Who Will Start If Jay Goes Down?

Michael GibbonsCorrespondent IIAugust 11, 2009

BOURBONNAIS, IL - AUGUST 04: Caleb Hanie #12 of the Chicago Bears drops back to pass during a training camp practice on August 4, 2009 at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

It just wouldn't be Chicago unless we questioned the quarterback situation.

Even with Jay Cutler, who is easily the most talented QB the Bears have had in decades if not ever, coming to town we still have to ask the question.

What will happen if Jay goes down?

Currently the backup is Caleb Hanie, a second year player who has yet to see the field in a NFL regular season game. Caleb went undrafted but was projected as a fifth round pick according to experts such as Mel Kiper. Hanie actually was only active for one game last season but did put together an impressive enough preseason last year for the Bears to keep him on the 53 man roster. Caleb went 29 of 49 for 321 yards, 3 TD's and 2 Int's putting together an 82.1 QB rating. Again this was during the preseason while going against third string players. So far we have heard very good reports about Hanie during camp Cutler.

Listed third on the depth chart is former Northwestern standout, Brett Basanez. Unlike Caleb, Brett has actually appeared in a NFL regular season game back in 2006 while playing for the Carolina Panthers during his rookie season. Brett completed 6 of 11 for 56 yards while throwing for one touchdown and one interception. Besides for this one game Brett has spent his whole career on the practice squad or the injured reserve list. It has been reported that Brett is not performing well during camp which may cause the Bears to only keep two QB's on the roster to save room for a player else where.


What is Jerry doing? Every player is only one play away from playing and if that does happen do you really want Caleb Hanie to be that one player. Maybe Caleb is the next Tom Brady or Tony Romo but I wouldn't count on it. 

What I keep asking myself is why hasn't Lovie or Ron Turner come to Jerry asking him to sign an old friend.

But who may you ask is this old friend? They let Rex walk and sign with the Texans as their third string QB. For all you Rex haters out there, Rex is better then both these guys. But I'm not talking about Rex. I'm talking about Brian Griese who was released by Tampa Bay about a month ago. Currently Brian has yet to catch on with another team. Brian who spent two years here in Chicago knows the playbook and would be an ideal insurance policy incase anything were to happen to Jay and if Caleb isn't ready for the big lights of a NFL field. 

So please Jerry pick up the phone, dust off that number 14 and get Brian into camp before someone else does.