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.