John Mullin of CSN Chicago first reported that the Chicago Bears will discuss the idea of signing Donovan McNabb today. Bears head coach Lovie Smith shot that idea down this afternoon by mentioning that they plan on sticking with the two quarterbacks that are currently on their roster.
“That’s our group. We’re going to make improvements. We’re not looking on the outside,” Smith said. “We don’t have a quarterback tryout or anything like that.”
Smith added that “Caleb’s our quarterback,” which reminds me of his unwavering support for Rex Grossman back in 2007.
Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reports that a source close to Brett Favre told him that he would consider playing if the Bears reached out to him.
The first problem here is that Favre wouldn’t be joining a team that runs the west-coast offense and there’s no time to bring him up to speed and still compete in the coming weeks. Chicago just lost Matt Forte for 2-4 weeks so there’s going to be even more pressure on the teams passing game to move the ball. Then there’s the question of Favre’s current physical condition.
I can see why Favre would consider the idea seeing that the Bears will play Green Bay on Christmas day with a potentially a shot to ruin their undefeated season. Chicago is also just a few wins from the playoffs which would give him one more shot at a Super Bowl. All of this makes but it negates what really matters. The Bears are stuck with Caleb Hanie, Josh McCown and Nathan Enderle thanks in large part to Mike Martz and his offensive system.