Coach Lovie Smith indicated he has no interest in acquiring quarterback Donovan McNabb, who was waived by the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday.
''I like our quarterbacks we have here right now,'' Smith said when asked if he was intrigued by the availability of McNabb.
He reiterated his position when he was asked if he expected the Bears to put in a claim for the former Eagles star, who prepped at Mount Carmel High School on the South Side.
''I like our quarterbacks we have right now,'' he repeated. ''I'm not going to start talking about guys from the outside. That should be enough for you. We have three quarterbacks here. We like them. We're anxious to play Kansas City this week.''
With Jay Cutler out at least until the final week of the regular season with a broken thumb, Caleb Hanie is the Bears' current starting quarterback. Rookie Nathan Enderle is the No. 2. And veteran Josh McCown, who was signed last week, is still No. 3 until he gets the hang of the Bears' offense.
Despite Smith's disdain for the line of questioning, it's a legitimate concern. McCown has thrown just six passes in regular-season NFL games since 2007. Last year the Bears suffered when they went with veteran Todd Collins, who had played in just three games in the previous two seasons. Collins replaced Cutler in the NFC Championship Game, but was pulled in favor of Hanie after two three-and-outs.
There have been whispers at Halas Hall that McCown has some rust on him. And Smith's tepid response to a question about McCown's progress didn't do anything to refute that.
''He's making progress. Two weeks here, that's about where he is,'' Smith said of McCown. ''He's doing a good job with some of the [scout-team] reps and things like that. He's able to run the no-huddle offense for our defense today. He's jumping right in. It's going to take him awhile to get in game-ready shape.''