Cutler Ruled Out, Collins to Start for Bears vs Panthers

Doesn't Todd Collins look excited to be making his first start since 2008? (Photo courtesy of Chicago Tribune)

Jay Cutler will be tucked safely away on the sidelines (or possibly cuddled up on the couch next to Kristen Cavallari) on Sunday after an independent doctor failed to clear him to play against the Panthers.  This from Chicago Breaking Sports:

Cutler practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, but after being examined by an independent doctor, it was determined that although he was making progress in his recovery from the injury, he shouldn’t play against the Panthers.

Gee, I thought the Bears’ doctors or Lovie Smith read my Lower the Boom post which said Cutler should sit.  Thankfully the NFL has a process in place to protect players from this situation.  Had it not been for the independent doctor, I can assure you Cutler would be rushed back.  Lovie and Co. have their jobs on the line after all.

I think the Bears are making a HUGE mistake starting Collins over Caleb Hanie.  Hanie was the Bears’ top choice to be Cutler’s backup before a shoulder injury sidelined him for a few weeks in the preseason.  Collins looked lost, old, slow… name your adjective for just plain bad against the Giants.  He left the game with a stinger after a vicious hit.

Hanie came in to relieve him and actually looked competent.  He was able to move around in the pocket and move the ball a little bit, functions that are important when the offensive line and running game struggled as much as they do for the Beloved.

If the Bears want to have any chance against the Panthers on Sunday, they MUST run the ball, no two ways about it.  It’s time for Mike Martz to dust that portion of the 10,000 page playbook off and start running the damn ball.

It’s time to start getting some return on the Chester Taylor/Brandon Manumaleuna part of the offseason spending spree and use these guys to help establish a ground game.  Absent that, I’m afraid it could be a long day for Todd Collins/Caleb Hanie or whoever else lines up under center for the Bears.


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  • deez

    This could be a disaster for the Bears. As unproven as Hanie is, he should be the one starting. He is much more mobile and can throw downfield. Collins is one hit away from retirement.

    The only thing Collins has going for him is that he has thrown 1 INT (last week in New York) in the last 13 years. So, well, there’s that.

  • pchav

    Please say it ain’t so!! My gosh why are these Yahoo’s starting Collins over Hanie. Geez, give the kid (Hanie) a chance to prove something. Collins looked old on Sunday. At least with Hanie we had a little life and youth out there rather than a stagnant offense.

    More disfunction from the top!

  • Ronman

    The Bears are unbelievable! The are the laughing stock of the NFL when it comes to QB’s. Now they have found the only QB in NFL history that went 13 years between interceptions and inserted him in the starting unit. They have Caleb Hanie, who for three straight years has been their best performing QB in the preseason(including Cutler), yet they drag this never-been out of the dust and give him the starting job. If they don’t want to give Hanie his shot, why don’t they just cut him? No wonder Bear fans are so frustrated.

    • pchav

      I agree with you! Who really is driving this clown car that we call a front office for the Chicago Bears administration? It’s crazy

  • myron

    So I’m not alone in thinking that we need to start Hanie.
    If Hanie doesn’t play, then we lose. Unless of course, the defense takes it upon themselves to play both ways and score the points for us. Hey Martz, you seem to like the gadget plays, how about using one from 85? Let Peppers be the lead blocker for Forte when we’re on the goal line.