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Marshall Faulk: Bears don’t have the receivers Mike Martz needs

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If Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz wants to put pressure on the front office to get him a better receiving corps, one way to do that would be to create a public perception that the Bears simply don’t have the personnel to run the Martz offense.

So when we see quotes along those lines from Marshall Faulk, who played for Martz in St. Louis, we can’t help but wonder if Faulk is doing Martz’s bidding.

Faulk told the Chicago Tribune that when he looks at the Bears’ roster, he doesn’t see a single player who plays the wide receiver position the right way.

I see no pure wideout,” Faulk said. “When we ran Martz’ offense in St. Louis we had three or four pure wideouts.”

Faulk was particularly critical of Johnny Knox, the Bears’ No. 1 receiver.

“In this offense if you run a slant and a defender is coming down on you then you have to cross his face,” Faulk said. “But every time I see Johnny Knox run a slant he goes behind the defender and you see an interception go the other way and everyone looks at Jay Cutler and says, ‘How did he throw that pass?’ That is going to be a mistake no matter who the quarterback is. . . . If you are still teaching that stuff to your wide receivers then in this offense you can’t blame the QB.”

So Faulk votes for blaming the Bears’ receivers instead. And we have a feeling that before saying that publicly, he talked to Martz about it privately.

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  1. lbpackfan says: Feb 11, 2011 9:34 AM

    What’s wrong with Earl Bennett, Johnny Knox and Devin Aramashadizzle or whatever? (LOL)

  2. domeunit says: Feb 11, 2011 9:38 AM

    The Bears went to the NFC Championship….Faulk=idiot. I’m not a Bears fan, and yeah they don’t have an Andre Johnson, but they still got the job done.

  3. evpimp says: Feb 11, 2011 9:39 AM

    Wrong Marshall Faulk!

    Bears don’t have the QB Mike Martz needs!

  4. theo547 says: Feb 11, 2011 9:39 AM

    or… It could be that this offense is broken… hence why Martz couldnt get a job anywhere else.

  5. emac11 says: Feb 11, 2011 9:42 AM

    Well he’s right. They also don’t have the offensive line to run Martz’s offense. Or the quarterback. Or the runningback.

  6. hailyurii says: Feb 11, 2011 9:45 AM

    I WILL DRIVE CHAD OCHOCINCO UP TO CHICAGO FOR A THIRD ROUND DRAFT PICK. -MIKE BROWN

  7. nickynick04 says: Feb 11, 2011 9:47 AM

    On offense if you run a slant and a defender is coming down on you then you have to cross his face,But if you run a slant he goes behind the defender and you see an interception go the other way and everyone looks at the QB and says, ‘How did he throw that pass?’ That is going to be a mistake no matter who the quarterback is. . . . If you are still teaching that stuff to your wide outs, they missed the boat…

    very good learning tool here,,,no matter who your team is

  8. dfinpds says: Feb 11, 2011 9:52 AM

    Marshall Faulk is just a smug know-it-all….I’m not a bears fan……but the team is good…..why isn’t martz a headcoach? cuz his offense is figured out by the rest of the league….faulk is a tool

  9. dfeltz says: Feb 11, 2011 9:52 AM

    Faulk is 100% right. Knox is soft, he never goes and gets the ball, he allows it to come to him.

  10. jdandcoke says: Feb 11, 2011 9:53 AM

    the rams offense had one HOF’er (faulk himself), two probable HOF’ers (warner and holt), and one near HOF’er (bruce) in that offense. very few teams can compare to that rams team.

  11. chapnastier says: Feb 11, 2011 9:54 AM

    We are talking about a team that nearly got to the Superbowl on the back of a third string QB. What the hell is Faulk talking about?

  12. angrycorgi says: Feb 11, 2011 9:55 AM

    …or the quarterback…

  13. 11inthebox says: Feb 11, 2011 10:05 AM

    @ domeunit, evpimp, theo547, dfinpds, etc.

    So Marshall Faulk, a guy who spent years playing in and studying Mike Martz offense, identifies what the Bears need to do to improve.

    And you know-nothing clowns still think you know better than he does?

