Caleb Hanie is no longer the Bears’ starting quarterback. Unfortunately for Bears fans, that’s not because Jay Cutler is healthy.
Bears coach Lovie Smith has decided to bench Hanie and replace him with Josh McCown.
It’s easy to see why Hanie has been benched: He’s been terrible since taking over for the injured Cutler, and the Bears have gone from looking like the best NFC wild card team to losing every game with Hanie as the starter.
Unfortunately for the Bears, they’ll have to win at Green Bay on Christmas night and then beat the Vikings in Week 17 just to have a chance to make the playoffs, and even then they’ll need plenty of help. So no matter what McCown can do, it’s likely too little, too late.
Sunday against the Packers will be McCown’s first start since he started nine games for the Raiders in 2007.