Todd Collins: Couldn't catch a break

Updated: October 10, 2010, 9:24 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

CHARLOTTE -- Chicago Bears quarterback Todd Collins offered up a candid assessment of his own play following the Bears' 23-6 win over the Carolina Panthers.

"Pretty bad. Poor. One of the worst I've ever had," Collins said. "But fortunately it didn't cost us a win."

Although the Bears had plenty of success on the ground with Matt Forte and Chester Taylor rushing for 209 yards, the passing game numbers were abysmal. Collins, starting in place of Jay Cutler who is recovering from a concussion suffered last Sunday against the Giants, completed 6 of 16 passes for 32 yards, threw four interceptions and recorded a passer rating of 6.2.

"One was deflected; some of them I was just out of sync a little bit," Collins said."I just couldn't seem to catch a break. Yeah, [it was disappointing to be replaced], but I was turning the ball over, and you can't do that and hope to win."

Caleb Hanie relieved Collins at the end of the third quarter, and completed 2 of 3 passes for 19 yards. If Cutler is forced to miss another week, Hanie would appear to be the obvious choice to start against the Seattle Seahawks.

"As a team, the defense, offensive line and special teams played great," said Collins, 38, who signed in training camp to give the Bears veteran insurance behind Cutler. "But obviously, I'm disappointed with my performance."

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.