    Really?

  14. mfclock says: Feb 11, 2011 10:06 AM

    I agree, knox always gets out hustled against the packers’ physical corners and d.hall beat him for four picks. Bennett is the only “real” receiver on that team.

  15. ninjapleazee says: Feb 11, 2011 10:11 AM

    Fitzgerald please come to Chicago

  16. allascowboys says: Feb 11, 2011 10:12 AM

    Faulk is right. The bears have a lot of speed at the WR position, but what they really need is a possession receiver. Some one who can catch, run the routes (the right way), get spacing from the defender, and is not affraid to get hit.

  17. cwt123 says: Feb 11, 2011 10:19 AM

    I love Mike Martz. He has been successful everywhere he has gone. He turned Kitna into a 4000 yard passer in Detroit and while he was there, at least made the 49ers offense respectable.

    He was a winner in St. Louis (obviously,) and I would consider him at least partially a success in Detroit. AFTER HE LEFT, everyone complained that they needed to run the ball more. Well, Detroit tried and went 0-16.

    Now, he has helped take Chicago to the playoffs.

    I think he knows football. If he is asking for a wide receiver, then get him one. Then judge if he’s successful afterward…….

  18. packattack1967 says: Feb 11, 2011 10:25 AM

    Non of the Bears WO’s would make the Packers game roster. Just sayin’

  19. canjura says: Feb 11, 2011 10:27 AM

    @jdancoke: you also forget, they always had extremely talented slot receivers which had key roles during their amazing “Greatest Show On Turf” days: Ricky Phroel, Az-Zahir Hakim, Kevin Curtis, Shaun McDonald.

  20. jc1958coo says: Feb 11, 2011 10:29 AM

    if the QB could stand on 2 legs, they might catch one!

  21. Rex Grossman says: Feb 11, 2011 10:29 AM

    +1 for dfeltz. Knox doesn’t have a future as a #1 receiver. He is very soft and often looks clueless. He is a #3 at best. Hester is a 3 or 4, or maybe shouldn’t even be a receiver at all. Bennett is okay, but a 3 as well. Martz is a douche but Faulk is right, even though he is a douche as well. The Bears have a bunch of David Patton’s.

  22. Rex Grossman says: Feb 11, 2011 10:30 AM

    It is unknown if David Patton is also a douche. I will assume he is.

  23. tombrookshire says: Feb 11, 2011 10:33 AM

    Doesn’t Faulk have the right to his own opinion? Why should it be speculated here that Faulk is Martz’s lap dog because he says that the Bear offense doesn’t yet have the talent needed to run the greatest show on Chicago’s crappy, green-painted dirt field. Martz showed once again what a great coach he is by turning around Cutler, who was quickly becoming a head case, and a fairly ordinary group of receivers and offensive linemen.

  24. bradybunch12 says: Feb 11, 2011 10:34 AM

    jdandcoke says:
    Feb 11, 2011 9:53 AM
    the rams offense had one HOF’er (faulk himself), two probable HOF’ers (warner and holt), and one near HOF’er (bruce) in that offense. very few teams can compare to that rams team.
    ————————————————–
    Thank you for pointing this out I was thinking the same thing, and all those players jdandcoke mentioned in his post is why I don’t ever wanna hear how Martz is a offensive genius there is only one true borderline genius head coach in the NFL
    and he is in New England and even he needs great players too at times.

  25. borderline1988 says: Feb 11, 2011 10:36 AM

    @ domeunit

    Please don’t say that Marshall Faulk must be wrong because “the Bears made the NFC championship”.

    The Bears going to the NFC championship has nothing to do with how good they are. I don’t think any team had such an easy route to the conference championship in NFL history.

    They had only 3 wins against opponents with winning records in the regular season (Jets, Packers, Eagles) and the combined point differential in those 3 games were 12 points, let alone that they were solidly outplayed in the Packers game (the Packers threw that one away with penalties and mistakes).
    They were destroyed by the Patriots and Giants, and lost to the Seahawks and Redskins.

