Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said Caleb Hanie ''has to take the brunt'' of the responsibility for his three-interception performance in a 10-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last week, but cautiously expressed confidence in his fourth-year quarterback.
''I'm confident in the fact that I know Caleb has the makeup we need to win,'' Angelo said in an exclusive interview with Larry Mayer of the Bears' web site, chicagobears.com. ''But he's got to go out and perform to his abilities and take care of business.''
Angelo echoed the sentiment of coach Lovie Smith that Hanie also needs better support than he received against the Chiefs.
''The players around him have to do [play better],'' Angelo said. ''It's not a one-man show. Everyone has to do their job. They don't have to do any more than that, just do your job. Unfortunately, we had too many miscues -- mental and physical -- that created issues in terms of being able to get the job done.''
Hanie was 11-for-24 for 133 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions for a 28.3 passer rating Sunday. But he had one touchdown pass to Marion Barber nullified by an illegal formation penalty (Barber, lined up as a wide receiver, was not on the line of scrimmage), and lost another touchdown when Roy Williams bobbled a pass at the goal line that was intercepted in the end zone.
''I think 14 points would have gotten it done,'' Angelo told Mayer. ''And in that scenario we're sitting here feeling better about Caleb and saying, 'Hey, he needs to improve, but it was great that he did those things and won.'
''Unfortunately, we didn't win. It's not all his fault, but he's got to take the brunt of it. It was a Murphy's law game for us and we weren't able to overcome it.''
Angelo said it's too late in the season to sign a proven quarterback, such as Donovan McNabb.
''As I said when we brought in Josh McCown, it was with the understanding that whoever we brought in has to have a familiarity with the offense,'' Angelo said. ''We have only four games remaining. If that individual has to play, he's got to know as much as he can about the offense.
''That's really it. I'm not saying McNabb can't play. He's just not as familiar with our offense and we don't have the time to be grooming a backup given our situation.''
As for Brett Favre, who was reported to be open to listening to the Bears ...
''I'm not even factoring Brett Favre into the equation because he hasn't played or even practiced from the preseason on,'' Angelo said. ''We're all still assuming he's in great shape and frothing to come back and play football, which we all know is not true. So the Favre thing is just a fantasy.''