With Bears backup QB Caleb Hanie nursing a right shoulder injury, the word out of Chicago is that the search for a backup quarterback is on. Again.
If Jay Cutler stays healthy and plays in 16 games for the fourth consecutive season, the Bears’ dire need for an experienced backup — something offensive coordinator Mike Martz publicly lobbied for — is a moot point. But that’s still an “if,” and beyond Hanie the Bears have only rookie Dan LeFevour, who has struggled, in reserve.
According to The Chicago Tribune, the answer could be Todd Collins. As Brad Biggs points out, Collins spent eight seasons playing for the Chiefs and was in Dick Vermeil’s offense, which is similar to that of Martz. Sean Jensen also makes a note that Collins worked with Martz in Detroit during the 2006 season and expressed a strong interest in signing with the Bears back in May.
Collins’ name tops the list after the Bears reportedly put in calls to Trent Green and Damon Huard.
Given the win-now mandate GM Jerry Angelo and coach Lovie Smith are working under, the Bears have taken a calculated risk in banking on the inexperience behind Culter. Smith doesn’t sound concerned about his options, per The Sun-Times.
”What are our options?” Smith asked. ”That’s probably bringing someone else in. We have three preseason games to go. Maybe it’s somebody who already knows something about the system. We have a lot of options. We’re talking about our backups still. It’s no different a situation than anyone else if you lose two quarterbacks. Injuries happen.”