Hanie is heading to the Bears’ facilities two weeks before the mandatory veteran minicamp.
This is what he had to say:
“My expectations are just to compete for the backup job, and if they need me to compete for the starting job at some point, I’m ready to do that.”
“Kyle’s done a great job and he deserves that [starting] spot. To win that backup job is my main concern, and my job is to be ready at all times to keep the team running and succeed.”
“I think it will help tremendously, last year was a struggle, not getting many reps and trying to learn at the same time. It was all mental reps.
“Now I have a year under my belt. I know the offense, so I’ll be able to progress that much quicker as far as being game-ready and being able to get the reps that I need in the minicamps and OTAs. I think I’ll be able to progress a lot faster and play fast.”
Hanie knows that some fans would like the Bears to sign an experienced backup quarterback—and that’s just fine with him. Asked what he’d say to those people, Hanie said: “I wouldn’t say anything to them. They have their own opinion. Obviously they’d prefer to have a veteran guy that’s been established. But at the same time I think I bring a lot to the table, and given a chance I can go out there and make plays and run the offense.”
all quotes from chicagobears.com