Smith has wanted Martz from "day one"

As the Bears move closer to possibly hiring Mike Martz to take over the offense in Chicago, we’re picking up more details regarding the behind-the-scenes maneuverings between coach Lovie Smith and G.M. Jerry Angelo.

As we hear it, Smith has wanted to hire Martz from “day one.”  And that makes sense, given that Martz once hired Smith to run the defense in St. Louis.

But Angelo was opposed to the move, and Angelo relented only after multiple candidates (including some whose names never surfaced publicly) rebuffed the team’s advances.

Even now, Angelo apparently is trying to create obstacles.  We’re told it was Angelo who insisted that Martz meet face-to-face with quarterback Jay Cutler, and we’re also told that Smith paid for Martz’s air fare to Tennessee in order to make the meeting happen.

Momentum is now building for Martz in large part because, as we’re told, Angelo wanted to hire Chargers tight ends coach/assistant head coach Rob Chudzinski for the job.  Angelo was so confident that Chudzinski would take the job that Angelo had no viable backup plan when Chudzinski said thanks but no thanks.

If/when Martz is hired, look for Angelo to distance himself from the move.  The thinking is that Angelo will try to pin any failures in 2010 on Smith, in the hopes that Angelo won’t get fired — and that he’ll have a chance to hire another head coach if Smith gets the boot.

41 responses to “Smith has wanted Martz from "day one"

  1. quote Florio!
    “he’ll have a chance to hire another head coach “*is*” Smith gets the boot.”
    Should read; IF
    How on earth did you ger through law school with all these errors?
    Oh wait, you went to WV….It all makes sense now……

  2. greg olsen’s fantasy value just dropped. but cutler’s just got a huge boost. martz gave kitna fantasy value

  3. Goes to show how much say Smith has in hiring his own staff. Not a good sign for Lovie. Expect him to be on very thin ice in 2010. Of course, his team will implode and he will be gone, along with Martz and the rest of the staff, only to allow the real problem, Angelo to stick around and go through another iteration of failure and change. Of course, Cutler will be blamed for the on the field meltdowns of this team, which is unfair, since they haven’t surrounded him with a good line or even journeyman talent at the WR position. What a mess!

  4. Jerry Angelo is clueless. If you have a head coach, he hires his own guys. Stay the hell out of it…you have no standing anyway…look at the mess you’ve made of the Bears!

  5. Strange how the guy who gets hired seemes to always be their “first choice”.
    When in actuallity, if this guy was thier true first choice, they would have hired him weeks ago.

  6. In three years together in St. Louis these two guys Smith and Martz were 33-15. An average of 11-5 isn’t too bad.

  7. Oh wow people turned down the Bears, wow must be a second class team WOW, just move them to Canada, oh no, are they going to LA now? This is such a travesty that coaches didn’t want to coach in Chicago.
    Any more dumb ass haters out there wanna talk about that?

  8. Not only are these people stupid, they’re arrogant, too. Nothing worse than an arrogant moron. The Bears are loaded to the gills with these people.

  9. Don’t count out Greg Olsen if Martz gets hired. Martz will build around his talent. His best TE in St. Louis was Manumaleuna, a blocker.

  10. ch19079: “Strange how the guy who gets hired seemes to always be their “first choice”.
    When in actuallity, if this guy was thier true first choice, they would have hired him weeks ago.”
    _____________
    Did you read the article? It was LOVIE SMITH’S first choice, but Angelo did not want him, which is why he wasn’t hired weeks ago. I suggest next time you read the article before commenting.

  11. Why do people think Mike Martz can’t coach offensive football anymore? This guy was the O.C. in St. Louis when Kurt Warner and the Rams came out of nowhere and became NFL champions. He helped create “The Greatest Show on Turf”. You can’t deny he can get a lot out of a passing game. This offensive team is going to be built around Jay Cutler; give Mike Martz a chance!

  12. That’s a wonderful strategy if the Bears actually fail… and history indicates that Martz (for all his issues) gets production out of his offense. The Bears have talent. I suppose betting your job on a Martz/Cutler implosion isn’t the worst idea in the world… but doesn’t sound too bright either.

  13. Didn’t Martz have Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt and Marshall Faulk to work with in St. Louis? Bears are going to need a few more pieces to the puzzle, without high draft choices. Good news is, he has Orlando Pace back.

  14. Although I normally don’t agree with Lovie’s hires and player choices, hiring Martz would be smart. The guy can flat out coach..period. Bottom line, the organization should not care if he’s 80/20 pass as long as they win games and contend for championships..that’s all that matters. Come off the bus throwing!

  15. Jerry Angelo is an illiterate dufus…amazed that he has kept the job as long as he has. He sabotaged Dick Jauron, and he will probably shift blame to Lovie if they fail, and take all of the credit if they don’t. I feel so sorry for those coaches and the ownership…but then again, the owners hired him in the first place. He is capable of mediocre at best….he has let the talent disinigrate.

  16. Lovie should have taken the Tennessee job. Angelo started last year giving him the Jauron treatment. Getting rid of their second round pick. Lovie can expect the Angelo to do nothing in Free Agency and have a weaker roster than last year. Angelo will have railroaded two coaches out of Chicago while keeping his job.

