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Mike Martz: I’d never ask Caleb Hanie to run a Kurt Warner offense

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One of the big questions facing the Bears in Oakland today is whether quarterback Caleb Hanie can be the right fit in the Mike Martz offense. But Martz says that’s not as big an issue as you might think.

Instead, Martz says, he can tailor an offense for the talents of an individual quarterback. The Greatest Show on Turf offense that Martz ran with Kurt Warner in St. Louis isn’t the same thing as the offense Martz has run in Chicago with Jay Cutler, and it’s even further from what Martz will ask Cutler to do.

“The things we were doing in St. Louis — get it out quick, things happen so quick — we’d never ask him to do that kind of stuff,” Martz told the Chicago Tribune.

Martz says that with Hanie, he’s just going to continue an offensive evolution that began when the Bears realized they needed to do more to protect Cutler: More running, more fullbacks, more tight ends.

“We can really run the football,” Martz said. “Those two big tight ends and the back and the line, they are just getting better every week. It allows you to go bang, bang, bang, get them all up there, and then throw it. There is nothing worse than having to throw the football every snap. I hated that because it’s just so stressful for everybody. The quarterback gets hit. That’s not fun. Fortunately, that’s not where we are.”

And being a quarterback who can win games with a big game passing is not where Hanie is. But Martz thinks he’s got the right offense to make things work with Hanie.

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24 Responses to “Mike Martz: I’d never ask Caleb Hanie to run a Kurt Warner offense”
  1. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Nov 27, 2011 7:23 AM

    Let’s keep a good thought Bears fans :)

    Bear down!

  2. edmazeing1 says: Nov 27, 2011 7:26 AM

    Just lose today Hanie!!!

  3. joetoronto says: Nov 27, 2011 7:26 AM

    Wow, even Mike Martz realizes a running game is important, and it only took him decades to figure it out.

    The man almost destroyed Kurt Warner’s career and did destroy Marc Bulger’s and others.

  4. garyman1 says: Nov 27, 2011 7:54 AM

    Isn’t Caleb Hanie the son of Mr. Hanie from Green Acres ?

  5. rubicon202 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:10 AM

    Well Mark, I hope 4 UR sake u can do those things but honestly I think Chicago is going to get plundered & abused for their “Booty”…

  6. CKL says: Nov 27, 2011 8:20 AM

    Interesting he says this about tailoring to his QB when it’s a known fact that Cutler had to go to him and BEG him to run the ball more, etc so he wouldn’t die out there. So that must mean that since Cutler was capable of running the O that’s all he looked at rather than whether the REST of the team was capable at that point in time?

  7. bettis3636 says: Nov 27, 2011 8:22 AM

    Mike Martz is a cancer!!! Cant stand this clown… A “Kurt Warner offence…” UM FOOL… Kurt Warner was a shelf stocker!! He became “Kurt Warner” in ur offence… WAY TO SHOW CONFIDENCE IN UR QB BUDDY!!!

  8. govtminion says: Nov 27, 2011 8:45 AM

    If Martz can run a different offense for Hanie, what kept him from doing it all these years for other QBs? Somewhere Marc Bulger is sobbing hysterically.

  9. huejackson says: Nov 27, 2011 8:55 AM

    whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Nov 27, 2011 7:23 AM

    Let’s keep a good thought Bears fans :)

    Bear down!
    ——————————————————
    ‘Really? Really? Bear down?
    How lame is that!
    Bears will crumble, The Raiders front 4 is going to destroy that QB..
    Bears only chance is to run the ball every play…
    Raiders will not blow the game out but Raiders will have a huge lead at the half and hold on to that..
    So dont get excited in the second half when your QB throws 2 tds and it looks like they are coming back.. Just ask the Vikings it never works out

  10. diggittey says: Nov 27, 2011 8:57 AM

    This isnt going to be much of a change at all – Bears can run the same offenseive scheme they have the last 5 weeks and be pretty successful. Tough road game but the Bears should handle them over 60 minutes.

  11. i3addog says: Nov 27, 2011 9:09 AM

    FYI

    If you want to keep Bears out of your backyard, put up a goalpost.

  12. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Nov 27, 2011 9:20 AM

    @huejackson says:

    ‘Really? Really? Bear down?
    How lame is that!

    ————————————————

    Blah, blah, blah.

