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Lovie Smith noncommital on Mike Martz's return

Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:54 pm
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Will Lovie Smith bring Mike Martz back for another year in Chicago? (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

A week ago, Bears head coach Lovie Smith refused to answer questions about his offensive coordinator Mike Martz. During his end-of-season press conference Monday, Smith was again asked about Martz, who's two-year contract expired Sunday.

“I haven’t talked to the coaches, so I’m not going to talk to you about any of them right now, and I think you can understand that,” he said according to ESPNChicago.com. “Mike did a super job for us. He had a lot of injuries this year. I think you guys know how I feel about him. But this is a new year coming up, and we’ll see how that goes.”

Via the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, Smith added that the Bears "did a lot of good things offensively. But right now we're evaluating everything. Mike's a part of that. Mike is a guy that's been around a few years. Got to have a chance to sit down with Mike to see exactly which way he wants to go and which way we want to go."

Biggs points out that the previous offensive coordinator under Smith, Ron Turner, was canned the day after the 2009 season.

Martz has indicated previously that he'd like to return, even though he and Jay Cutler haven't always seen eye to eye about the offensive philosophy -- one that, early in the season, saw many plays end with the team's franchise quarterback picking himself up off the ground after a sack.

The Jets' Brian Schottenheimer was one of the few offensive coordinators under more scrutiny this season than Martz. But his head coach and general manager couldn't come to his defense quickly enough during their Monday presser.

Smith was much less effusive. Maybe that means everything or perhaps it means nothing. After all, Smith stuck by Martz last season despite similar concerns about his play-calling.

Biggs writes that some Bears officials are concerned "Cutler, his receivers and the line would work in a system that emphasizes getting the ball out quickly, not relying on so many seven- and five-step drops," before noting that Chicago QBs have been sacked 105 times since Martz arrived in 2010.

The 49ers went to a quick-passing offense that relied on a solid running game and look how that turned our for them. Why can't the Bears be successful doing that? Cutler's much better than Alex Smith and a healthy Matt Forte is better than Frank Gore. Plus, as Smith said Monday, ‘We have to catch up to Green Bay."

In all likelihood, that ain't happening with Martz calling the plays.

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pinghootor
Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:08 am
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Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:07 am
 

Lovie Smith noncommital on Mike Martz's return

I would love to see Martz back next season...under Jeff Fisher. I think he could def keep Martz in line and the play calling as it suits cutler and forte. With the news of Angelo being fired, for my last Christmas wish, I would love to see the last name Polian in the front office. Here's to a great off season!



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:06 am
 

Lovie Smith noncommital on Mike Martz's return

@SuperRaiders, You are high!



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:04 am
 

Lovie Smith noncommital on Mike Martz's return

This is the best thing the Bears can do with Martz. Let Cutler decide if he is the best for the job. Without Cutler you saw how good the Offense was.  If Jay isnt comfortable with the guy, get rid of him! Dont let Angelo or Smith decide. They have no clue, as you can see how the rest of the talent is on the team!  Cutler is the franchise. Plain and simple!



Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:34 am
 

Lovie Smith noncommital on Mike Martz's return

Get rid of everyone in management and start over like Green Bay did!  If Brett Favre can be released/no resigned, so can any player on the Bears...except Cutler, Hester, Briggs and Forte. Lol 



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:19 am
 

Lovie Smith noncommital on Mike Martz's return

It is amazing that the Clown Coach Smith is even a part of this discussion. Two years ago, the three stooges of the Bears - Smith, GM Jerry Angelo, and President Ted Phillips lined up in front of the media for a grand mea culpa that resulted in a ton of apologies, promises, and the firing of OC Ron Turner. Two years later, this same leadership group has produced one team that won one playoff game against the worst qualifying playoff team in NFL history and one team that failed to get to the playoffs. They have also lost four straight to their rival Packers. While Green Bay seems to be able to replace injured players on the fly with  second stringers that can outplay the Bears starters, the Bears were exposed as a very thin football operation. They lack talent and the coaching staff cannot develop the players that are being given to them. Smith needs to go - NOW. Jeff Fisher would be a great start to 2012. The Polians would be a great start to the next decade. Martz is only the tip of the iceberg - as was Turner two years ago.



Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:33 am
 

Lovie Smith noncommital on Mike Martz's return

I can't believe this is up for question... does no one remember that Martz led the "greatest show on turf" with the Rams? Thats the only offense short of bringing in Sean Payton thats going to result in them catching the Packers. If they want to score like the Packers they should name Martz head coach. Lovie Smith is non-commital, I think, because hes worried that the front offense will realize they are better off with Martz as the coach.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:54 am
 

Lovie Smith noncommital on Mike Martz's return

Why does Lovie Smith get to choose?  Lovie has mostly been an awful coach.  He's only looked better since Martz showed up....Lovie Smith should be canned with Martz being the head coach----couldn't do any worse....



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:44 am
 

Lovie Smith noncommital on Mike Martz's return

"The  went to a quick-passing offense that relied on a solid running game and look how that turned our for them. Why can't the Bears be successful doing that? Cutler's much better than  and a healthy  is better than ."


Was Ryan Wilson high on drugs when he wrote this article? Jay Cutler is probably better than Alex Smith...heck, I'm better than alex Smith, but there is no way Matt Forte is better than Frank Gore. 

The 49ers did not go to a quick-passing offense that relied on a solid running game. It is actually quite the opposite. They establish the run to set up the pass...which is what Bill Walsh did when he coached the team. Many outsiders think that the West Coast offense is a pass first anf run second offensive philosophy. Far from it. They run and run and run. When opposing teams commit to stopping the run the 49ers then pass and pass and pass. 



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:09 pm
 

Lovie Smith noncommital on Mike Martz's return

hope he comes back.carimi,cutler and forte injuries stymied our year.hope urlacher will be ready by the season opener.if we hit on our 1st round pick this year and get a decent wideout,we can be there next year.


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