    Then, their only playoff win was a home game against the worst team to make the playoffs in NFL history.
    This Bears team was never any good. No one ever had any doubts concerning whether the Packers were better than them or not. THey lucked out with an easy schedule and a weak regular season division b/c of injuries (and generally, a weak NFC conference).

  26. jarrman46 says: Feb 11, 2011 10:37 AM

    The Bears made it to the NFC championship because of their defense and special teams and a huge amount of luck. 3 games against 3rd string qbs plus given a game against Detriot in week 1. Plus Seattle did them a favor by beating New Orleans. The reason Chicago was still in the NFC championship game at the end was more a testament to their defense stopping GB from pushiing the score out of reach in the secondhalf when they had multiple oppurtunitys. There entire offense is horrible except for Forte. |That recieving corps is horrible. Cutler is to inconsistent and offensiveline is horrible. Plus if Martz is so great why does he seem to be on a different team every season.

  27. shorttracknews says: Feb 11, 2011 10:37 AM

    As a Bears fan I agree 100%, especially on Knox. Don’t get me wrong, I like Knox but I was on another football site and it said 12 of Cutler’s 16 interceptions were thrown to Knox and 1 more in the playoffs. He doesn’t break anything up. If the ball is right on then most times he makes the catch. If it’s not perfect, forget then..it’s usually picked.

  28. Rex Grossman says: Feb 11, 2011 10:40 AM

    Lets compare the Bears to the 2003 Eagles. The 2003 and before Eagles 3 were Todd Pinkston, James Thrash, and Freddie fuggin’ Mitchell. McNabb had 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. In 2004 with the addition of Terrell Owens, McNabb had 31 touchdowns and 8 INTs. Coincidence? I think n..well, maybe, I guess, but probably not. The original cast was very similar to this Bears squad. Just OK guys that will never really make a huge impact. With Cutler at QB and Forte at RB, a big time WR threat would make this team a major force.

  29. AlanSaysYo says: Feb 11, 2011 10:42 AM

    The assumption that the Bears’ wideouts are beyond reproach because the team made the NFC championship game is comical.

  30. ch0rn says: Feb 11, 2011 10:44 AM

    The Bears went with what they had.

    Steve Smith wants out of Carolina, he could be an upgrade for a couple of years for a possession receiver. He is 32, but he probably knows how to correctly run a slant route.

  31. cruells says: Feb 11, 2011 10:48 AM

    Marshall Faulk is nothing short of a genius..

    I mean the man has figured out what everybody but him has know for years..

    It’s amazing how they have gone for years without drafting or signing some wideouts..

  32. arnoldziffel says: Feb 11, 2011 10:48 AM

    Yeah, I would tend to agree with Marshall.

    The Bears have traditionally been a run-first, tough defensive minded outfit who never really put much emphasis on the passing game.

    They’ve now spent about three seasons trying to make a formidable kick returner into a number one receiver … and it hasn’t worked yet.

    As a Packer fan, over the years, I’ve never really worried about the Bear’s passing game … like it or not … it’s always seemed to be an after-thought.

    As an offensive coordinator, Martz is a little quirky anyway – and finding the right receivers for his brand of offense has to be difficult.

  33. boozemonk3y says: Feb 11, 2011 10:52 AM

    Totally agree with Marshall on this one. As a Bears fan I was in awe of the statements that Angelo said going itno this year that our recieving corps is perfect for the offense.

    First of all Cutler needs a BIG target like Marshall in Denver, somebody he has confidence in when he is under pressure.

    Second they need a speed guy with sticky hands.

    Right now I don’t see either of those guys on the roster.

  34. negativten says: Feb 11, 2011 10:52 AM

    The Bears “ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE” ,the playoffs just exposed them!

  35. innoculo says: Feb 11, 2011 10:52 AM

    Marshall Faulk = Captain Obvious

  36. lrt79 says: Feb 11, 2011 11:17 AM

    borderline1988 says: Feb 11, 2011 10:36 AM

    blah blah blah bunch of words that prove I don’t know what I’m talking about blah blah blah

    ——————————————–

    Hey borderline, if the Bears benefited from a weak schedule, weak conference, etc. etc., doesn’t that mean the Packers did as well since they played almost the exact same schedule minus two games?