    I think the only other NFL fans that are as close to as delusional as Oakland/LA/Oakland/??? (insert next city here) Raider fans are … um, er … I really don’t think there are any other fans more delusional.

    How many top draft picks did your dumb ass HC trade for Palmer? Who have you played since Palmer has started and what have the outcomes been?

    KC – LOST
    Tim Tebow – LOST
    Over-rated SD – Won
    Worst Team in NFC MN – Won

    I admit the NFL lost a great owner in Al Davis but other than that get real. The Raiders blow. Outside of the Texans you’ve lost to every quality team you’ve played.

  13. msclemons67 says: Nov 27, 2011 9:23 AM

    Ok, who kidnapped the real Mike Martz and replaced him with this imposter?

    The real Mike Martz lives to get quarterbacks killed. It’s his joy in life.

  14. dontrunfromme says: Nov 27, 2011 9:24 AM

    Da bears will get help from the refs today. But that still won’t be enough to win. Raider Nation Baby

  15. dionoil says: Nov 27, 2011 9:53 AM

    “Bear down” has been the bears slogan for decades. I’ll admit it’s lame, but how have you not heard that before?

  16. raiderlyfe510 says: Nov 27, 2011 10:16 AM

    Bunch of B.S. if he had Shaun Hill running a “Kurt Warner” offense, he’ll have Hanie do it.

    Martz doesn’t have the patience for a run heavy attack. Hope my squad doesnt fall for this crap.

    I have to watch the game on T.V. Man it’s hard to get a Raider ticket these days.

  17. blackcatnfl says: Nov 27, 2011 10:23 AM

    Didn’t you run Kurt Warner out of town and claim that Bulger was a better Qb???

  18. thridandlong says: Nov 27, 2011 10:46 AM

    Nov 27, 2011 8:55 AM
    whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Nov 27, 2011 7:23 AM

    Heujackson says:

    Let’s keep a good thought Bears fans

    Bear down!
    ——————————————————
    ‘Really? Really? Bear down?
    How lame is that!
    Bears will crumble, The Raiders front 4 is going to destroy that QB..
    Bears only chance is to run the ball every play…
    Raiders will not blow the game out but Raiders will have a huge lead at the half and hold on to that..
    So dont get excited in the second half when your QB throws 2 tds and it looks like they are coming back.. Just ask the Vikings it never works out.

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

    Huejackson…wake up now, your alarm clock is going off !

  19. etoharin78 says: Nov 27, 2011 11:02 AM

    I’m pretty sure Lovie will get Martz to allow Hanie to just be a game manager, as much as I hate that term, and Carson will have a helluva time passing with all the WR injuries Oakland has. I’m guessing Chi 20 Oak 17.

  20. snowpea84 says: Nov 27, 2011 11:44 AM

    Looking at it all over the years for Martz it always seems like the thing he didn’t quite grasp and then adjust to is how much easier having an all pro left tackle made everything else.

  21. Steelerbear78 says: Nov 27, 2011 11:46 AM

    @Huejackson, Enjoy the last decade of Raiders losing? I know I did. Even without Cutler the Raiders will be hard pressed to stop the Bears.

    Carson Plamer is overrated and weak. He couldn’t beat the Steelers so he cried his way out of Cincinnati.

  22. dirkdeez says: Nov 27, 2011 11:48 AM

    I just hope that the team gets back to playing the way the bears can play running forte with sweeps inside draws and working the short to mid range passing game at least until Hanie gets used to the Martz system throwing it down field and getting more production from EB,JK,DH,RW,DS. They can continue to win enough till Cutler is healthy.

  23. souldogdave says: Nov 27, 2011 12:08 PM

    Tough talk, I expected no less. Both teams have excuses, don’t need to list them. I hope my Raiders win, you hope you’re Bears prevail. We should both hope for a tough, well fought clean game, with no injuries. May the best team win.

  24. bg0lden says: Nov 27, 2011 12:10 PM

    “There is nothing worse than having to throw the football every snap. I hated that because it’s just so stressful for everybody. The quarterback gets hit. That’s not fun.”

    Um, yeah. Clearly you hate throwing the ball every snap. You’d still be doing it if Lovie hadn’t reigned you in to save his QB’s life and to utilize the offense’s best weapon in Forte.

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