011 8:53 AM

    The bears better beat the broncos

  4. El Capitan says: Dec 8, 2011 8:54 AM

    unleash the Von!

  5. richieab says: Dec 8, 2011 8:54 AM

    Pick Six

  6. biggerballz says: Dec 8, 2011 8:56 AM

    by cutting him?

  7. 15gb2 says: Dec 8, 2011 8:58 AM

    Toby had 91 yrds Rushing.. Minn as a team had 130.. GB^2

  8. pkrjones says: Dec 8, 2011 9:04 AM

    I’m sure there’s A LOT of things that haven’t crossed Martz’s mind… NOT throwing to Roy Williams, NOT running 5 second pass-patterns, and using your players talents instead of forcing them into YOUR system to name a few.

  9. sportsroc15 says: Dec 8, 2011 9:05 AM

    Jesus Christ please don’t

  10. broncfolife says: Dec 8, 2011 9:09 AM

    “Marz said. [Benching Hanie] has “truly has never crossed my mind.”
    ••••••••••••••••••••••••

    Careful how you use him.
    The relentless Denver “D” will sit this kid down.

  11. 7pints says: Dec 8, 2011 9:16 AM

    The headline should have read “Von Miller will be more aggressive with Hanie”.

  12. dfeltz says: Dec 8, 2011 9:22 AM

    What does Martz care, he’s going to the college game next year.

  13. Pacific NW Mark says: Dec 8, 2011 9:23 AM

    Well the Bears always know best, don’t they?

    ‘New QB? No, we’ll stick with the guy with the 40.8 QB rating.’ ‘Easier to execute offense? No, let’s add more – something might work.’ ‘Fewer 7-step drops? No, we need more to shake loose big plays.’

    Bears coaches don’t lack for (over)confidence, but at this point that’s about all they have.

  14. metalhead65 says: Dec 8, 2011 9:28 AM

    this only shows what a complete moron this guy is! he is getting killed now with his conservitive approach,god help him with the full offense. it almost got Cutler killed till he told martz to shove it. the sooner he leaves the better. I never though anyone could be worse play caller than ron turner but I was wrong.

  15. tdk24 says: Dec 8, 2011 9:31 AM

    Hey Bears, just win baby!

  16. bearsblow says: Dec 8, 2011 9:43 AM

    I can tell you this. The Bears will suck with Hanie period

  17. xxwhodatxx says: Dec 8, 2011 9:45 AM

    Martz might have some great plays in his bag but he’s a terrible coach. He doesn’t adjust he game plan ever,and when he does it usually calls for more passing if that’s even possible. One dimensional is bad but I don’t think he got the memo.

  18. pigskinswag says: Dec 8, 2011 9:55 AM

    Be more aggressive Double M? Well that could work. Maybe if he’s more aggressive he’ll throw FIVE interceptions instead of three.

  19. tombradysponytail says: Dec 8, 2011 10:04 AM

    If only the Broncos defense was available in my fantasy league, Fantasy Super Bowl, Homeboy…

  20. ditaksdika says: Dec 8, 2011 10:14 AM

    poor haine. Martz is just lining him up trying to get him killed back there, much like he had been doing to cutler. If this doesn’t prove that MArtz’s system is horrible and outdated, I don’t know what will. The guy has been in the system for years now, yes, he’s a backup, but lets be real, if the system was good, a backup could step in and get better than a 48 passer rating and put up more than 3 points.

  21. lrt79 says: Dec 8, 2011 10:17 AM

    Martz does not live on the same plane of reality as the rest of us.

    The only consolation us Bears fans have is watching our defense knock Tebow’s teeth down his throat.

  22. joetoronto says: Dec 8, 2011 10:19 AM

    Something tells me the Bears are gonna surprise allot of people here.

    That team has megaballs, never count them out.

  23. tatum064 says: Dec 8, 2011 10:20 AM

    Hanie, have the game of a life, we really need you to beat this guy and for the Bears to lay a smack down on Tebow. that way, my Raiders are tied for first.

    Cmon Hanie, you balled in the NFC Championship Game, I know you got it in you!

  24. wingz101 says: Dec 8, 2011 10:32 AM

    The formula for beating Denver now is clear: score a lot of points and do it early if youy can. Detroit beat them like that and Minnesota almost did too. But this is a bad match up for the Bears. The Denver D will completely bottle up Hanie and the MaGahee/Tebow run machine will wear out the Bear defense. Tebow for all his faults, appears to read the defenses rather well and wobbly passes or not – he finds the open man when he has the chance.

  25. 00reo says: Dec 8, 2011 11:10 AM

    translation: My new toy is less expensive than my last one so if i break it doing more deep drops w/ 0 protection, no one will care. But if he happens to complete some of those deep balls then I look like a genius.

  26. savagenation2011 says: Dec 8, 2011 11:29 AM

    lrt79 says: Dec 8, 2011 10:17 AM

    Martz does not live on the same plane of reality as the rest of us.

    The only consolation us Bears fans have is watching our defense knock Tebow’s teeth down his throat.

    …..I think u got it wrong pal. That’s never happened and wont. Tebow will run over and stiff-arm the Cubbies all the way down the field

  27. rexsuperbowl06 says: Dec 8, 2011 11:30 AM

    Tebow will go backwards this week..Negative yards passing and throwing watch…Bears would have won both games if it werent for some drops and missed fgs..Bears are still only team who can beat Green Bay when healthy in the NFC…Bear haters you are a joke and have no clue..Ive said this since Day 1 of the season..Everybody was complaing about Jay and Martz howd that work out? Jay and Martz will shred any team in the league..Just sit back and watch like I told you since week 1 and preseason

  28. asublimeday says: Dec 8, 2011 12:11 PM

    He has shown flashes of both brilliance (81-yard bomb dropped right into the arms of knox, throw was 50 yards in the air agains the raiders) and flashes of rookie stupidity. He essentially is a rookie, let’s give him another couple games before declaring him curtis painter 2.

  29. rushbacker says: Dec 8, 2011 12:23 PM

    Von Miller approves of this message.

  30. lrt79 says: Dec 8, 2011 12:39 PM

    …..I think u got it wrong pal. That’s never happened and wont. Tebow will run over and stiff-arm the Cubbies all the way down the field
    ————–

    Tim Tebow has never met a freak of nature like Julius Peppers. The Bears defense will contain Tebow’s running game…

    And by doing so will probably allow him to pass all over them.

    But he won’t beat them with his feet. If they can continually shut Vick down, they’ll have no problem with a guy who moves like White Frankenstein.

  31. comeonnowguys says: Dec 8, 2011 1:05 PM

    I’m amending my prediction.

    Broncos 24, Bears 17.

    All defensive TD’s and field goals from turnovers and immediate 3-and-outs.

  32. tshirttom says: Dec 8, 2011 1:47 PM

    the cubbies are in trouble here. They have to get a running game and control the clock but I don’t see it happening.

  33. gmen1987 says: Dec 8, 2011 2:00 PM

    Martz is burning some more bridges before he gets fired. Familiar MO for him.

  34. sfkforever says: Dec 8, 2011 4:39 PM

    Bears 30 Denver 10

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