    The Packers only beat four teams with winning records. They lost to the Redskins and Lions.

    You can cherry-pick all you want, but a team does not win 12 games in a season through sheer luck.

    Quit regurgitating the opinions of the sports press and get your own, man.

    Faulk is absolutely right. I read somewhere that of the 16 INTs Cutler threw this season, 13 were intended for Knox. How many of those 13 were because Knox either missed his route, quit on his route, got beat, etc? Several.

    Knox has a ton of upside, but he’ll never be a legit #1 receiver.

  37. supashug says: Feb 11, 2011 11:18 AM

    good article, bad interpretation as usual, I am sure Marshall called Martz to see what was ok to say when he is quoted, no f in way

  38. bombacim says: Feb 11, 2011 11:22 AM

    Absolutely True. They are set at TE and RB. The Bears have good complimentary wr’s in Bennet and Knox, but need a proto-type WR 1. There are many out there for the taking this year. V. Jackson, C. OchoCinco, B. Edwards, Sid Rice. Go and get them. Work on O Line in the draft. They have the money because they were very smart in paying Pepper’s a lot last year. And have 20 mil more than the Packers to pay players this year. Go and get one of these guys early and you will see a big difference and a dangerous offense.

  39. digital muscles says: Feb 11, 2011 11:26 AM

    He knows that offense so I will respect his opinion. Oh yeah and he is right!!! How does Jay Cutler not scream at these guys? They are not good.

  40. emperorzero says: Feb 11, 2011 11:27 AM

    Martz’s offense always looks better when you have Bruce, Holt, Az-Hakim and Proehl running the routes, Faulk in the back field and Pace and Timmerman on the offensive line. I would look like a genius too if I had two sure fire Hall of Famers (Faulk and Pace) and arguably two at wide receiver running my offense.

  41. theo547 says: Feb 11, 2011 11:32 AM

    11inthebox says:
    Feb 11, 2011 10:05 AM
    @ domeunit, evpimp, theo547, dfinpds, etc.

    So Marshall Faulk, a guy who spent years playing in and studying Mike Martz offense, identifies what the Bears need to do to improve.

    And you know-nothing clowns still think you know better than he does?

    ==================================

    And the fact that the Rams are the only team that has had any sustained success with that offense 10 years ago… that’s like saying – well Lombardi used the power sweep to win 6 titles… lets bring that back – nobody will ever see it coming.

    You sir are the clown. The NFL evolves like any other sport and Mike Martz (Mad Martz) does not. See 49er’s, Lions and Bears… and the Rams after he got run out of town there also.

    Eat dirt dude – Da Bears still SUCK!

  42. xlvchamps says: Feb 11, 2011 11:44 AM

    More breaking news from Marshall Faulk…

    The Bears Still Suck!

    How do you lose an NFC Championship Game in Soldier Field? Oh I know…You play the Packers, thats how!

    Come on Trolls…give me the thumbs down.

    But the Bears “ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE”…LOSERS! :(

    It must really suck to be a Bears fan but I would not know. GO PACK GO!!!!

  43. purpleguy says: Feb 11, 2011 11:48 AM

    They better get some WRs quick, cause the reason they won the NFCN (defense) is aging fast.

  44. clarkis says: Feb 11, 2011 11:52 AM

    Faulk is a tool, doing a 180, he must have had a dinner with Martz recently at Mike’s expense. Go back to the Bears game versus NYG, Faulk blamed Cutler for holding the ball too long taking sacks(last years complaints were picks), he showed 3 plays, and on every one of them the receivers were well covered, in a sense saying a pick would be better than the loss of yards sack. As for Knox, Cutler’s pass in the NFC championship game prior to halftime would have been a touchdown by 85-90% of the receivers in the NFL, CFL or NFLeurope leagues, way to go get it at its highest point Johnny, worst case he draws an interference by jumping up for it. The bears are 3-5 pieces away from a a lengthy run at some titles.

