Stand by your QB

Lake Forest - Lovie Smith didn't hesitate to back Jonathan Quinn on Monday. The Bears plan to use the bye week to get Quinn additional reps with the first team offense.

"Jonathan Quinn's play will get better," Smith said. "We felt like he set a bar. He didn't play as well as he will coming up but I think he did some good things. He's our quarterback."

Quinn's passer rating of 81.1 was better than Donovan McNabb, but the numbers were deceiving. He posted career highs in pass attempts (43) and completions (26), however, 11 of his completions came in the last two drives of each half against prevent defensive coverage for 112 of his yards.

Despite being inaccurate with his passes for most of the game, Smith is giving Quinn the benefit of the doubt.

"Whenever you do something for the first time you'll be a lot better later on. That was the case with Jonathan," smith said. "He made a couple bad throws early. Most guys do that."

The start against the Eagles was Quinn's first since Nov. 18th, 2001. The hope is that the rust will be shaken off during the bye week and the passing game will take a step forward in Quinn's second start as it did with Rex Grossman in the season opener to Week 2.

"Our quarterback position as a whole for our team played better the second game than it did the first," Smith said. "We have to say the quarterback position will do the same with Jonathan's first game going to his second."

Without improvement from Quinn the running game will continue to struggle. Thomas Jones had his worst game as a Bear, rushing just 13 times for 32 yards, which can be attributed to six three-and-outs as well as the fact the Bears fell behind early and had to rely on the pass.

"They were on the field almost the majority of the time in the first half so that had as much to do with it as anything," Smith said. "Looking back in hindsight would we have liked to have run the ball a lot better? Yeah, we're a running team."

The Soldier Field crowd grew tired of seeing Quinn consistently miss his intended target and quickly began to boo the quarterback.

With the next game at home against Washington a similar performance will only increase fans disapproval.

"We lost our starter. Jonathan is our guy. Good or bad you can't start putting guys up on your shoulders if they have one good game or kick them out of the house if they have a bad one," Smith said. "It's a long year, he'll play better the second time than he did the first."

Home Cooking: David Terrell caught nine of Quinn's 26 completions against the Eagles. It's the highest single-game catch total of Terrell's career and he also went over the century mark in receiving yardage for the second time in four games. Both of the efforts have come at Soldier Field.

Conversely Terrell has been shutout in two road games.

"Two of the games we really went to him a lot and he made plays," Smith said. "Then other two we really didn't have to or we didn't for whatever reason so I think David is having a very good season so far with what we have asked him to do. There will be times when we really have to lean on him a lot more than others."

Cramming: Recently signed Chad Hutchinson is taking a crash course from QB coach Wade Wilson on the offense. Hutchinson could see some additional reps during the bye week, but it could take him a few weeks to have an adequate command of the playbook.

" I missed out on all the off-season and all the mini-camps all the quarterback camps the whole training camp and a month of the season. So it's a lot of makeup work to do, but I'm going to do as much as I can as quickly as I can," Hutchinson said.

Roster Move: The Bears waived guard David Miller from the practice squad on Monday and now have one spot open spot on the eight-man list.

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