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Hutchinson aims to make most of second chance

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  1. dmq

    dmq If I'm so pretty, why am I available?

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    Hutchinson aims to make most of second chance

    By BILL WOLVERTON, Rockford Register Star
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    LAKE FOREST -- Quarterback Chad Hutchinson missed a day of surfing to join the Chicago Bears this week, but he hasn't given up the laid-back, surfer-dude attitude.


    "I'm really going to enjoy myself this time," Hutchinson, 27, said. "Last time I put so much pressure on myself to be the next Troy Aikman when it wasn't really feasible, you know, coming four years out of baseball and not enough experience.


    "I'm going to have fun because this is another lease on life."


    The 6-foot-5, 237-pound Stanford product will take the roster spot of Rex Grossman, the franchise quarterback who was lost for the season after injuring his right knee in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.


    Hutchinson took a long, winding road to Chicago. He tried out here in 2001 after giving up baseball to concentrate on football, but the Bears passed on a bidding war the Dallas Cowboys eventually won.


    Hutchinson was the 26th overall pick in the 1995 baseball draft and 48th overall in 1998, joining the St. Louis Cardinals organization in 1998. He opened the 2001 season on the St. Louis roster before being sent down to Memphis after three relief appearances. He signed a seven-year contract with the Cowboys that year.


    Hutchinson began his NFL career with 95 straight pass attempts without an interception. He started nine games that season and finished with a 66.3 passer rating, completing 127 of 250 passes for 1,555 yards and seven touchdowns against eight interceptions. But when Bill Parcells took over as head coach in 2003, he named Quincy Carter the starter. Hutchinson came off the bench in one game and was cut in July a week before training camp.


    He joins the quarterbacks coach from his rookie season in Dallas, Wade Wilson, who was hired by Bears head coach Lovie Smith. Hutchinson hopes he has time to work on the finer points of being an NFL quarterback, things such as footwork and decision making and throwing mechanics.


    "I just want to get a better grasp on all those things because when I came into the NFL out of baseball, I didn't," he said. "I just was rushed in there, and I wasn't able to do those little things that make a quarterback great. I hope now I have a chance to work on those things and get those things ironed out."


    He'll be the third quarterback this week behind starter Jonathan Quinn and rookie Craig Krenzel.


    "You can't get ready in one week to jump right in," Smith said. "In time, we would like to see Chad move up to that spot at No. 2."


    Before that can happen, though, Hutchinson has to get a grip on the Bears' playbook, which is about 1,000 pages.


    "Wow, it's huge," he said. "It's an encyclopedia, but I'm going to put in the time off the field and pay attention on the field as much as I can.


    "I basically said I'm going to give everything to football for the next five or six years, whether it's going to play in the Arena League, Canada, NFL Europe again. I want to see what my ceiling is. I want to see how good I can be, and I don't think I've even come to that point in my football career. I would regret, 20 years down the road, not seeing how good I can become in football."


    Contact: 815-987-1202; bwolverton@rrstar.com
  2. ABQCOWBOY

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    I wish him luck.
  3. Eddie

    Eddie Well-Known Member

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    Yes, good luck to him. I think he'll be a good one if he can iron out his mechanics.
  4. Yeagermeister

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    I wish him luck also and hope he ends up in the HOF.
  5. RCowboyFan

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    Now that is stretching it tad bit too far :D

    But yeah, good luck, maybe he will end being a Decent QB. I think unless he gets really better at setting up and getting that internal clock working, he wont be good.

    But he does have the accuracy and ability to read defense, if he does get better in that area, as we all know especialy pocket presense.

    I dont think he will be ever great at it, since I believe you dont learn that that easily. At least he seems to have better attitude about chances now than before.
  6. TheHustler

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    The Bears better improve their offensive line fast or he will have no chance.
  7. jamez25

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    good luck CH....see you Thanksgiving Day...
  8. LaTunaNostra

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    This kid just always ends up behind "them", doesn't he?

    Well the Bears oline has to at least be better than the one he had in Europe.

    Knock em dead, Hutch.
  9. CanadianCowboysFan

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    I hope that piece of crap is the starter on US Thanksgiving as that will be a guaranteed win for the Boys. Can you imagine how horseface will look as the Roy blitzes him? I truly believe you will see a pool of yellow beneath Hutchless :D
  10. lkelly

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    Thomas Jones seems to be doing OK behind that line.
  11. Lifer

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    I just heard that Chad and The Chicago Bears are putting out an UNPLUGGED version of the SUPER BOWL SHUFFLE.

    Chad really is making the most of his second chance.

    :)
  12. Yeagermeister

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    With guest vocalist Richmond Flowers
  13. Juke99

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    Whether ya like him or not, I think he earned his "good luck" wishes for no other reason than his toughness...

    Those games he started were games in which he took a beating unlike any that I can remember in a long time...
  14. DallasEast

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    I believe that Aikman took a far worse beating during his first two seasons here. And the more recent pounding that poor Patrick Ramsey [that's fake sympathy, btw] took during Spurrier's tenure could be considered worse than Hutchinson's, imo.
  15. Hostile

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    This is the 3rd or 4th thread I've seen about this guy.

    I ask again...who? What position does he play?

    Never heard of him.
  16. My Problem Is Obvious

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    Hutch fumbles more than an octopus juggling greased ice cubes.

    Hutch fumbles more than George W. Bush at a "Up With Islam" rally.

    Hutch also fumbles more than Elton John playing "smear the queer" in a soap factory.....which used to be my signature until SOMEBODY erased it for me. :mad:
  17. Juke99

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    I think you're right on Ramsey...he took a beating, mostly due to Spurrier's offense.

    But Aikman, I dont agree....Aikman was sacked 39 times in his first 26 games.

    Hutch was sacked 34 times in 9 games! It was like every play was a jail break...

    AND if you recall, early in his career, Aikman could at least run...and he could always sense pressure...Hutch was like a big blocking dummy.
  18. DallasEast

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    But, if you would recall early in his career, Aikman more often stood his ground and took more vicious hits than Hutchinson. I remember Hutchinson avoiding some pocket collapses by running in the direction of the opponents' endzone.

    Maybe my memories faulty, but I remember Aikman taking some serious wacks early on--moreso on average than during Hutchinson's short tenure.
  19. Nors

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    "I just want to get a better grasp on all those things because when I came into the NFL out of baseball, I didn't," he said. "I just was rushed in there, and I wasn't able to do those little things that make a quarterback great. I hope now I have a chance to work on those things and get those things ironed out."
  20. Hostile

    Hostile Driver of the Cowboys Bandwagon Zone Supporter

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    A wise old cowboy once told me..."Lord make my words soft today. For I may have to eat them tomorrow."

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