  45. dabears2485 says: Feb 11, 2011 11:59 AM

    Martz sucks. His play calling was terrible this year, and when he finally made adjustments to fit his personnel he didn’t stick with it consistently. He foolishly uplifted Manumaleuna – a guy that can’t catch, can’t run, and most definitely can’t block – over a stud-quality tight end in Olsen. He “didn’t trust” Caleb Hanie, which resulted in a five interception performance against the Panthers, of all teams, and three PAINFUL series in the NFC Championship game. How can this man be complimented when it was HIS idea to sign Todd Collins? Three more series, and Hanie may have been able to pull that game off. I’m not saying would have, but it was certainly possible. We’ll never know.

    Instead of lobbying for Manumaleuna, perhaps he should have lobbied for Anquan Boldin. Or Santonio Holmes. Or Brandon Marshall. Perhaps he should have adjusted his system to fit his players rather than trying to force a mediocre group to try to live up to the standards set by the likes of Faulk, Holt, Bruce, Warner, Pace….and those are just the hall of fame calibre guys. The Bears have one: Kreutz….and he’s way past his prime.

    I blame two people for the terrible season: Martz and Cutler. Martz because his coordination was terrible. Ron Turner did as good if not a beter job the season before. Cutler I blame not for his toughness, as so many ignorant people have done, but for his unwillingness to focus on his mechanics. He missed his receivers more often than they were “out-hustled” simply because he threw off his back foot, even when there was no pressure on him.

    Martz should’ve been canned, and Hanie should be given a legitimate shot at a starting job….not handed it, but given a real shot at winning it. But we all know that will never happen. The Bears will make a modicrum of offensive effort this off-season while drafting 2 more defensive lineman and 2 more DB’s, like always. And then the offense will suck again next year because the personnel people don’t know how to build an offense and Martz doesn’t know how to adjust one.

  46. jarrman46 says: Feb 11, 2011 12:08 PM

    Hhhmm thePackers only beat 4 teams with winning records. Lets check
    Bears x2
    Eagles x2
    Falcons x2
    Jets
    Steelers
    Giants

    Last i Checked that equals 9
    Bears are light years behind Packers Eagles Falcons Saints and Buccs. Dont fool yourself because you (almost) won. Almost doesnt mean anything

  47. broncsfan says: Feb 11, 2011 12:13 PM

    Any Bears fan who disputes these statements has simply been too traumatized by their team’s history to see the truth. We’re talking about an organization that believes so ardently in the ability of D to win games alone that they once abandoned their only viable WR at the time, Berrian, to see if maybe, who knows, Devin Hester might be a good wideout. The team who, prior to Cutler, could literally count Kyle Orton as probably their best QB of the past decade (but then insisted on him backing up Grossman), and who seemed to like it that way. Bears fans, you deserve better, and you should be pissed if they don’t go out and get the WR that might put them over the top.

  48. coolhand5930 says: Feb 11, 2011 12:38 PM

    Two things

    Martz gets his QB’s killed (Warner, Bulger, Kitna, O’Sullivan and now Cutler). That’s a big reason why teams are leary with him.

    Second, if all of the receivers are doing what Faulk is saying, then some of the blame has to go on the coaching staff, including Martz. That’s a fundamental/technique issue.

  49. 11inthebox says: Feb 11, 2011 12:44 PM

    @theo547, who says:

    And the fact that the Rams are the only team that has had any sustained success with that offense 10 years ago… that’s like saying – well Lombardi used the power sweep to win 6 titles… lets bring that back – nobody will ever see it coming.
    You sir are the clown. The NFL evolves like any other sport and Mike Martz (Mad Martz) does not. See 49er’s, Lions and Bears… and the Rams after he got run out of town there also.
    —————————————–
    Wrong again. It’s about more than just the theory of the scheme. It’s about executing the basic principles behind it.

    The Packers’ power sweep was effective for the same reason Norv Turner’s offense in Dallas worked—a tireless application of fundamental technique by players who don’t take short cuts or freelance. When you have guys who understand the principles and always apply them (like crossing a guy’s face on a slant route) then you will have consistent success.

