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Bears waive Nathan Enderle

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One of Mike Martz’s prized pupils has followed his biggest advocate out the door in Chicago.

Nathan Enderle, a fifth-round pick out of Idaho, was waived by the team on Thursday. Enderle was on the active roster as a rookie, but didn’t see any playing time even as the Bears cycled through three different starting quarterbacks. The addition of Jason Campbell as a free agent to go with Jay Cutler and Josh McCown left no spot for Enderle on the team.

It doesn’t help Enderle that his biggest booster is no longer with the team. Martz, who left the offensive coordinator position after the 2011 season, was a big fan of Enderle’s size and arm. Other teams might be put off by lack of mobility, although he’s likely to get at least a look at a third-string job elsewhere in the league.

Enderle joins Dan LeFevour as recent Bears draft picks who were gone from the Bears without playing a game. While Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman both had their moments for the Bears, it has been a long time since the Bears have drafted a quarterback who gave them stability at the position for more than the blink of an eye.

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11 Responses to “Bears waive Nathan Enderle”
  1. supremekingz says: Jun 14, 2012 5:18 PM

    Statue Quarterbacks are becoming a thing of the past

  2. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jun 14, 2012 5:34 PM


  3. tformation says: Jun 14, 2012 5:38 PM

    Hardly knew you Nathan. Don’t worry. Martz will land somewhere.

  4. insanelomein2 says: Jun 14, 2012 5:42 PM

    How do the McCown brothers always find a landing spot as a backup?

  5. cuda1234 says: Jun 14, 2012 7:05 PM

    How do you lump Grossman in with Orton and Enderle and say he had his “moments”? He had one of the best seasons in Bears history and led the team to a superbowl! The media’s hatred of Grossman is embarassing.

  6. insanelomein2 says: Jun 14, 2012 7:53 PM

    cuda1234 says:

    How do you lump Grossman in with Orton and Enderle and say he had his “moments”? He had one of the best seasons in Bears history and led the team to a superbowl! The media’s hatred of Grossman is embarassing
    No, Rex Grossman’s play on the field is embarrassing. The media is merely pointing that fact out.

  7. millerhour says: Jun 14, 2012 8:10 PM

    I applaud management for having the first quarterback situation I have been happy with ever as an avid follower of the Chicago Bears (I’m only 24). I do however take reprise with his failure to pay Forte.

  8. 84sgl says: Jun 14, 2012 8:37 PM

    Grossman had a 1 great season. It was very similar to the year Alex Smith had last year. But I only give Rex half the blame for not continuing to grow in those early years. I am not sure if he had the proper coaches and PIECES around him to mature.

    I’m not a bears fan but from the outside looking in, Lovie Smith seems like a very solid coach but man I wish he could develop offensive players. Luckily they have Forte, Cutler, and Marshall. Green Bay better watch out because the Bears are loaded.

  9. catchhester23 says: Jun 14, 2012 9:51 PM

    Any real bears fan knows rex did not lead the bears to the super bowl. That year the defense was at their peak and a guy named hester burst on the scene returning punts and kickoffs for td’s. The arizona game…… oh and the opening kickoff of the super bowl. If rex didn’t fumble and throw picks every other play would of won the super bowl. Rex had 8 good games that year. He also was hurt for the first two years. Angelo at his best and that’s not saying much emery seems to have a way better vision of what he wants to do.

  10. sillyv6 says: Jun 14, 2012 11:00 PM

    Who cares about their QB draft history right now!!!

    Cutler is the QB and the team and the city love him. That is all that matter!


  11. j0esixpack says: Jun 14, 2012 11:16 PM

    Hopefully Belichick won’t sign him.

    As everyone knows there’s an unwritten rule that you shouldn’t sign players waived by other teams.

    We don’t need another controversy like that last one.

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