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Torry Holt wants to play in Chicago

Now that the man who helped receiver Torry Holt win a Super Bowl as a rookie in 1999 has taken over the offense in Chicago, and in light of the fact that Holt recently was cut by the Jaguars, the 11-year veteran wants to join Mike Martz as a member of the Bears.

“Absolutely I would consider coming to Chicago because of Coach Martz,” Holt said on Friday’s edition of the Waddle & Silvy Show, on ESPN 1000.  Holt also said that he has kept in contact with Martz, who last coached Holt in 2005.  “I mean, that’s my guy we’ve got a lot of history with Coach Martz, a lot of great years obviously there in St. Louis.  I have a tremendous about of respect for him as a man and as well as a coach.

“What I respect the most is his mind.  I respect his passion for the game of football.  I respect the standard in which he sets every day.  So yeah, I keep in contact with him and I would definitely, if they would have me, definitely consider playing football in Chicago next year.”

Holt went on to make a pitch for himself, based on his familiarity with Martz’s demanding offensive system.

“In his system you got to be able to run,” Holt said.  “[Y]ou better be able to run, you better be cerebral, you better be able to learn, and you better have thick skin because he’s so demanding, you’re working with a guy who’s a perfectionist.   If you can’t do those three things, and you’re not tough and you’re not willing to go and block and run routes and be efficient and be quick, you will not play in his system, I don’t care if you’re a first-round, second-round draft pick it doesn’t matter.  I don’t care about your speed, if you can’t do those things you cannot help this guy out and his offense.   I think it’s a match made in heaven if they were to bring someone like me in to actually show these guys how to run this system, efficiently, effectively and consistently.”

So, basically, Holt wants to be a Bear.  Whether the Bears feel the same way remains to be seen.

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35 Responses to “Torry Holt wants to play in Chicago”
  1. Catamount says: Feb 12, 2010 9:37 PM

    First and foremost, he wants a job and Martz has seen Holt in his prime. Holt is a class act and I wish him the best.

  2. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK 2.0OH! says: Feb 12, 2010 9:40 PM

    1) You better be able to run
    2) You better be cerebral
    3) You better be able to learn
    4) You better have thick skin because he’s so demanding
    “If you can’t do those three things…….”
    Torry Holt and his new math.

  3. says: Feb 12, 2010 9:43 PM

    MSNBC cut your bandwidth today?
    Was going to post a comment but forgot what it was by the time the page loaded.

  4. DonTerrelli says: Feb 12, 2010 9:46 PM

    may be a good fit for him

  5. Drat says: Feb 12, 2010 9:56 PM

    A big dollop of anti-Martz sentiment exists among you folks out there. I don’t get it.
    Listen to his players. They all respect him. Find another OC, DC, or head coach who has the level of respect among players that Martz has (there are a couple, only). The only guy that didn’t like Martz was Turley (laugh track here). Proof of the pudding. Martz demands discipline.
    Here’s the deal. Martz is extremely tough and complex. He wins. He treats his players like adult human beings. He doesn’t accept anyone who is not dedicated to perfection. His players respect it and are totally loyal. After all these many years google what Warner and Faulk and Bruce have to say. This is a players’ coach who wins.
    Who doesn’t like Martz? Adminstrators and self-appointed personnel geeks. Charlie Armey. Whooo? Right. Nobody of importance. Martz is a classy guy, takes the high road, is self deprecating, knows football, is motivated only to win, and yes, he knows he can kick your ass upside anything. The cockiness is there, and why do any of you sorry moaners out there complain about it? He CAN indeed kick your ass.
    Bears in the NFC title game this coming season.

  6. sonicjizzmopper says: Feb 12, 2010 9:56 PM

    Hey Florio – I am a daily Waddle and Silvy listener and not sure what it takes, but I think it would be awesome if you could be a regular guest on their show. I really don’t know anything about how that works, but I would tune in!

  7. Canyonero says: Feb 12, 2010 10:09 PM

    I remember when “Torry Holt wants to play in Carolina.”

  8. DJ Lance Rock says: Feb 12, 2010 10:22 PM

    why not, he can have rashied davis’s spot

  9. Beauregard says: Feb 12, 2010 10:23 PM

    Holt’s not a #1 receiver, but he’s still a threat at #2-3.
    If the Bears start surrounding Cuttler with some talent on the offensive side, watch out…..

  10. KIMWOO says: Feb 12, 2010 10:29 PM


  11. Brewster says: Feb 12, 2010 10:32 PM

    Jesus Cristos, what the hell. It’s the opening night of the Olympics, didn’t NBC plan for an increase in Internet traffic? It’s only taking 3-4 minutes to get a page turned, with an extremely high speed connection. Ebersol overspends for the Olympics and doesn’t plan for increased internet traffic?
    On to the subject, lest I forget why I’m even here.
    Holt would be a valuable addition to the Bears roster. A player/coach for the 1st & 2nd year Bears WR’s who have a good deal of upside potential, and someone who can make an onfield contribution for a couple of years.
    This is an inexpensive acquisition that adds a lot of value to the franchise. Do it.