    John Wooden won 10 titles because his guys did the same things (same three man weave) over and over and over again. No one freelanced and no one wavered from teh script. Same applies to football.

  50. tompapp1 says: Feb 11, 2011 12:49 PM

    This piece is so typical of today’s sports media. It brings up a legit point about Knox then takes an absolutely unnecessary cheap shot at Martz and Faulk. This is total BS to try to undermine Martz’s relationship with Bears mgmt. I bet jerkoff MDS was one of those media creatures who said the Cutler Martz marriage is doomed. So now he tries to do whatever little bit he can to sabotage that relationship by trying to put a wedge between Martz and his employers. This is shoddy self serving slimeball journalism.

    As a Bears fan I have been saying since their loss to the Pack that the Bears problem on offense is number one they have only two WR’s who are physical enough to deal with getting bumped around by DB’s. These are Bennett and Rashied Davis. The Bears need to add at least one more WR who is tough and physical and doesn’t shy away from a the physical part of their game. Same for their oline where they need at least two more olineman who are physical and tackles who can consistently block for 7 step drops. The do NOT need a new OC, QB RB. If the Bears add 2 physical starting olineman and a physical wideout with quality hands, their offensive unit will be one of the most dangerous of all units in the NFL.

  51. 4dabears says: Feb 11, 2011 12:56 PM

    Faulk is right on. Knox does not have the size nor football sense to run a slant IN FRONT of the defender.

  52. emoney826 says: Feb 11, 2011 1:03 PM

    OR, maybe its the fact that mike martz is HIGHLY overrated. What has this guy done since he was handed a powerful offense in st. Louis? If he was so great, he would have been in high demand from legit teams. Instead, he got jobs with san fran and Chicago. He sucks. Always has.

  53. dgforreal says: Feb 11, 2011 1:09 PM

    Marshall Marshall Marshall!!

    I love this man. Not because of his comments on this matter, but for what he did on the field.

  54. jcusa514 says: Feb 11, 2011 1:30 PM

    domeunit says: Feb 11, 2011 9:38 AM

    The Bears went to the NFC Championship….Faulk=idiot. I’m not a Bears fan, and yeah they don’t have an Andre Johnson, but they still got the job done.
    ——————————————————
    fyi – the seahawks made it to the divisional round too

  55. iced107 says: Feb 11, 2011 1:30 PM

    Although these Faulk haters are hilarious.

    If theres anyone who really understood and knew the in-n-outs of the Martz offense, its Faulk. Not only was he occassionally doing warner’s job (lining up people, getting the rook’s situated, calling protections), he knew everyone elses assignment and was the key component of the GSOT.Without Marshall’s smarts and ability, there is NO GSOT.

    Go back to your cave’s Faulk hater’s – let the man who actually knows what he’s talking speak. Its not such a common act anymore these days (anyone ever hear Trent Dilfer commenting on quarterback’s?)

  56. iced107 says: Feb 11, 2011 1:36 PM

    And the fact that the Rams are the only team that has had any sustained success with that offense 10 years ago… that’s like saying – well Lombardi used the power sweep to win 6 titles… lets bring that back – nobody will ever see it coming.

    You sir are the clown. The NFL evolves like any other sport and Mike Martz (Mad Martz) does not. See 49er’s, Lions and Bears… and the Rams after he got run out of town there also.

    Eat dirt dude – Da Bears still SUCK!

    ————————————————–

    If you’re going to try to bash martz,don’t be an idiot. Every place he went to improved offensively and regressed after he left,even in St.Louis. (Scott Linehan’s offense was a joke and turned over play calling to Greg olsen late in the season, ironically the offense improved)

  57. jasncondit says: Feb 11, 2011 1:51 PM

    As a Detroit Lions fan I must say Marshall we already tried that experiment and it failed miserable. Receiver after Receiver and Receiver. We shipped so many of them out of Detroit we should call our says the Detroit Shipping and Receiving or rather Receiving and Shipping…lol

  58. angelosdraftboard says: Feb 11, 2011 2:15 PM

    Lets be honest there is no way to accurately evaluate Cutler on the current Bears roster. With the exception of Matt Forte not one Bears offensive player could start for the Packers and most wouldn’t even be second string. Secondly, Cutler is on his 4th offensive coordinator and 4th offensive system in 5 years. Be interseting to see how Rodgers would play with Bear offense. My guess is there would be less picks but he would have been watching the Super Bowl with the rest of the Bears if he had the misfortune of being drafted by them.

