When I first saw the news that Jay Cutler had broke his hand, I was afraid to say that I was happy about it. I never root for injury and I like seeing teams that are 100% healthy. That being said, I'm very happy that Jay Cutler won't be playing football this weekend in Oakland. However, I'm not exactly looking forward to playing against Cutler's backup, Caleb Hanie.
My only memory of Caleb Hanie is his second half appearance in last year's NFC Championship game. After Green Bay knocked out Cutler and Todd Collins, the Bears turned to Hanie. Trailing 14-0, Hanie looked very good and actually made it a competitive game. Here's a recap of what he did from ESPN:
Then little-known backup Caleb Hanie and the Bears (12-6) actually made it a game.Chicago's third-string quarterback rallied the Bears for a touchdown drive to cut the lead to 14-7 after Chester Taylor's 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter
Hanie had a chance to tie the game after the Bears' defense finally got a few stops, but threw a ball straight to Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji, who lumbered 18 yards into the end zone for a touchdown to give the Packers a 21-7 lead.
But Hanie wasn't finished. He threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Earl Bennett to again cut the lead to seven points with 4:43 left.The Bears forced a punt and got the ball back with under 3 minutes left. Hanie drove the Bears to the Green Bay 29-yard line, then threw a fourth-down interception to Sam Shields -- the rookie's second of the game
I know that is an extremely small sample size, but I remember that game well and I thought Hanie was impressive. This morning I wanted to find out a little more about him, so I found this profile of Hanie written by Kevin Seifert: http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/34650/who-is-caleb-hanie
Here are some highlights:
Who is Caleb Hanie? Bears fans know him as a 26 year old, athletic scrambler with a live arm who has produced some exciting preseason moments.....
Playing style: The best way to describe Hanie's game is "wide open." He is quick to leave the pocket and fast enough to make plays when he does it. In parts of 13 career preseason games, Hanie has scrambled 17 times for 92 yards and a touchdown.
Ugh, an athletic QB who can pick up yards on the ground? The thought of Hanie running all over our D gives me Tebow flashbacks... But the profile isn't all good. Apparently, Hanie has an issue with turning over the ball:
That style has left him open to turnovers, however. He has committed eight turnovers in those preseason games, including six interceptions.
So I guess there are still some reasons he's a second string QB..
I know that all of this is based on an extremely small sample size, but this is all we have to go on. How do you think Hanie will do against the Raiders D? Will he be a scrambling touchdown machine or will he be a turnover prone second string QB?