Former Rams Coach Mike Martz to Talk to the Bears About Their OC Job

This is the potential candidate we have.  First he disses on Jay Cutler.  Then before the door even hits Ron Turner in the behind he expresses his interest in a position that’s not even open yet.  Then after the position becomes open, he waits….no call…he waits…no call.  Then he says he’s just ready to move on.  Now he’s at Hallas Hall interviewing for the position.

Mike Martz - Former Head Coach of St. Louis!Mike Martz – Former Head Coach of St. Louis!

If you don’t know who I’m talking about you didn’t read the title of this post and you haven’t followed the Bears coaching debacle.

I’m talking about Mike Martz interviewing today for the offensive coordinators position.

As much as I am disappointed with the Bears organization over the past 3 seasons culminating in my frustration watching the coaching search.  I like the idea of Martz coming to Chicago.  I like his approach to the passing game.  Pass often, to lots of receivers, with multiple receiver sets.

I think he could bring some sophistication and some innovativeness to the offense that has been lacking for the better part of 24 years.

I do have my concerns though.

  1. How is this going to work with a run happy offensive line coach?
  2. How is he going to work with the QB that he dissed on (Poor Jay)?
  3. How is going to work for a former subordinate in Lovie Smith?
  4. How many washed up ex head coaches are going to be on our staff?

That last point really hits home.  Mike Tice….former head coach with not too great a record.  Rod Marinelli….former head coach with not too great a record.  Mike Martz…former head coach…great record…with a Super Bowl ring.

It used to be said that Chicago is where receivers go to die (thanks Muhsin Muhammad).  Is it now that Chicago is where Head Coaches go to die?  If this season doesn’t pan out, that could be the reality.

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One Response to “Former Rams Coach Mike Martz to Talk to the Bears About Their OC Job”

  1. Sprelay says:

    Let’s be fair. When he dissed Cutler, it was because of his post game performance, where he acted like he didn’t care about how poorly he played. This was Martz’ first appearance on the NFL Network’s “The Coaches Show”, and he was just calling it like he saw it. He was defending the organization and Lovie in particular. When Lovie later rebuked Martz’ comment, Martz apologized. Martz never said anything controversial again on that show.

    Regarding Martz saying he was interested in the OC job before Ron Turner was canned, he publicly rebuked that as a rumor. Only after Turner was fired did Martz publicly announce his interest. I’m sure he probably mentioned to someone that he was interested, and that got leaked, but it was never his intention to make a statement like this while Ron Turner was still with the team.

    Lastly, I agree that Martz likes the passing game more than the running game, but if you look at his offense in the 2nd half of the season he was with the niners, when Singletary took over and Shaun Hill was inserted at QB, his offense was much more balanced. Shaun Hill lacked the arm to run his offense effectively, but didn’t make the mistakes that QBs like JT O’Sullivan did. Martz adapted, they ran more and did more dink-and-dunk, and they finished the season 5-3. Martz is far better at adapting to his talent then people give him credit for.

    Let me address a few other misconceptions. Last season Vernon Davis was underutilized in the passing game. Martz publicly stated that it was because he was such a great blocker, they needed him protecting the QB. While that was true, those of us who watched niners games knew that Davis was a horrible route runner, and missed countless receptions because he was a few steps off from where he should be. He would often run deep downfield, but turn his head too soon, slow down, and the pass would sail just out of reach. Davis deserves all the success he’s had this year, but last year he just was not in sync with the QB. If Greg Olsen is a cerebral TE, and capable of grasping Martz’ complex schemes, then I’m sure he would thrive. Martz’ philosophy is to motion a lot of players pre-snap to get mismatches. I’m sure if Olsen is smart enough and a precise enough route runner, Martz will find ways to use him.

    I remember when Martz was the OC for the Lions and Cutler was entering the draft, Martz was raving about him. I know he loves Cutler’s arm. Martz wants aggressive fearless QBs who aren’t afraid to throw picks, and don’t get down when they do. Clearly this year Cutler proved he’s not afraid to get picked.

    I think Martz does best when he has a head coach that will check him and balance him. Singletary did that well, and I think the offense did better as a result. I know Martz has the utmost respect for Lovie. In fact, I remember when Lovie was with the Rams, Martz was going out of his way to help Lovie land a HC position (how many HCs will do that for their OC?). I’m sure if Lovie wants Martz to run more, he will.