  59. theo547 says: Feb 11, 2011 2:26 PM

    iced107 says:
    If you’re going to try to bash martz,don’t be an idiot. Every place he went to improved offensively and regressed after he left,even in St.Louis. (Scott Linehan’s offense was a joke and turned over play calling to Greg olsen late in the season, ironically the offense improved)

    ==================

    That is like saying the QB with the highest rating is the best QB in the league…
    Last i checked they NFL was all about Wins and LOSSES and im pretty sure that the Rams are the only winners Martz can put on his resume’

    He has an offense that wishes it could perform like the Saints or Packers or Pats. , but the truth is his theory on offense is broken it took 3 years for every DC in the league to figure out how to stop it… some can… some cant its not his genious that makes that happen its the personel on the defensive side of the ball. The Bears likewise have a defense that could play offense against some teams in this league (See Seahawks) so they dug them out of alot of bad games this year!

    Dont talk if you dont know what your talking about – Im sure the Bears offense looked really good on Madden at the end of the season.

    Im not saying the guy cant coach. Im saying his system is out-dated. The guy made Jon Kitna look like a probowler, but i dont remember them wining more then 7 games.

  60. rpiotr01 says: Feb 11, 2011 2:38 PM

    Lot of people saying the Bears need a prototype #1 WR, whatever that means.

    I disagree. They need a guy who is smart and runs good routes. Two huge things overlooked at WR. Everyone likes the guys who are huge, have blazing speed and have massive vertical leaps – good luck finding them. They’d improve their team by looking for a guy like Greg Jennings or Steve Smith (Giants). Not the most physically talented but they have an instinct for route running and are smart enough to adjust where they’re supposed to.

    Honestly, if I’m running the Bears, I’d make a play for James Jones of GB. I know there will be some snark about how he drops passes, but the guy gets open, he’s physical, he runs good routes – he’s REAL wide receiver. Not a burner, and not a project, but a real receiver. He’d walk in there as their #1 guy.

  61. jc1958cool says: Feb 11, 2011 2:44 PM

    nobody can make a comment anymore, without getting ridiculed! if thats the case then DA BEARSSSSS SUCK!!!lol

  62. universalcynic says: Feb 11, 2011 2:52 PM

    He’s 100% right. Chicago has three slot receivers and a TE that could easily be a #2 WR as well.

    What Marshall is failing to mention is the cost of a Mike Martz offense. If you need three pure WRs to run the offense, that is a ton of cash to spend.

    You’ll feel the loss someplace else. He’s right though. If they can draft a decent #1 WR and pick up another in FA, they’ll be dangerous for sure.

  63. neatz says: Feb 11, 2011 2:57 PM

    Faulk is right,
    If Chicago really needs to win then they need to sign Randy Moss, who will love Cutler as he will force the ball in tight windows and Moss will still be bale to come with the ball.

    They should also try to trade for Steve Smith from carolina and then Chicago will be a different team and might even be able to beat a loaded packers team. That division will become very good with detriot also coming along very strong

  64. rho1953 says: Feb 11, 2011 3:05 PM

    The Bears were gifted one game by the refs, and played against at three third string QBs’. Their offense is pathetically weak and their WR corps wouldn’t start for most DI college teams. They are an incredibly mediocre team and they are an old, incredibly mediocre team. They will be looking up at the Packers for a long time.

  65. wiscoboy says: Feb 11, 2011 3:16 PM

    Bears still suck!!!

  66. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Feb 11, 2011 3:46 PM

    mfclock says:
    Feb 11, 2011 10:06 AM
    I agree, knox always gets out hustled against the packers’ physical corners and d.hall beat him for four picks. Bennett is the only “real” receiver on that team.
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    1) Knox weighs like a buck 30 soaking wet…that’s not helping him.

