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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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Comments

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:18 am
 

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

How hard was it really to call plays for Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt and Marshall Faulk, all with Orlando Pace blocking for them? Why is this guy considered a brilliant coach still by some?



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:27 am
 

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

 Martz’s offensive schemes can run circles around these two clowns. Martz would have fit nicely in either of these domed stadium teams and improved their offense tremendously.
 

The only time Martz did good was when he had an all-pro offensive line led by Orlando Pace, one of the top receiving backs in history in Marshall Falk, 2 of the fastest WRs in the league at the time with Holt/Bruce...oh, and Kurt Warner at QB.  Even FtBallGenious could have come up with an offense that would of done well with that amount of talent to work with.







Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:22 am
 

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

dead on sweetness ... if you are going to try to create a negative scenario make sure it fits!


martz time in chicago ended when cutler arrived, it isnt rocket science thus they promote Mike FRICKIN TICE?????how bout this


1st down - forte left 3yds

2nd down - forte right 3yds


3rd down - TE screen 1yd


PUNT PUNT PUNT - urlacher int for TD....that is your onlu hope!          



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:59 am
 

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

Hes every bit the offensive genius as brian billick. 



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 6:57 am
 

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

to rvsquared: 

Apparently you are unaware of the definiton of the word "retired."




Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:45 am
 

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

You don't have to be a genius to know that. In fact, it probably helps if you aren't.

Is that a shot at geniuses? So you think a genuis isn't capable of getting the ball to Matt Forte? I'm sick of the culture in American sports that breeds anti-intellectualism. There are 32 coaches in the NFL and only one has an Ivy League degree. ONE!  Where's our affirmative action?! Where's our Rooney Rule?! If anything, a theroretical physicist would be the best person to be the Bears offensive coordinator, because once we master time travel, he would get the ball to Forte YESTERDAY.

Which is probably what Mike Martz needs, at this point.



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:12 am
 

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

That wasteland is now a playoff team with one of the best OC in the league in Linehan!



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:56 am
 

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

How does Lovie Smith keep a job?



Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:35 pm
 

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

The Bears were not the right team for Mike Martz offense as they’ve always been a running team with a good defense. It is a shame Martz is retiring because he is better than a lot of the OC getting jobs out there. For example, Kotter hired in Atlanta and Schottenheimer in St. Louis when neither of these guys deserve a job. Martz’s offensive schemes can run circles around these two clowns. Martz would have fit nicely in either of these domed stadium teams and improved their offense tremendously.  




Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:22 pm
 

bu-bye

Bad news for Forte, good news for Cutler's head, bad news for Cutlers agent. Prediction: Martz to KC because Crennel cannot run an offense. (Plus he'll have the speed RB, two wideputs, one with pure speed, and they can get the TE they need during the offseason).


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