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The story of Caleb Hanie is a bit of a strange one. Undrafted out of Colorado State, Hanie has managed to make the Bears invest two draft picks in quarterbacks, indirectly.
Hanie was signed as an undrafted free agent after the 2008 draft, and made the roster as the third string quarterback. He completed one of two throws in '08, and saw other various insignificant work during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Coming into the 2010 season, the Bears had selected Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour in the sixth round of the '10 draft. Hanie won the support of the Bears staff over LeFevour for the third quarterback spot, leading to LeFevour being waived in an effort to sneak him to the practice squad. The Bengals grabbed LeFevour off waivers to be their third string quarterback.
The 2011 NFC Championship game saw Hanie come in following injuries to Jay Cutler and then backup Todd Collins. Hanie lead the Bears on two scoring drives, but also was picked off twice, including on his final play of the game. Despite this, Hanie garnered a lot of support from the Bears higher-ups and was named the backup to Jay Cutler.
With LeFevour gone, the Bears needed a new young QB project for the third string, and selected Nathan Enderle out of the University of Idaho in the fifth round. While Hanie may have been Martz's guy, grabbing their second quarterback in two draft shows a serious lack of trust in Hanie.
Hanie got his chance at QB in 2011, and went 0-4. Josh McCown, who had been coaching high school football for the first nine weeks, was a vast improvement over Hanie, going 1-1 to finish the season.
Hanie got a chance to prove himself, and he proved himself incapable at this level.