Jerry Angelo has told ChicagoBears.com senior writer Larry Mayer that backup quarterback Todd Collins has a chance to win the backup job from injured Caleb Hanie.
"We told him that if he comes in and shows he can still play--all veterans have to show us they can play--that he can win the backup job for the season," he said. "With that being said, however, nothing is set in stone. Caleb hurt his shoulder, so we'll have to wait and see. But he's responding well. We'll monitor Dan [LeFevour] and watch where he's at too. The players are ultimately the ones who determine how the depth chart stacks up. It's all about how they compete and how they perform on the practice field and in games."
In his bi-monthly interview with the team's website, the Bears general manager also said that while he was concerned when the Bears offensive line surrendered five sacks in the first half of a 32-17 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday night at Soldier Field, the beating that Jay Cutler took was not the reason why Collins was signed.
"Hopefully it was an aberration, but it's certainly concerning," Angelo said when Mayer asked him about the offensive line in general and left tackle Chris Williams, who allowed Kamerion Wimbley to sack Cutler three times, in particular. "You don't ever want to see your quarterback get sacked, particularly five times in a half. That's not a positive. We've got to do a better job, in particular Chris, and he knows that. He knows what he's getting paid to do and he's got to do it. It's no more than that. He had a bad game; it happens. We can't have those kinds of performances any time, and he knows that. We're expecting big things from Chris, but no more than he's expecting from himself."
Despite the disappointing performance by the offensive line, Angelo said told Mayer that several players performed well against Oakland.
"Kellen Davis, Lance Louis, Greg Olsen and in particular Olin Kreutz all had big blocks on Matt Forte's 89-yard touchdown run," Angelo said. "I certainly was impressed with the run that Matt made. Frank Omiyale did some really good things in pass protection and as a run blocker. Lance Louis did some really good things to build off of what I thought was a good first game against the Chargers. There were a lot of good things. Defensively, Matt Toeaina did a nice job both as a run defender and as a pass rusher. I saw some great play from Julius Peppers around the goal line and a nice strip on a sack. We had a good handful of players who did some really good things, and we expect that. We want to continue to get more players in the mix in terms of making big plays for us to have a great season. It takes a core of players having big years to have a great season, and we certainly feel good about that core."
Angelo said he considered signing a long-snapper when veteran Patrick Mannelly injured his shoulder but decided he wanted to see what backup Desmond Clark could do instead. Clark had three bad snaps against the Raiders.
"We could have brought in a long-snapper, but we wanted to give Dez a look," Angelo said. "What we're trying to do in the preseason is simulate situations that could occur in the regular season. If something were to happen to Pat during a game, we'd obviously have to find a replacement who was already suited up. We know that Desmond can do it, as well as Greg Olsen. We were able to get Desmond's feet wet. The good news is that while he started out poorly, he finished strong. He had three or four real good snaps on punts. Again, it's the preseason. We're prepping for the season and I thought it was a real good exercise in the event that something happens to Pat during a game. Now Desmond's got the experience and he's gone through that adrenaline rush of doing it, and if we need him to do it, we expect him to do a good job."