Whether or not Caleb Hanie feels the heat, the dynamic has changed after his second NFL start.
Hanie was given a virtual mulligan after throwing three interceptions against the Raiders on Nov. 27. It was a road game, his first NFL start and he played well in the second half.
But after throwing three more interceptions against the Chiefs last week and losing a game at home that should have been won, he's already in a position where he has to be better this week against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium.
''Oh, no doubt about it,'' Hanie said Wednesday at Halas Hall. ''There's definitely a huge sense of urgency and no choices but to go get a win right here. Denver's got a good team, so we've just got to go out and execute a lot better and fix our mistakes and make the plays when they're available.''
Hanie was expected to be better against the Chiefs than he was against the Raiders, but instead he was worse. His teammates didn't help -- a touchdown pass to Marion Barber was nullified by an illegal formation penalty when Barber was not on the line of scrimmage as a wide out; Roy Williams bobbled an apparent touchdown pass at the line of scrimmage that was intercepted in the end zone; and the offensive line allowed seven sacks to a team that came in with 13 sacks in 11 games.
That left a lot to improve upon.
''Just overall intensity, taking advantage of the plays that are there to be made,'' Hanie said. ''We left three scores on the board. We're down there in the red zone three or four times, and we only come away with three points. That's never good. We just need to take care of the opportunities that are given to us and make the plays.''
Though Hanie looked out of sorts against the Chiefs, he said he is fine with Mike Martz's offense.
''I'm very comfortable with what we're doing,'' Caleb said. ''The plays are there to be made, we just need to make them. I'm very confident in Mike's play calling. I'm very confident in whatever he brings in, and I'm confident that our guys are going to improve and that I'm going to improve and I'm going to make the plays that need to be made.''