The hiring of Mike Martz as the Bears offensive coordinator has everyone in Chicago talking. There’s been more buzz around the team in the last week than there was the entire last half of the actual season.
My wife got sick of me talking to her about Chicago’s newest Mike; so let me share my random thoughts on the Martz hiring with ya’ll…
First and foremost, I’m happy for the poor Chicago media.
In Martz, they finally have an actual sound-byte-worthy personality to make their jobs easier. No more having to recycle Lovie’s now historic “Get off the bus running” mantra. No more obsessing about Jay Cutler’s facial expressions, posture or short answers to their intelligent questions. Martz could even help keep Steve Rosenbloom’s content fresh…and that’s saying something.
I’m probably in the minority here, but I’m okay with the length of time it took to hire Martz.
I like the idea they researched other candidates, even though Martz may have been Lovie’s guy all along. USC’s Bates surfaced first because his team’s season was finished the earliest. The Bears talked to Chargers TE coach Chudzinski a couple days after his team’s kicker shanked 3 field goals in a playoff game. They interviewed QB coach Rogers after the Vi-queens choked away their last best chance to get back to the Super Bowl. I’ll give Angelo and Lovie credit for at least expressing interest in guys who were still coaching in the playoffs…and not some dude(s) from the Lions, Raiders or Rams.
David Haugh at the Tribune suggested that the hiring of Martz makes it the ideal time to install field turf in Soldier Field.
He could be on to something there. But I’ve got to admit, it makes me nervous. The dozens of cow-patty-sized chunks of sod could be our defense’s last best line of defense in deterring opposing teams’ playmakers during next year’s playoff run. (Just to clarify – I’m referring to the opponent’s playoff run, not the Bears’).
Call me kooky, but I don’t think Martz’s “Greatest Show on Turf” Rams had nearly the talent advantage over the current Bears as some folks want you to believe.
I think an experienced, Vanderbilt-educated Jay Cutler compares favorably to a former grocery-store-clerk-turned-Iowa-Barnstormer Kurt Warner. The Rams had Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt and Az Hakim. The Bears have Aromashodu, Knox and Hester. And I’d take Earl Bennett as a #4 WR over Ricky Proehl any day. They did have Orlando Pace in his prime. We have…a dude named “Frank.”
In case you’re keeping score, I’m 4 for 4 on my coaching staff predictions so far.
I guess that qualifies me for a job in the Bears’ front office.