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Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:21 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2012 5:25 pm
Cutler reportedly didn't want Martz back in Chicago. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Mike Martz, the architect of the Greatest Show on Turf with the Rams in the early 2000s, has retired, NFL Network Jason La Canfora reported Monday. Martz served as Dick Vermeil's offensive coordinator when St. Louis won the Super Bowl in 2000, was elevated to head coach from 2000-2005, and spent five of the next six seasons as an offensive coordinator with the Lions (2006-07), 49ers (2008) and Bears (2010-11).

Martz's two-year stint in Chicago was a bumpy one; his offensive philosophy wasn't always shared by franchise quarterback Jay Cutler. And head coach Lovie Smith, who Martz had hired as the Rams defensive coordinator in 2001, was often viewed as Martz's enabler. Smith regularly rebuffed questions about Martz's future.

In late December, with the Bears' playoffs hopes dashed, Smith was asked if Martz, whose contract expires at the end of the 2011 season, would be back in 2012.

“What kind of question is that anyway, at this time?" Smith demanded at the time. "What kind of question is that? Why would you ask a question like that anyway?"

Six days later -- and a day after Smith was noncommittal on Martz's future -- Martz resigned for "philosophical differences." And today he retired from coaching.

The Bears promoted Mike Tice into Martz's old job. Tice had previously served as Chicago's offensive line coach and was the Vikings head coach from 2001-2005. Tice isn't considered the offensive mastermind that Martz was but might be by design. His biggest task should be to a) keep Cutler from taking hits and b) get Matt Forte the ball. You don't have to be a genius to know that. In fact, it probably helps if you aren't.

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:45 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

I'm sick of the culture in American sports that breeds anti-intellectualism

I think the reason that word is used derisively, in this case at least, is because he is a genius in his own mind.   He is so sure that his way is the right way, that he tries to cram it down everyone's throat, even when he does not have the personnell to run his system.  As a coach, a genius would understand the limitations of his players.  It does not matter if his play is going to catch the defense off guard when the O-line cannot protect long enough for the play to develop, Hester and Knox don't know where to line up, and Martz is so brilliant that he can't even get the play in to Cutler until there are 5 seconds left on the play clock.

 "simpler explanations are, other things being equal, generally better than more complex ones."  - Occam's Razor. 

If you have a mobile QB, a crappy O-Line, bad receivers, and a Pro Bowl RB, assume breakdowns in protection, get Cutler on the move, and lean on Forte.  That won't get you the kind of offense you had in St. Louis, but it will maximize the talent you have been given, and that is the best any O-coordinator can do.  

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:35 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

martz time in chicago ended when cutler arrived

Uh... Cutler was there before Martz.   The biggest problem with Martz system in Chicago is that it requirtes a far better O-Line than the Bears have.  Good coaches get the most out of their talent, rather than having a crapload of prerequisites in order to make their holy system work.  Martz was very stubborn in Chicago.  Tice might not be a genius, but he at least has seemed realistic about what his line can do, and has squeezed the most out of a flawed group of players. 

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:30 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

ummm, Hey is spelled Genius.

Is sarcasm a foreign language for you?

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:17 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

is your best comment what a moron! Did i spell that ok

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:52 am

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

Didn't do much for the 9ers but he did have his stamp on the Rams Championship so good for you Martz..Enjoy the golf and fishing.

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:36 am

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

ummm, Hey is spelled Genius.

Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:27 am

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

Congratulations to the Chicago Bears organization. Your ineptitude and quarterback personell decisions has cost us what may be the greatest offensive genious ever. Good luck Tice, you still don't have anything resembling a QB.

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:04 am

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

Martz to Atlanta

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:52 am

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

Not only is calling plays for the superstars the Rams had easy but it could be argued that Martz' system actually hurt the Rams. Kurt Warner was a shell of himself when he left the Rams after injuries and concussions. It took him a few years before he was able to really get it going again in Ariz. Marc Bulger then got to be the sitting duck.

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:50 am
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