Enderle may be the tipping point on Martz

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Enderle may be the tipping point on Martz

Something about the Bears backup quarterback situation is still not making sense. And it has nothing to do with Caleb Hanie, Josh McCown, Donovan McNabb or any of the usual suspects. And it has nothing to do with Jerry Angelo.

It has to do with Nathan Enderle and Mike Martz.

If indeed events transpire as expected and Martzs tenure as offensive coordinator ends shortly after the first of the year, one significant factor will be Enderle.

The problem is not Enderle, unless he is the only quarterback in the 2011 draft who cannot play even a shred of NFL football. It is that the rookie quarterback was a draft pick advocated by Martz, who was worked out personally by Martz, but has not developed to the point of being consistently up on game days.

So either Martz is unable to assess or unable to develop a young quarterback.

And failing to develop young players arguably ranks above even game coaching in the job descriptions for assistant coaches. Players are where franchises place their money and their futures.

Nathan will have his time, coach Lovie Smith said. Hes a good quarterback for the future. But that future isnt now.

So, in a year that has seen Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder, T.J. Yates, possibly Ricky Stanzi and even Colin Kaepernick (3-for-5 passing, 35 yards, for San Francisco), get on the field for their teams and just for the record, only Yates team, Houston, is making the playoffs, and that from a beyond-dismal division....

Is Enderle seriously the only quarterback from the 2011 draft who cant play?

That question is likely to be posed to Martz in the post-season evaluation meeting with Smith and Angelo. It may be the one that ends his time in Chicago.

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Sometimes the passage of time makes things a little sweeter.
 
Josh Sitton had been selected to three Pro Bowls while a member of the Green Bay Packers. At the end of training camp last year, the Packers abruptly released Sitton.
 
On Monday, Sitton was named to his fourth Pro Bowl, replacing former Green Bay teammate T.J. Lang. At age 30, this Pro Bowl was special.
 
"It's a great honor, always a goal of mine every year," Sitton said via conference call. "It's an honor to me and to the guys I play with, the guys helping me along...
 
"I would say just the age thing, the older you get, the more you appreciate them. You can't play at a high level in this game so the whole age thing makes it even more special."

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]
 
When the Bears were forced to go into Week 1 of the 2015 season with a shuffled offensive line, the situation wasn't ideal; Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long moving to right tackle as a hurried fill when neither Charles Leno nor Jordan Mills were an answer.
 
The 2016 season also began with an unexpected and significant shuffle, but this time with one that immediately bumped up the quality of the line. GM Ryan Pace moved quickly to sign Sitton after his release by the Green Bay Packers, a step that bumped rookie Cody Whitehair from guard to center, where he earned All-Rookie honors from the Pro Football Writers Association of America.
 
"It was challenging for sure," Sitton said. "It was something I haven't had to do for quite some time but it was stimulating being thrown in and needing to learn the offense in four or five days."
 
Sitton, who signed a three-year contract worth as much as $21 million with $10 million guaranteed, joins rookie running back Jordan Howard as the two Bears scheduled to play in the Pro Bowl. He started 12 of 13 games in 2016, missing time with an ankle injury but being a strong presence in a line that ranked No. 8 in sack percentage while getting Howard to a franchise-record 1,313 rushing yards even with a rookie center and a group that never played a game together before Week 1 in Houston against the Texans.
 
"I think we can only get better, now that we'll have an offseason together," Sitton said. "We'll see what we can do."