If Mike Martz doesn't use his tight ends this year it won't be for lack of confidence. The Bears offensive coordinator said he has been impressed by the tight ends in camp.
"We're very pleased," he said. "The tight ends probably had the best camp of all the guys on offense, they really did. We're very pleased with that group."
Martz also said that the signing of veteran backup Todd Collins is not necessarily a vote of no confidence to injured backup Caleb Hanie, who may not be able to return until the regular-season opener, if then.
"We were pleased with Caleb's progress," Martz said. "Had he stayed healthy, I was pretty confident that he'd be a real good backup. That [injury] kind of put a stick in the spokes, so to speak. We didn't know exactly when Caleb would be back. It looks like we'll get him back before the season, but you have to be careful, and we were able to get a veteran, obviously. That's why we went ahead and did that. Actually, [general manager] Jerry [Angelo] and [coach] Lovie [Smith] are more involved. They just asked me, and obviously, I thought that was a good thing to do."
Martz said he didn't know whether the team would carry two or three quarterbacks on the active roster.
"I don't know," he said. "We'll face that, week to week, one day at a time. The biggest thing with Caleb is he was making such good progress. This [injury], we don't know where he is. It's interrupted it. There's so many things that he has to get in a game and work through, and that's what the preseason is for, so missing that is hard. That doesn't mean he can't play. Obviously, we did this with [Marc] Bulger years ago, so that doesn't mean he can't do it or won't do it. But there are some things that you just need to be in a game to pick up, and a veteran kind of has that exposure."
Martz admits that he doesn't like to see his quarterback sacked, but said he doesn't think Chris Williams performance against the Raiders was a sign of things to come.
"I think with Chris, it's an aberration," he said. "I see him every day out here. I don't know what happened to him. When I look at him on tape, the technique and everything, that's just not who he is.
"I know Mike [Tice] has talked with him and they've worked through that. A young tackle will go through that. He has to, fortunately, experience that in the preseason. Imagine if that was a regular season game."