ORLANDO -- Bears coach Lovie Smith said the team has discussed the possibility of adding a veteran quarterback to the roster.
During a wide-ranging interview at the annual NFC coach's breakfast at the NFL owners' meeting, Smith said the Bears opted against adding a third quarterback in 2009 after looking at the landscape.
Smith, though, noted that was an exception and highlighted several reasons a veteran could benefit the group, which currently includes starter Jay Cutler and Caleb Hanie.
"It wouldn't be a bad thing if we end up with a veteran," Smith said, "and that has nothing to do with Caleb Hanie.
"We think Caleb is a heck of a football player. But, when you do go with two quarterbacks, it is a little scary each week. You never know."
Smith said a veteran could be a sounding board for Cutler and likened that player to a second coach.
"Probably more so than any other position, you can have even an older veteran around," he said, "because unless there's an injury, it's not like he's going to be physically beat up every day."
Here are some other highlights:
* Smith said Devin Hester will be a full-time receiver and also handle punt returns. So no kickoff returns for him.
* Smith said Brian Urlacher is healthy and said on two occasions that the middle linebacker is still "the face of the franchise."
* Smith said he expects "pretty much 100 percent" of his players to attend the start of the voluntary off-season conditioning program on Monday.
* Smith said he hasn't committed Julius Peppers to one side.
* Smith said he would like to "lock" Israel Idonije into defensive end more than tackle and "see how good he can be" (on the outside).
* Smith said he fully engaged tight end Greg Olsen when the team was looking to add an offensive coordinator and before they added tight end Brandon Manumaleuna.
* Smith reinforced that the Bears will not become a pass-heavy team. "We're in Chicago. It's not going to change. We'll continue to run the football. We just want to be able to pass the football, too."
* Smith said Nick Roach will, at this point, get the initial looks at strongside linebacker, ahead of Hunter Hillenmeyer and Jamar Williams.
* Smith said he was on board with the team's decision to vote yes for the new overtime rule modification. "We voted for the rule, so that's what I liked. That's it," he said.
* Smith said the club felt it was time to give cornerback Nathan Vasher a chance at a fresh start. "You want to be fair with the veterans," he said. Time for the player and the team to move on, Smith said.