Hanie staying positive, ready for action

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Caleb Hanie would like to be on the field Sunday, but the third-year quarterback is keeping a positive attitude towards the Bears' decision to start Todd Collins on the road against the Carolina Panthers.

"I'm just one spot closer to being in the field," Hanie said Thursday. "I just got to be ready. I still have to prepare like I'm going to go in and play in the game like I do every week."

Hanie, Jay Cutler's backup in 2009, will be listed as the No. 2 quarterback against the Panthers, and is therefore expected to see slightly more action at practice this week.

"With Jay not practicing, I'll get more throws to the receivers and stuff during individual drills," Hanie said. "But we usually give the starter all the reps with the offense because odds are he's going to play the whole game, unless something happens. We want him to be as ready as possible and get all the looks he needs to start the game.

"I'll be getting a lot more scout team reps that Todd and I usually split, so it'll be good to be able to work a little more on my footwork."

After Collins left the New York game with a stinger, Hanie performed well in one series of play, completing three of four passes for 36 yards. Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz, however, prefers Collins over Hanie because of the experience factor. Collins, a 16-year NFL veteran, has played in 48 career games while making 20 starts.

"Todd is a guy who has played a great deal and won," Martz said. "He's played exceptionally well at this level, and we know what he is. He demonstrated that in the preseason that he can play at a high level. Very excited about Caleb and where he is. Caleb could easily be No. 2 right now.

"But because of experience and being in this competitive situation and knowing how to respond and manage the game ... these would be things a little new for Caleb. We know, at least I feel good about Todd in those pressure situations and would anticipate him managing the game very well and playing very well."