Mike Martz adds some quarterback drama to Bears camp
Mike Martz clearly wasn’t smitten with Caleb Hanie last season and now the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator has injected at least a little drama into the backup quarterback position.
Nathan Enderle, a fifth-round draft pick from Idaho, took the second-team reps in practice on Monday, two days after the Bears deemed Hanie performed poorly in the preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field.
It was a surprise to Hanie, who declined to speak with reporters after practice. It’s expected he’ll be back with the twos when practice begins tonight, but there could be a controversy brewing before long. Hanie, an undrafted product from Colorado State, was with the team before Martz was hired in January 2010. Enderle is a player Martz personally scouted.
"There are sometimes when he's missing some throws that he shouldn't because he's just not setting himself right," Martz told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune about Hanie. "What he's doing with his eyes (and) technical stuff … the only way you fix it is by playing."
Hanie was in position to back up Jay Cutler last season but Martz lobbied hard for a veteran backup and the team signed Todd Collins, who filled that role. Now, they have a youngster pushing Hanie.
“It's good to get the mental reps in, you know, sitting back and watching the older guys do it right,” Enderle said. “But it's also nice to actually physically get the reps in and see the things with my eyes. I get a little more used to it.
"I just go in when they tell me to go in. I don't look too much into it."
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