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I'm sure the first thing Bears coaches told Hanie was not to be a hero.
The team is based on a run system that yields nearly 117 yards per game with Matt Forte and Marion Barber.
Forte is also a major piece of the passing game out of the backfield.
He leads the Bears in total receptions with 46 and is second in yards with 465. Hanie should develop an early chemistry with Forte and find him with short passes and screens.
Doing so will boost his confidence for when it comes time to throw longer passes.
The passing game in Chicago does not receive the accolades of the traditionally high-flying teams, but it gets the job done.
I'm a stats guy, so consider these stats: They have seven players averaging over 11 yards per catch, meaning effectiveness on every touch.
Five players have 271 receiving yards or more, but no one has over 477, meaning they spread the ball around well.
Along those lines, eight different players have caught touchdowns, but no one has more than three.
For these reasons, I believe the offense is well-positioned for Caleb Hanie to come in right now and win.
Rather than being forced to utilize only a couple key players, Hanie will have the flexibility of multiple producers around him.
Not to mention teams still make the mistake of kicking to Devin Hester, who can put six on the board at any moment.
As long as the Bears defense remains effective, I truly believe Hanie can lead them to a Wild Card spot. Some well-timed losses by the right teams wouldn't hurt, either.