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Don’t ask Lovie Smith about Mike Martz

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One of the biggest questions around the Bears this offseason will be what they do at offensive coordinator.

Mike Martz’s contract is up and rumors have already started flying that he won’t be back next season. Lovie Smith called those rumors “made up” a while back and he doesn’t seem to be interested in answering any more questions on the subject. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that Smith lashed out at questions about Martz’s future at his Wednesday press conference.

“What kind of question is that at this time?” Smith said. “What kind of question is that? Why would you ask a question like that anyway?”

The reasons why you’d ask such a question are pretty clear. As mentioned, Martz’s contract is expiring and Smith is going to have a lot to say about who runs the Bears offense next season so he’s the guy to ask about the offensive coordinator position. On top of that, the Bears aren’t going to the playoffs which makes it perfectly reasonable to start looking ahead to next season.

It seems notable that Smith’s indignation about the question did not include any sign that he plans to bring Martz back. That was also true when he said reports of Martz’s impending departure were fabricated. That doesn’t mean Martz is leaving Chicago, but it would indicate that Smith isn’t ready to pull the trigger on another year with Martz in charge.

Whatever Smith and the Bears decide, we should find out soon enough.

 

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46 Responses to “Don’t ask Lovie Smith about Mike Martz”
  1. howiefeltersnatch says: Dec 28, 2011 6:13 PM

    I’ve always liked Lovie Smith. Good solid coach. Martz is a doosh.

    That said, please god come to Cleveland, Mike. We need you BAD.

  2. yevrag3535 says: Dec 28, 2011 6:14 PM

    What to do about Lovie? He sucks and his time is up. See ya,,

  3. jdandcoke says: Dec 28, 2011 6:15 PM

    not that i really care about the bears…..but werent the bears in pretty good shape before they lost their STARTING QB?

    what team wouldnt go down the tubes if their qb went down? imagine the mighty packers or pats without rodgers or brady?

    sorry, but the coaching staffs of teams that lose their starting qb….by far the most important position in ANY sport…..should be exempt from any scrutiny.

  4. crj202 says: Dec 28, 2011 6:15 PM

    Martz is the most overrated OC in the league. What “GENIUS” is always on the hot seat and moving around the league all the time??

    Good coach, just overrated.

  5. isphet71 says: Dec 28, 2011 6:16 PM

    Oh well, the circus is only good in short bursts. Fun at first but the longer it sticks around the trashier it gets.

  6. chocolatebaconbutter says: Dec 28, 2011 6:17 PM

    Feel free to ask Tebow about Mike Martz. He’ll answer.

  7. irishnativeson says: Dec 28, 2011 6:17 PM

    I have a buddy that got let go after 26 years the week before Christmas. That’s F’d up like a soup sandwich. I think, with some disciplined WR’s that could get some separation or fight for a ball, a healthy Forte and Cutler, this squad has a window but that window is closing for the D as fast as it is with a new OC.

  8. eastsideballa says: Dec 28, 2011 6:25 PM

    Shutup Meg.

  9. ajknox88 says: Dec 28, 2011 6:26 PM

    I don’t think Martz is to blame entirely for the Bear’s lack of skill on the o-line, or lack of a legitimate wr (maybe knox could be considered)

    his playcalling isn’t always the best, but sometimes it’s decent. really what it comes down to is the position coaches not coaching their players up in combination of angelo not getting the talent they need.

    that being said, i wouldn’t resign him.

  10. Pacific NW Mark says: Dec 28, 2011 6:27 PM

    Time for Lovie to go. And he should feel free to take Martz with him.

  11. Soulman45 says: Dec 28, 2011 6:30 PM

    It would be good to see what they could do over a year. With all hands on board. (Not hurt)

    From a Lions fan.

  12. tombrookshire says: Dec 28, 2011 6:30 PM

    He doth protest too much!

  13. cardinalscouldbeworse6666 says: Dec 28, 2011 6:32 PM

    This season, when Culter was healthy, Martz seemed to “figure it out”. With better WRs, and if Forte returns, that offense could be potent for years to come. Problem is, Martz seemed to “figure it out” last season too. Then, in the offseason, it’s like he was hit with that M.I.B memory-erasing device and needed to reboot everything he learned about how to successfully run Chicago’s offense. Does Lovie, and more importantly Culter, want to risk going through that again? Hell if I know.

  14. jaggedmark says: Dec 28, 2011 6:32 PM

    Josh McDaniels will be available.

  15. thegreatness34 says: Dec 28, 2011 6:32 PM

    Fire martz, bring in norv turner as OC.

  16. packfaninchitown says: Dec 28, 2011 6:41 PM

    Please keep Lovie, Martz and Angelo in Chicago for a long time.

    Signed — Packer fans.

  17. wozzmann1955 says: Dec 28, 2011 6:43 PM

    least lovie aint filmin his ole ladys feet

  18. conseannery says: Dec 28, 2011 6:43 PM

    That headline triggered a “Do not taunt happy fun ball” memory.