  12. Howie Handles says: Feb 12, 2010 10:35 PM

    I like your positive thinking (hallucinations) about the Bears in the title game, I’m a fan as well. Holt would be an excellent addition to their WRs, because really, who do they have that’s any good? Devin Hester? Great kick returner, not cerebral. Devin Aromashadu? Jury is still out. Johnny Knox? Fast as hell, and seems tough for his size, but jury is still out on him as well. Earl Bennett? If he couldn’t figure out Turner’s system, he’s gonna get waived.

  13. HarrisonHits says: Feb 12, 2010 10:36 PM

    “you better be cerebral, you better be able to learn, and you better have thick skin ”
    Well that eliminates Cutler right there.
    Holt would be like a second coach or OC on the field and would be a great pickup for the Bears if he has anything left. If not they should make him their receivers coach.

  14. HarrisonHits says: Feb 12, 2010 10:36 PM

    “you better be cerebral, you better be able to learn, and you better have thick skin ”
    Well that eliminates Cutler right there.
    Holt would be like a second coach or OC on the field and would be a great pickup for the Bears if he has anything left. If not they should make him their receivers coach.

  15. Drat says: Feb 12, 2010 10:37 PM

    Here’s Torry Holt:
    He will be exactly in the right place at the right time (the Manning INT in the S’bowl would not have happened if it was Holt instead of Wayne.) He’s all about plot, plan and scheme ahead of the individual glitter. Holt loves the chess of football.
    He will catch the ball. Really. Odd thing for today’s WRs maybe, but Holt will do it. Catch.
    Holt thrives in a system that requires thinking. (not that Del Rio can’t think. Oops, OK, he can’t, giggle.) Holt knows more football than any WR in the league, but most coaches don’t even have a clue what they might have in Holt. Martz knows, and Martz will sign Holt for Chicago just like that. Snap.

  16. DMACGETLOOSE says: Feb 12, 2010 10:44 PM

    so what does “[Y]ou” mean? does it mean that during the interview he said “ou better be able to run, etc.”? im just slightly curious as to why the [Y] had to be added and wasn’t just included in the word “You”

  17. perryjoseph says: Feb 12, 2010 10:48 PM

    Hey Florio – I love listening to you on KFAN w/ Paul Allen. Keep giving each other crap. It is good radio! Go Bears!

  18. Charisma says: Feb 12, 2010 10:51 PM

    Who the hell wants to be in Chicago?

  19. perryjoseph says: Feb 12, 2010 10:58 PM

    Holt wants a job desperately. I don’t blame him. With all do respect, he is too old & slow to step into that lineup and produce at a high level. He’ll only be taking valuable time away from those young WR’s. Everyone is negative ass on the Bears WR’s, but they do have potential & showed flashes on-and-off this season. They need all the time they can get w/ Cutler & Martz’s new playbook. I think this could develop into a good thing if everyone can get along & work hard.

  20. CYGNUS X-1 says: Feb 12, 2010 10:59 PM

    hey it would be great if they would be getting the holt from the greatest show on turf but as we learned with pace those days are over! bears have a nice set of speedy young recievers who got valuable experiance last year so no need to set their development back by signing a past his prime guy just cause he used to play for martz. if I remember those guys were young and fast and nobody had heard of them before martz got to them so give the bears young guys a chance before you write them off.

  21. chicagosundevil says: Feb 12, 2010 11:03 PM

    Hey sonicjizzmopper, your incessant love for MF is a bit much. Put your lipstick down and get back to football.
    Sorry Drat, the entire Bears coaching staff minus (maybe) a couple of holdovers are going to get waxed next year. The only reason they didn’t this year is the McCaskey’s are so cheap they didn’t want to pay 2-coaches in 2011 when there is no football.
    Not hiring Shannahan will go down as a big mistake.

  22. tebowsvirginity says: Feb 12, 2010 11:04 PM

    @ sonicjizzmopper
    He is on wednesdays on the danny mac show with spiegel on the score.

  23. Drat says: Feb 12, 2010 11:22 PM

    With the discussion of WRs in the HOF, it might be worthwhile to start talking about Holt.
    Andre Reed was a monster. I know you younger folks never saw Reed. He was so much better and more important than you could guess from stats. Reed was everything you want. He fought, he cleared, he caught, he ran, he killed. Reed was a football player in a way you cannot aqppreciate if you aren’t old. Stats are not the story. Reed beats Holt, Reed beats damn near everyone. And i like Holt.
    Isaac Bruce is in the HOF, no discussion.
    Chris Carter. I say no. He always just caught passes, he caught them now, he caught them then, he caught them whenever it didn’t matter. If a pass was pitched out there, he maybe caught it. So what? Watching football, I never had one injection of adrenaline because of Carter. We can’t be putting folks in the HOF based on the luck of where they landed. Carter could have ended up on Detroit. Would he have made a difference? Ha ha of course not. Reed would, Holt would, Carter would so not make a difference. Carter would have been arrested.
    So we get back to Holt. This dude is a football genius. Put him in the hall. A few years down the road. But keep it in mind. Holt beats Carter hands down as a player, a receiver, and a Superbowl participant. Holt lives a life that puts Carter to shame. Just saying….

