After the Bears' latest offensive fiasco left quarterback Caleb Hanie with an 0-4 record as a starter, nine interceptions and just three touchdown passes, his status as a starter is in doubt.
"You're always thinking about your future," Hanie said after being sacked four more times, making it 19 times in four games. "But you can't do anything about the past, I know that. I'll look at this week as playing a normal week. We've got Green Bay, so we shouldn't have any trouble getting up for it."
There's no guarantee that Hanie will start against the Packers in Green Bay on Christmas night. Josh McCown mopped up Sunday, and rookie Nathan Enderle has spent nearly an entire season in the system, but coach Lovie Smith wasn't ready to consider a switch in his postgame news conference.
"It's right after the game, and we're disappointed in our performance in the quarterback position," Smith said, "but I can't tell you any more than that."
Hanie, who took over after Jay Cutler was injured Nov. 20, could certainly blame the team's injuries for some of his problems. He's had a healthy Matt Forte for just one full game, wide receiver Devin Hester has been hobbled by an ankle injury, and he lost Johnny Knox before Sunday's game was four minutes old. However, he didn't want to make excuses.
"We've got a lot of good guys still," he said. "Those guys we lost are good players, but we have good guys filling in."
The offensive line has also regressed in recent weeks. In his last four games, Cutler was sacked a total of four times.
Against the Seahawks, Hanie was able to scramble five times for 34 yards, but the four sacks resulted in losses of 34 yards.
"It's been tough for him," wide receiver Roy Williams said. "We haven't helped him offensively. He's had his ups and downs. Best of luck to him the rest of the way."
For the second straight week, Hanie completed just five passes to wide receivers, and for the third straight week, the offense produced less than 250 total yards.
"Hopefully he can pick up the pieces and bounce back," McCown said. "That's the good thing about him. He's a resilient kid, and he'll be fine."
Hanie said, "My confidence is going to be there. I came out today and felt really confident; three losses and still felt confident."
But, after four, it remains to be seen if the coaching staff has that same confidence.
TRENDING: In each of the past two games, quarterback Caleb Hanie has completed just five passes to wide receivers. On Sunday, wideouts accounted for 55 yards; a week earlier they totaled 70 yards. And now wide receiver Johnny Knox has been lost for the season.
LINEUP WATCH: It would not be a surprise to see Kahlil Bell get more touches down the stretch than current starter Marion Barber, who was guilty of three egregious mistakes in the two games prior to Sunday's 38-14 loss to the Seahawks. On Sunday, Barber picked up 33 yards on 11 carries and didn't catch any passes. Bell rushed for 65 yards on 15 carries (4.3-yard average) and caught five passes for 43 yards, both team bests.
--WR Johnny Knox suffered a lower back injury Sunday and was scheduled to have surgery to stabilize a vertebra Monday morning. He is the team leader with 727 receiving yards on 37 catches, and he leads the NFL with a 19.6-yard average per catch.
--QB Caleb Hanie has thrown three interceptions in three of his four starts, all of which have been losses. His passer rating Sunday was 33.3. He had 10 completions in 23 attempts, three picks and one TD pass.
--RB Kahlil Bell has had five receptions in each of the last two games, and he was the team leader in that category each week.
--DE Julius Pepper's sack Sunday was his 10th of the season, the seventh time in his career he has had double-digit sacks.
--WR Earl Bennett had one catch for 20 yards and now has a total of three catches for 30 yards in four games with Caleb Hanie at quarterback.
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