  17. the real deal says:
    January 31, 2010 1:04 PM
    quote Florio!
    “he’ll have a chance to hire another head coach “*is*” Smith gets the boot.”
    “Should read; IF
    How on earth did you ger through law school with all these errors?
    Oh wait, you went to WV….It all makes sense now……”
    how can you call Florio out and you made the same mistake…it’s called a typo you ass, it happens all the time, get over yourself

  18. “Good news is, he has Orlando Pace back.”
    ———-
    Actually Pace is supposed to retire. He wasn’t a starter at the end of the season, but I do understand your point.
    However, he did make Kitna a Pro Bowler, which is rather impressive.
    Its obvious that Angelo has some issue with Martz, and that all the other prospective candidates were brought in by Angelo, and not Lovie. I was hoping that Chud would have taken it, but he apparently picked up a vibe that the coach didn’t want him as much as the GM did, and that the whole situation is f’d up.
    Here’s hoping that the McCaskey’s wake up and dump Angelo and Lovie next season.

  19. @the real deal
    its a blog dude, typos happen…relax
    what kind of a dbag even cares about typos?
    Martz would certainly help Cutler but they still dont have any receivers to throw to…couting on Hester to be their number 1 WR was a huge mistake that everyone realized except the Bears

  20. The real deal —– quote Florio!
    “he’ll have a chance to hire another head coach “*is*” Smith gets the boot.”
    Should read; IF
    How on earth did you ger through law school with all these errors?
    Oh wait, you went to WV….It all makes sense now……
    Hey real deal, you call out Florio for a typo and then have one yourself you jackass …..ger = get. What school did you go to ? FSU?

  21. yea nobody is saying martz can’t coach but the only question I have is will he fit the offense around what cutler does or will he try and force his system on him? I mean what is wrong with taking a look at what he did well in denver and adding that to a offense in chicago? we saw what happened when turner refused to make any adj. until the last 2 games so what would be the point of bringing in someone else to do the same thing?would you realy expect him to better in another system that does not fit him?

  22. Florio wrote: “. . . move closer to possibly hiring . . .”
    What exactly does that mean?
    Is that somewhere between “no” and “might”? Or “might” and “maybe”?
    Using the word “possibly” to split the infinitive “to hire” and then modifying that phrase with “closer” gives us nothing useful.
    You might as well have written, “The Bears definitely might possibly hire Martz.”

  23. Coming from a Orioles fan, people with the word Angelo in their name should never be given any sort of control of a sports team

  24. Oh wow people turned down the Bears, wow must be a second class team WOW, just move them to Canada, oh no, are they going to LA now? This is such a travesty that coaches didn’t want to coach in Chicago.
    Why would anybody want to take a coaching job with the Bearss??? If, they have a terrible season next year, which seems to be the prevailing attitude, the whole coaching staff gets swept out and they start over yet again. Who would want to deal with that???

  25. If they give Martz time, he’ll create an effective passing attack. The only problem with Martz’ schemes, is that the QB takes a lot of hits. Regardless, as long as Cutler stays healthy, the Bears will have a better offense than last year.

  26. Dear, Fools
    I don’t get paid to write; therefore it does not matter when I, or if I continually make spelling errors/typos.
    And I would not of pointed it out if there was not an error in every other article.
    Great site none-the-less.
    Enjoy your evening fools, the funny thing is half you fools probably can’t read anyhow.

  27. Love it. We haven’t even had the draft yet, and it’s crystal clear everyone knows that Angelo, Smith and the Bears are primed for a losing season. Hope the McCaskey braintrust (please emerge, Brian, like Jed York as in San Fran) will find that both Angelo and Lovie deserve the heave ho after/during the upcoming season. Oh, BTW, Olsen will suck in any offense, particularly a Martz one. The latter couldn’t squeeze any performance out of Vernon Davis, and the former refuses to go all out to make the tough catch.

  28. Dear, Fools
    I don’t get paid to write; therefore it does not matter when I, or if I continually make spelling errors/typos.
    And I would not “*of*” pointed it out if there was not an error in every other article.
    Great site none-the-less.
    Enjoy your evening fools, the funny thing is half you fools probably can’t read anyhow.
    Should read “HAVE”
    Another huge fail on your part. Also, insulting someone in writing and assuming they can’t read makes no sense.

  29. I think Angelo is on the way out…and Lovie Smith along with him. Martz is the ultimate boom or bust, and Cutler is way too sensitive. …. the upside his, the Bears have identical team speed that the Martz led Rams….could be an explosive offense

  30. Dear, Vikes.
    You are wrong it should not read HAVE, it should read have. In lower case letters you IDIOT!
    Also #28 would you learn how to hold the ball? Now go back to whatever it is you do in Minnesota. Whether it is hunting a deer to screw its corpse or watch your team lose yet another big game.
    I don’t care about my spelling or grammar and could not care less. It is just annoying to read so many errors in professional articles.
    Have fun cheering for the only team that wears the international gay color purple!

  31. jimmySee says:
    Once Matt Millen got fired, Angelo had no cover as worst front office exec in the division.
    ____________________________________
    Ted Thompson could give even Millen a run for his money on that one. Angelo is MILES ahead of TT.

  32. Good point, Florio. You’ve rexposed Angelo as a joke, over and over. We get the point, these owners are letting the history and general reputations of this franchise slip away….

  33. the real deal says:
    January 31, 2010 6:43 PM
    Dear, Vikes.
    You are wrong it should not read HAVE, it should read have. In lower case letters you IDIOT!
    Also #28 would you learn how to hold the ball? Now go back to whatever it is you do in Minnesota. Whether it is hunting a deer to screw its corpse or watch your team lose yet another big game.
    I don’t care about my spelling or grammar and could not care less. It is just annoying to read so many errors in professional articles.
    Have fun cheering for the only team that wears the international gay color purple!
    Oh wow I guess you showed me. Well first of all, I put it in capital letters because that is what you did in your first correction to Florio. Second, I love how you addressed #28 directly as if he reads this himself. Third, I don’t hunt but it is a very popular in Minnesota among many states. Finally, I believe the international color for homosexuality is the rainbow. Just remember that knowledge is power and you appear to be very weak.

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