Jerry Angelo’s Worst Acquisition

Todd Collins-QB-Free Agent 2010:

Todd Collins

Todd Collins

In the grand scheme of his ten seasons leading the Chicago Bears, perhaps listing a one-season backup quarterback as Jerry Angelo’s worst personnel acquisition is not fair or legitimate. Collins only played in two regular season games and one playoff game, and word has it that the signing was demanded by offensive coordinator Mike Martz.

Perhaps it is fairer to say that neglect of the backup quarterback position is the problem more than the signing of Collins, to be exact. But the fact is the Bears’ failure to win one more game to advance to Super Bowl 45 was a direct result of not having a competent backup to replace Jay Cutler in case of injury, which happened in the 2010 NFC Championship Game at home against bitter rival Green Bay. Collins was abysmal in his every appearance in 2010, including the majority of the third quarter of that critical game.

6 Responses to “Jerry Angelo’s Worst Acquisition”

  1. Roy, no disappointment here: I concur with this choice. One game alone made him the immedate contender: Against a bad Carolina team I think he tossed 4 INT’s.. Fortunately thanks to Forte the Bears still won.

  2. Thanks Mike. It’s a little odd. Very small acquisition, little money. But to me it’s #1 because had someone other than Collins been there in the NFC Championship game….a Super Bowl was on the line….and we lost.

  3. Hell, I think in the 2010 NFC title game the Bears might have had better luck with Phil Collins :D

  4. Completely agree. This is probably top 5 on the list of all-time bad Bears acquisitions. Was not shocking to me that all the guys Martz wanted did not play here for long.

  5. Roy, to your point, Martz deserves an “honorable mention” in terms of worst acquisitions. He was the dumbass that had Collins ranked ahead of (a then serviceable) Hanie. Had the Bears turned to Hanie right off the bat they might have won that NFC Championship Game. Not saying for sure, but when you look at how they both faired, you could make a credible argument..

  6. I would argue that Caleb Hanie was actually a worse decision since Todd Collins was more of an impulse decision while Hanie was a disaster years in the making. The Bears went into the 2010 pre-season without a veteran backup. Caleb Hanie got hurt during pre-season, forcing the bears to dip into the free agent market. Not sure if the 38 year old Todd Collins was the best option, but it was a very short list of options. He saw limited action during the final pre-season game. That being said,Collins was 10 of 31 passes for 68 yards and 5 INTs with 0 TDs. Caleb Hanie’s tenure in Chicago reflects even worse on Bears management. Going into the 2009-2011 season, only the Bears would have an undrafted free agent in their number 2 slot who had never started a game in the NFL. At times, he looked good in pre-season and I had nothing but high hopes for him. You may laugh at this, but because his contract was ending, I actually feared the prospect of him playing well enough to create a QB controversy or demanding a huge contract like that Flynn from Green Bay. However, after having years to develop, Hanie did not look NFL ready during his 4 starts. Had Hanie played well, he would have been signing a huge contract. Instead, he regressed and was benched in favor of some dude who had previously been coaching HS football. I’ve heard talk of it being because Hanie wasn’t well suited for the Mike Martz offense. Had Chicago actually won the 2010 NFC championship, Caleb Hanie would have gotten his first NFL start in the Super Bowl against the Steelers, setting the stage for a humiliating defeat. Now he has a chance at being the number 2 guy in Denver. Maybe after signing Peyton Manning, Denver couldn’t afford a veteran backup. That could back to haunt them.

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