Bears’ D shifts focus to Tebow
LAKE FOREST – Bears nickelback and special-teams ace Corey Graham tried to remember the last time he had seen a quarterback like Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos.
“Not in a while,” Graham said Monday at Halas Hall.
Whenever it was, chances are good that Graham was playing in college for Buffalo.
A day after a disappointing loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Bears looked ahead to next week’s game in Denver.
Despite featuring a primitive option offense, Tebow has led the Broncos to a 6-1 record since he took over as a starter in Week 7.
Tebow has completed 47.5 percent of his passes this season while rushing for 468 yards.
“They cater their offense around Tebow,” Graham said. “He’s good at what he’s doing, actually, the way they’re doing it now. I saw him last week. He’s actually throwing the ball pretty well. He made some plays against a system pretty similar to us.
“I haven’t seen much like it. When you’ve got a quarterback running the ball sometimes 20-something times [a game], it’s a little different, but it’s working for those guys right now.”
By the numbers: Anyone searching for a bright spot about Caleb Hanie’s performance Sunday against the Chiefs might have to keep searching for the foreseeable future.
Hanie finished the game a 23.8 passer rating, which was the worst mark for a Bears’ starting quarterback since Todd Collins had a 6.2 rating last season against the Carolina Panthers.
The numbers emphasize Jay Cutler’s value to the Bears’ offense.
In 41 starts with the Bears, Cutler has recorded a passer rating of less than 30 once. He had a 7.9 passer rating in a 31-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 20, 2009.
Sore spot: Bears safety Major Wright sprained his shoulder Sunday, coach Lovie Smith said.
Wright’s status is uncertain for next weekend. He injured his shoulder in the first half and was replaced at strong safety by Craig Steltz, who led the team with 10 tackles.
Smith praised Steltz’s reliable performance in relief of Wright.
“He’ll come in, be steady and be where he’s supposed to be,” Smith said. “You know what type of play you’re getting from him.”
Bears bits: Robbie Gould, who missed a 41-yard field goal attempt Sunday, is 24 tor 27 this season from field goal range. … Wide receiver Johnny Knox was targeted eight times Sunday to lead the Bears, while Devin Hester and Earl Bennett were targeted four times each.