  19. imsmarterthanyou says: Dec 28, 2011 6:53 PM

    The last thing we want in Chicago is for Cutler to be put into a 4th or 5th offensive system. One thing all of the top QB’s have in common is that they have been playing in the same offensive system for several years. Please show me one QB that is considered “elite” and has had several different systems to learn in a short period of time. There is something to be said for keeping things consistent and letting things take shape. People in the NFL are too quick to fire and change.

    The way I see it, the Bears were scoring nearly 27 points a game before the injury curse struck us. It was working. Of the seven wins we had, only one was with us scoring under 30 (Tampa Bay – and we should have done better with that one).

    This team is missing talent and depth at a few positions. Now is not the time to be switch coaching staffs. Angelo needs to make a move this offseason as big as the Peppers move a couple of years ago…O-Line, WR, and Safety.

    Bear down.

  20. darthhitman77 says: Dec 28, 2011 7:21 PM

    Bears should just move to Gary, like they threatened to before the stadium upgrades

  21. rolltide510 says: Dec 28, 2011 7:24 PM

    Strange fact about the NFL: If a person is considered an “offensive genius” they’re basically assured to be a horrible playcaller. Funny how that works.

  22. thevalsalvamanouvre says: Dec 28, 2011 7:32 PM

    “Martz is the most overrated OC in the league. What “GENIUS” is always on the hot seat and moving around the league all the time??”

    Agreed. Martz should be calling and thanking Kurt Warner daily for his career.

  23. iamthorny says: Dec 28, 2011 7:45 PM

    Until Martz tacks up a note on the bulletin board in the team locker room asserting that the owner says he’s in charge of the offense, I believe he’s done in Chicago…

  24. buzzardpointlookout says: Dec 28, 2011 7:54 PM

    The Bears looked like they were gonna be set up to take a run at a Super Bowl title prior to losing Forte then Cutler for the year.

    I have a fair amount of antipathy for Mr. Martz (Lions fan here). Any guy who tries to tell me that J.T. O’Sullivan is gonna be the next Tom Brady is a guy I would not mind smacking the snot out of.

    I read in another forum that there are several Bears players who would not re-sign with the team if Martz stayed put.

    But the guy who really needs to be shown the door is Angelo. Caleb Hanie? Really?

  25. mikelsj says: Dec 28, 2011 7:58 PM

    Lovie deserves to go…Karma. He already used his “OC as scapegoat” card in the past when he fired Terry Shea after all his QBs were injured and had to use a rookie Rex Grossman at QB. He’s an unconscionable slime ball and deserves the axe.

  26. Uncle Leo says: Dec 28, 2011 8:04 PM

    @jdandcoke says: Dec 28, 2011 6:15 PM

    “what team wouldnt go down the tubes if their qb went down? imagine the mighty packers or pats without rodgers or brady? ”

    Not that I’m a Pats fan, but I think they won 10 or 11 games when they lost Brady.

    Just sayin’…you should think or research a little before you post.

  27. dd393 says: Dec 28, 2011 8:10 PM

    Maybe Mike Martz could be the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets. That would be fun to watch.

  28. tommytd says: Dec 28, 2011 8:22 PM

    Martz’ best days are behind him, not to mention if you need to bring in a #2 QB, you better bring along a rocket scientist as well. Who the hell can run that O anyway?

  29. vikescry1 says: Dec 28, 2011 8:22 PM

    if the bears are going to contend they need to fire the top and completely overhaul the coaching staff. and then bring in some talented players and build through the draft. yes they looked good at 7 n 3. and yes it’d would be tough to start over with another cordinator for cutler, but it’s better to do it now rather than next year or later. as a packers fan i hope jerry and lovie stay in chitown forever. but how long can the mccasky’s accept this garbage. and for those of you blaming just jerry about hanie? doesn’t your coaching staff know if he’s any good? aren’t they supposed to work with him and enderly to see what they can do? just curious. good luck bears…

  30. tommytd says: Dec 28, 2011 8:24 PM

    Glad to see Lovie finally “lash out” at somebody although he’s a day late and a dollar short.

  31. firejerry says: Dec 28, 2011 8:55 PM

    First the Bears must fire Jerry Angelo and get some additional talent…..I believe that 6 undrafted players made the opening day roster and no Angelo drafted 1st round picks will be on the Viking game active roster Sunday. Jerry sucks in talent evaluation……

  32. nflfollower says: Dec 28, 2011 8:59 PM

    cardinalscouldbeworse6666 says:
    Dec 28, 2011 6:32 PM
    This season, when Culter was healthy, Martz seemed to “figure it out”. With better WRs, and if Forte returns, that offense could be potent for years to come. Problem is, Martz seemed to “figure it out” last season too. Then, in the offseason, it’s like he was hit with that M.I.B memory-erasing device and needed to reboot everything he learned about how to successfully run Chicago’s offense. Does Lovie, and more importantly Culter, want to risk going through that again? Hell if I know.

    As a Lions fan who has had first-hand experience watching Martz call games for a few seasons let me tell you—-that happens EVERY season with this guy. He always goes in with unrealistic expectations for his passing game. It’s only about half way through that he acknowledges the importance of a balanced attack.

