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Lovie Smith refuses to answer query about Martz

Posted on: December 28, 2011 9:00 pm
Martz, Cutler

By Josh Katzowitz

With the Bears season nearing its end and with offensive coordinator Mike Martz in the final year of his contract, this question, put to coach Lovie Smith, seems awfully legit and somewhat obvious: So, are you bringing back Martz next season?

Thing is, Smith didn’t see it that way.

“What kind of question is that anyway, at this time?" Smith demanded, writes Rapid Reporter Gene Chamberlain. "What kind of question is that? Why would you ask a question like that anyway?"

Will Martz return?
Well, the reason why it was asked is fairly understandable, but sadly, Smith didn’t answer the question. When reporters asked Martz about the same subject, he was slightly more pleasant about answering the query.

"Obviously I would sure like to be back. I think all of that stuff works out," he said. "This is going to be a great football team and I would like to be a part of it. We’ll just see how it works out."

Martz hasn’t had the most pleasing of years. He and quarterback Jay Cutler made big news when Cutler fired a “F--- him” at Martz after he and his coach disagreed on a playcall. Martz also was criticized plenty when he seemed to forget about Matt Forte (who, ahem, made the Pro Bowl) by calling for passes on 52 of 63 total plays in a bad loss to the Saints early this season and by not designing plays to keep Cutler out of the arms of defenders (Cutler was asked in September if he could survive the year, and he hoarsely said, “I don’t know. I don’t know.”)

Martz also didn’t get much out of backup Caleb Hanie and then later blamed Hanie’s execution for a tough play-call that Martz probably had no business asking for in the first place.

While Martz is easy to criticize, the Bears offense hasn’t been THAT bad with him in charge. Chicago ranks 16th in the league in points and 20th in yards gained, which is certainly an improvement on last year when they were 21st and 30th, respectively, under Martz.

So, will he be back? Hopefully, Smith feels like answering that question next week when the season is over.

Also on Wednesday, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said he was impressed enough by Josh McCown’s appearance in his first start with the team last Sunday that he wouldn’t mind considering McCown as Cutler’s backup for next year.

“In Josh’s case, he came in here late,” Angelo told the team website, via the Chicago Tribune. “He did a real nice job. He did have a familiarity with the offense, so it wasn’t like he was brand new. He was new to us, but not new to the offense, and he showed that. We’ll have time to make that decision, and hopefully we’re going to see another good performance Sunday.”

The only other question, I guess, is whether Martz will be around next season to help make that decision.  Or as Smith would say, "Why would you even make that comment, anyway?!?"

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Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 9:24 am

Lovie Smith refuses to answer query about Martz

The whole Bears orginization is a mess. Starting with the owners! Bears fans deserve much better. 
Earth to Bears owners: Didnt last game against Seahawks when fans started leaving in the 3rd Qtr open your eyes to a big problem.
Im tired of Lovie saying"we like our OL, we like our DB's, we like our back up QB". Angelo knew what this team needed and yet did nothing to fix it! This team needs an enema and it starts with the front office! Yes i am a disgruntled Bears fan! Go Vikings!

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 11:10 pm

Lovie Smith refuses to answer query about Martz

Reporters are stupid and think they would get a scoop by asking a dump question at the wrong time. Why would Lovie say a coach would not be returning  when he had not had a conversation with the general manager, has a game left on the schedule or even know if he would be returning for the next season.

I can see why the coaches and players get upset with guys like this clown asking dumb questions.

After the season is over, I could see this being a proper question and the coach would probably know the answer as to whether an assistant would be returning as well as if the head coach would be returning.


Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 9:53 pm

Lovie Smith refuses to answer query about Martz

I also don't think Lovie will be back.
What a shame, the Bears were doing so good and then BOOM down they went. 

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 9:40 pm

Lovie Smith refuses to answer query about Martz

The problem is, Martz system is not for every team. As it is He came into town with underwhelming tools on offense save for Cutler, and Forte. It's known that his system is complex and calls for the qb to be on an island while the back is active in the passing game, just like the glory days in St. Lou.

#1 you have to have a good line for this system to really  take off and the bears did not at the time of his arrival nor do they have it now.

#2 you have to have speedy recievers that are ALSO great route runners. Route are the key with his system as he does a lot of timing patterns. The Bears did not at the time of his arrival have good Wr's nor do they nor. don't get me wrong they guys they have are not bad but not one among them stikes fear into a Db's heart.

 I really believe  Hester would have monster numbers catching the ball if the bears had a serious threat at Wr. Teams  are not  affraid to get burned by hester but often times they will have a couple guys on him.  He is still one of the most dangerous guys in the game when given space. Pure fantasy but it would be cool to see him ( hester) on a team  with better Wr's around him.

I think Martz comes back because it was evident the offense was making huge strides this season. If they can get a Big time Wr, this offense will be scary stuff.

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 9:39 pm

Lovie Smith refuses to answer query about Martz

I don't think Lovie Smith is going to be back next year.

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