The Bears have finally hired someone to run their offense, as reports are the team has inked former Rams coach Mike Martz to try and right the ship that was a disaster last season in Chicago.
Lovie Smith used to be Mike Martz’s defensive coordinator when the latter was head coach of the St. Louis Rams. Now, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune, Martz is returning the favor to be the Bears’ new offensive coordinator under Smith.
Martz, known for his mad scientist ways of concocting a no-holds barred prolific passing game — which helped the Rams get to two Super Bowls with Kurt Warner as their gunslinger — is now charged with getting Jay Cutler back on track.
Cutler has everything Martz wants in a quarterback, including a strong arm and a fearlessness to fire the ball downfield, regardless if it results in the occasional turnover. As an analyst for the NFL Network this past season, Martz called out Cutler for having an unpleasant post-game demeanor. Cutler may need some tough love to deliver as the Bears’ franchise quarterback, and Martz can provide it.
Martz was able to win the job over another finalist, Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers.
In addition to getting Cutler’s head on-straight, it’s important that Martz works to get the offensive line up to speed to handle the volume of passes. Although it helps Orlando Pace is a familiar face at left tackle, the Bears could use an injection of athletic youth to help better protect Cutler.
There was word that GM Jerry Angelo wasn’t all that high on Martz, but something he must have said or done changed his mind enough to give in to allow Martz to come aboard and join the club. It will be interesting to see how much of an impact he has on Cutler and his second year with the Bears.