  33. arpym says: Dec 28, 2011 9:05 PM

    I think this regime is at the point where if one goes, they should all go. Either “their way” will work or it won’t. Either keep Martz or start over from Angelo down.

  34. gergie1957 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:27 PM

    Lovie “Why would you ask a question like that anyway?”

    PFT “The reasons why you’d ask such a question are pretty clear.”

    First off the reporter knew lovie was not going to answer that question, that is very clear, and was just trying to stir up “Stuff”, that is pretty clear.

    Martz isn’t going anywhere till after Sunday everyone knows that. And Lovie would never say anything till after Sunday. And that is very clear.

    Just a lazy question from a lazy reporter.

  35. FinFan68 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:33 PM

    Martz changed his scheme (after Cutler’s request) to better utilize their talent. That offense was clicking until Cutler got hurt. There is no reason to get rid of him. The Bears were a dangerous team. Cutler is good in Martz’ modified offense and he was better this year even with a sub-par (again) O-line. The Bears issue is an aging defense that still plays very well but the decline is not far off. Find a decent backup that fits the system and they have a real shot again next year.

  36. sakatak says: Dec 28, 2011 9:38 PM

    Starting to look like the Vikings, fire the head coach the year after going to the NFCCG, on the way to becoming one of the worst teams in the league two years after playing in the NFCCG.
    Keep Lovie around and the bottom will not fall out, get rid of Lovie and Martz and the Bears will be competitive.

  37. imjinbrdgr says: Dec 28, 2011 10:01 PM

    Somebody hit a nerve.

  38. snccoach says: Dec 28, 2011 10:13 PM

    The problem with Martz is he’s insubordinate to his head coaches. If your head coach tells you to balance your offense, you balance your offense. He constantly goes rogue and does his own thing. That’s why he’s been run out of multiple franchises recently.

  39. jbaxt says: Dec 28, 2011 10:14 PM

    “not that i really care about the Chiefs…..but werent the Chiefs in pretty good shape before they lost their STARTING QB?”

    That’s what Todd Haley’s saying.

  40. aljack88 says: Dec 28, 2011 10:35 PM

    When asked about how he felt about Mike Martz, Lovie answered, “Mike who?”

  41. commandercornpone says: Dec 28, 2011 10:39 PM

    lets not forgetthe guy who fired martz in detroit, and then proceeded to ditch the martz offense, with which they would have won a game or 2 in 2007…

    rod marinelli.

    now the packers and pats are last and next to last in pass defense, but that is understandable. they get leads and the opposition has to pass a lot ot try and catch up. (and the saints are ranked 30th)

    but the bears are ranked 28th in pass defense and every time i look, julianne pfeffers must have bought a ticket to watch the game from the stands.

    and the bears failed to keep rodgers from lighting up a newbie the other night. and no one touched rodgers all night.

    yeah marinelli’s a keeper too. (eyeroll)

  42. bleed4philly says: Dec 28, 2011 11:06 PM

    Wow, Cutler breaks his hand and now you’re all talking about blowing up the team? Seriously?

  43. deathmonkey41 says: Dec 28, 2011 11:41 PM

    lovie smith- the most overrated defensive mind in NFL history.

  44. stealthjunk says: Dec 29, 2011 3:17 AM

    As a Broncos fan, I hate Cutler. But it seems that the offense was doing just fine when he and Forte were in the backfield. Firing Martz would be an idiotic decision.

  45. liltmac2003 says: Dec 29, 2011 4:05 AM

    This is the thing about Lovie & Martz.

    Lovie has always been more of a players coach, so that’s a check in the locker room. Plus, he doesn’t really bring negative attention to the organization whenever he speaks.

    Historically speaking, whenever someone mentions “Bears football”, they automatically think of defense. Whether he is good or bad at it, Lovie has always been a defensive minded coach, another perfect fit for the organization.

    I also think that the Bears are still in the “win now” stage than the “rebuild” stage. They want to win now before having to rebuild an already old defense. Letting him go NOW doesn’t fit in their agenda for the moment.

    The same goes for Martz. I totally agree he is not the “GENIUS” people claim he is, but the Bears have finally adjusted to his offense, gotten rid of the players that don’t fit it, and the players on the roster finally gotten the feel of it. He has his fingerprints all over the Bears offense.

    With Lovie and Martz, the Bears made the NFC Championship game last season and were 7-3 this season before the losing streak.

    Sure, you could blame all the injuries. No Cutler, no Forte, no Knox, is too much to handle. But the Packers won it all and they had a ton of injuries.

    Therefore, that is exactly why I think they should get rid of Jerry Angelo. Having no depth whatsoever and also having several draft busts doesn’t fit it.

    Fire Angelo.

  46. pleazenufalready says: Dec 29, 2011 8:02 AM

    Doesn’t anyone listen to the Bears press conferences? This is just another example of Lovie being Lovie. He has always acted like a turd at these events…..always acts like the media are stupid and beneath him and that he just doesn’t need to answer any question that he doesn’t feel like answering. Nothing new here.

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