    2) Martz has lost any edge of anything he had. He’s no different that Holmgren (or Jerry Sloan for that matter….) He doesn’t have it, and apparently alot of people have a short memory as to how deep that St. Louis team was. There O line was at the time the best by far in the league as well.

    3) Until that O-line is fixed in Chi-town, the Bears are going nowhere. Yeah they were in the NFCCG…..will not be anywhere close to that next year.

  67. 13xworldchamps says: Feb 11, 2011 4:01 PM

    the Bears had the most storybook season they could have had, Megatrons non touchdown, Packers 18 called penalties that stopped and touchdown and 2 picks that would have won the game, How mwany second and third string QB’s did they play against, and no major injuries…..you’ll need more than a couple receivers…..they played smoke and mirrirs with the O line, Cutlers a basket case and the best players on that Defense are all way on the wrong side of 30…………this was the Bears last chance with this team and they blew it….I’m not sure what was better, winning the super bowl, or beating the Bears not once, but twice in the last month of the season, and on their home turf for the NFC chamoipnship…….Game….Set….Match

    GO PACKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  68. insertnamehere2 says: Feb 11, 2011 4:13 PM

    HUGE suprise to hear Marshall say that!!! The Bears for some reason send good talent down the road if they are not choir boys (Brandon Lloyd) I think he was leading the AFC in receiving yds. this year with a guy named Kyle Orton throwing to him…ANGELO’S RULES=you must play my draftpicks no matter how bad they are..Chris I can’t play Tackle Williams..Johnny Faster than hell Knox..Devin where the *&ck am Isuppose to be Hester…Greg I can’t block anybody Olsen..Is there any other team that carries 4 TE’s with the best all around (Desmond Clark) with splinters in his ass from the bench!!!!! UHHGGGG!!!

  69. jsesquire says: Feb 11, 2011 6:24 PM

    Guess what Marshall Faulk? Not every team has the perfect players to run it’s ideal system. A great coach adapts the system to the players he has on his team.

  70. juancorsair says: Feb 11, 2011 10:33 PM

    So when we see quotes along those lines from Marshall Faulk, who played for Martz in St. Louis, we can’t help but wonder if Faulk is doing Martz’s bidding.

    Quit looking for conspiracies… Da Bears’ receivers blow. They are using a punt returner as a wideout because simply because he can run fast, for god’s sake. Faulk is merely pointing out the obvious.

  71. iced107 says: Feb 12, 2011 11:54 AM

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    That is like saying the QB with the highest rating is the best QB in the league…
    Last i checked they NFL was all about Wins and LOSSES and im pretty sure that the Rams are the only winners Martz can put on his resume’

    He has an offense that wishes it could perform like the Saints or Packers or Pats. , but the truth is his theory on offense is broken it took 3 years for every DC in the league to figure out how to stop it… some can… some cant its not his genious that makes that happen its the personel on the defensive side of the ball. The Bears likewise have a defense that could play offense against some teams in this league (See Seahawks) so they dug them out of alot of bad games this year!
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    I seriously doubt you know anything about Mike Martz or the Air Coryell system. Every DC in the league tries to break down any other coordinator’s system.

    Just because you also have a system,that does not mean you cannot effectively run it without the proper players in the place. When the Packer’s defense switched over from a 4-3 to a 3-4 under Com capers,they were pretty ugly the first season.Another year comes along the way,they get some more pieces to fit their defense and bam – now they’re Coordinator went from “incompetent” to top 5 in the league.

    Same with Mart’z offense – if you have terrible receiver’s, you’re going to have a terrible offense. To begin with, Faulk is right about the receiver’s for the bears. There isn’t a single stud receiver on that team,just a bunch of #3 and #4’s.

    Not many coordinator’s have been able to stop the Air Coryell system – because whether you like it or not, he does produce points wherever he goes. If the system was so easily stoppped,it probably would have never made it to martz,and his system wouldn’t have had the on going success he has been having with the limit talent he has to work with.

    If you polish a turd,its still a turd.

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