After another abysmal start by Caleb Hanie, Bears coach Lovie Smith still backed his current trio of quarterbacks with starter Jay Cutler recovering from thumb surgery.
Namely, Chicago native Donovan McNabb is the most high-profile free-agent available, but Smith made clear his answers are already at Halas Hall. Currently backing up Hanie is rookie Nate Enderle, followed by veteran Josh McCown.
"That's our group. We're going to make improvements with our group, like all positions," Smith said. "We're not looking on the outside. We're not having a quarterback tryout or anything like that.
"These are our guys and they're all going to get better."
Smith also made clear that Hanie remains the starter and that the backups won't get increased snaps, as the Kansas City Chiefs did last week with Tyler Palko and Kyle Orton.
"Caleb's our quarterback," Smith said, "and he, like the rest of or team, didn't play well yesterday. But give us a little bit of time," Smith said. "There's this week -- hopefully we'll see some improvements this week, for our football team."
In his first NFL start, against the Oakland Raiders, Hanie posted a rating of 56.9, tossing two touchdowns and three interceptions. In his second start, though, Hanie was even worse, tossing three interceptions with no touchdowns. He also completed just 45 percent of his passes.
His passer rating was. 23.8.
"Caleb can run our offense," Smith said. "We had opportunities yesterday. We need to hit a couple of routes. But we had our chances yesterday."
During an appearance on ESPN's Mike and Mike radio program, Bears receiver Devin Hester said it would be a "waste of time" to bring in a quarterback who isn't familiar with Mike Martz's offense.
"It's one of the more difficult offense to run," Hester said on the show. "So to get a quarterback that hasn't been in that offense, right now it's going to be a waste of time. I guess we'll stick with the guys we have right now and hope we get better with those guys."