  24. Hooby says: Feb 12, 2010 11:27 PM

    even at his age, he would be a severe improvement over the semi pro troupe of sprinters they call wide receivers in chi town
    jay cutler wouldnt help his numbers, though.

  25. Drat says: Feb 13, 2010 12:05 AM

    The comments her are interesting. They assume a predicatable No. 1 WR, a No. 2 WR, and so forth. Can you imagine how predictable NFL teams are? Interesting interview with Marshall Faulk leading up to the Superbowl. He said the resemblance between Martz and Payton is that neither cared a crap about who was the name receiver, both coaches would go with whoever was open. You gotta love that. Both had trust in all their players. I’ve seen Martz up close and that’s the way he is. No Bruce or Holt? Go to Az Hakim, Looker, Curtis, McDonald, Furrey. Has anyone noticed that Furrey was the leading receiver in the league with Detroit? No, oops, you have no idea who Furrey is. All the theories about Martz? Sorry, give them up. He will kick your ass. If you had a competition, in which all the teams were weapons, and you gave Martz the Lions, everyone would laugh on the floor. He finished 7-9, not great, except Marinelli without Martz the next year finished 0-16.
    Marshall Faulk actually has more knowlege about this than 172.5 posters on this site. So let it rip. I will put my moeny with Marz over these smartasses who played the game in high school.

  26. FumbleNuts says: Feb 13, 2010 12:15 AM

    “In his system you got to be able to run,” Holt said. “[Y]ou better be able to run, you better be cerebral, you better be able to learn, and you better have thick skin because he’s so demanding, you’re working with a guy who’s a perfectionist.
    Work hard fellas, the reward will come.
    Best regards,
    Kurt W.

  27. The Polish Rifle says: Feb 13, 2010 12:32 AM

    Holy s**t, Drat!
    Put down the pipe!
    ” Bears in the NFC title game this coming season. ”
    The bears couldn’t even execute a Ron Turner offense but you think they will be able to instantly grasp a Martz one, & go to the NFC title game? Come on man!
    The bear offensive line couldn’t protect very well last year, but they will all of sudden be able to execute protection for all of the Martz 5 & 7 step drops? Again, come on man!
    The bears are all of a sudden going to become NFC title contenders in spite of glaring holes everywhere on the team & no high round draft picks, because of Martz & the possible signing of Torry Holt? I’ve now seen & heard it all.
    Thanks for the good laugh & I will enjoy next year as the Packers sweep the bears for the 2nd year in a row.
    I fixed your quote for you as I’m sure that you meant to say…
    Packers will be in the NFC title game this coming season.

  28. The Notorious V.I.C. says: Feb 13, 2010 12:54 AM

    This should be a no-brainer. Holt is better than any WR on the Bears except for maybe Aromashodu (if his play the last 2 games is any indication of his skills) or Knox. Maybe.
    Earl Bennett is OK, but nothing more than that, and he’s not very fast.
    Devin Hester is also just OK, obviously explosive, but more of a #3 guy.

  29. last starfighter says: Feb 13, 2010 8:10 AM

    I am becoming more sure by the second the bears will have as bad or likely worse record next season than this past one. Martz was like the eighth guy on their list of OC’s for a reason. Mainly the Bears will continue to struggle because they have nothing in the trenches on either side of the ball and they still have Jeff George jr. at QB.

  30. FLORIOLEADSWITNESSES says: Feb 13, 2010 8:32 AM

    # SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK 2.0OH! says: February 12, 2010 9:40 PM
    1) You better be able to run
    2) You better be cerebral
    3) You better be able to learn
    4) You better have thick skin because he’s so demanding
    “If you can’t do those three things…….”
    Torry Holt and his new math.
    EPIC FAIL SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK
    having thick skin is not something you DO, it’s something you…well…HAVE!!!
    so next time you question someone’s intelligence look in the mirror first.

  31. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK 2.0OH! says: Feb 13, 2010 10:17 AM

    The hamsters are crashing here again at PFT.

  32. FireJerryJones says: Feb 13, 2010 10:21 AM

    Sign him… that’l lgive Jay another reason to have a sucky year.
    NotMyFault Cutler.

  33. sonicjizzmopper says: Feb 13, 2010 11:29 AM

    Been so long since I listened to the score. For whatever reason 670 does not come in on my car and I didn’t even know Florio was on that!

  34. IAVikefan says: Feb 13, 2010 12:03 PM

    Holt may as well go to Chicago. The Bears is where receivers go to die.

  35. Jagmankane says: Feb 16, 2010 10:00 AM

    As a Jags fan I’ll tell you what Holt has left in the tank.
    700 yds 0 TD’s
    So with Cutler at QB he should probably hit close to the same yardage with maybe a couple TD’s, but don’t expect much.
    However, I do believe he helped our young WRs along the way. MSW, Thomas, and Dillard all showed great promise this past season and I am sure he had a lil to do with their NFL maturation.

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