Mike Martz out as Bears’ offensive coordinator

AP

Mike Martz is done in Chicago.

Martz has resigned as offensive coordinator of the Bears, citing philosophical differences, Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune reports.

It’s not clear what those philosophical differences are, and whether they’re with head coach Lovie Smith, or with the direction the team’s personnel department will go in now that G.M. Jerry Angelo has been fired.

Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports that quarterbacks coach Shane Day is out as well. Day was hired at the same time as Martz, who has spent the last two seasons as offensive coordinator of the Bears. Martz was previously offensive coordinator in San Francisco, Detroit and St. Louis, as well as head coach of the Rams.

Now Smith will need to find an offensive coordinator who has a plan in place to build an offense that can succeed with quarterback Jay Cutler — and, Bears fans hope, an improved supporting cast around Cutler. That could mean promoting offensive line coach Mike Tice to the coordinator position, or it could mean completely revamping the offense by bringing in someone from the outside.

86 responses to “Mike Martz out as Bears’ offensive coordinator

  1. Shane Day was inept to do his job, I couldn’t stand looking at him on the sidelines trying to talk to Cutler. Martz was too stubborn, so protecting their Franchise QB is a natural step for a team that wants to win.

  2. One more reason to give Lovie the Axe.
    Start with a new staff instead of Lovie picking a new offensive coach and then having the both of them forced on the new G.M.

    Unless ….. the new G.M. is already in the house.
    If Tim Ruskell is named as the Bears new G.M. then I am done.

  3. Anyone else feel like maybe Lovie should be hitting the pavement too? Then maybe a top notch GM might actually want to come to Chicago. And which janitor closet in Halas Hall is Tim Ruskell hiding in, and why is he still on the payroll at this point?

  4. The Bears organization is as dysfunctional as Casey Anthony’s family.
    Everybody BUT Lovie is going out the door, yet he is still somehow head coach of this team. How some people like Matt Millen and Lovie smith keep their jobs for such long lengths of time are ridiculously amazing.

  5. Mike Tice also has some super Bowl tickets he’d be willing to part with for a modest profit.

  6. Now go make a splash! And for all that is holy don’t promote Mike Tice, We saw how well he set his talent up for success in Minnesota. Keep him with the lineman.

  7. The guy was going to fail. Jay Cutler may seem to be better than Orton. But he has one ball to Ortons pair. Jay Cutler is a loser. Was in Denver and will always be.

  8. You know your offense is in trouble when the offensive coordinator will not let your QB audible.

    I wonder how many teams can win/survive with this mentality?

  9. Ooh.. Mike Tice…

    If I remember, when Martz was hired, he was like the 3rd or 4th option.

    Chicago might have to settle for Tice, simply because other potential OCs won’t want anything thing to do with Chicago.

  10. Yeah, Lovie is a terrible coach. He’s been to the Super Bowl and guided his team to two appearances in the NFC Championship Game. His special teams are also among the best in the league. Let’s fire the guy as soon as possible.

  11. “The guy was going to fail. Jay Cutler may seem to be better than Orton. But he has one ball to Ortons pair. Jay Cutler is a loser. Was in Denver and will always be.”

    ———-

    Are you off your meds?

  12. emmac13 says:
    Jan 3, 2012 2:24 PM
    The guy was going to fail. Jay Cutler may seem to be better than Orton. But he has one ball to Ortons pair. Jay Cutler is a loser. Was in Denver and will always be.
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    Well said, Obvious Denver Fan.

  13. What happened to the bears this year is NOT Martz’s fault. The offense was humming decently until they lost Cutler, Forte and Knox. When you lose your 3 top offensive skill players, you’re generally NOT going to recover easily.

  14. Mike Martz is ridiculous. Hopefully he goes to the college ranks, preferably somewhere in North Dakota, so I don’t have to hear anymore about the complex intricacies of his “Circus” offense that apparently only Pro-Bowl players can execute with any results. The only thing bigger than this guy’s ego is his right arm, with which he is constantly using to pat himself on the back. Good Riddance!

  15. Lovie Smith isn’t the problem in Chicago. The problem is an inability recognize talent on the offensive side of the ball. When Devin Hester is your best offensive weapon – that’s not a good sign. And don’t tell me “Matt Forte,” he’s a product of the Martz offense.

    Like one of the posters stated – Smith has two NFC title games and a Super Bowl appearance under his belt. There ae about 25 teams that would kill for thaat resume.

  16. Add Nathan Enderle to the list of bag packers on the Bears.

    Sorry, buddy. I was curious what you had the tank. Don’t worry though. I’m sure Martz will get another gig somewhere. Maybe head coach this time, based on how many openings there are this year.

  17. “His special teams are also among the best in the league.”

    =========

    Let’s see how good his special teams are when Toub leaves.

    Lovie has done nothing special, and the Bears need a clean break/slate.

  18. Unbelievable franchise Chicago has there. QB unfortunately tears a thumb ligament ruining the season and the next thing you know, team is starting over from scratch.

    Looks like Chicago and Minnesota are going to have some ferocious battles the next 5 years…. for the higher draft pick that is.

  19. No talented OC will want to come and be on Lovie’s staff and have Cutler as his QB.

    Neither Cutler nor Lovie accept any responsibility for their mistakes and shortcomings and instead blame others when things don’t work. That is why 4 other OC candidates turned down the Bears before Martz did Lovie a favor and accepted the job.

    Lovie did not lead his team to a Super Bowl. The defense got them their DESPITE Lovie as head coach.

  20. I wasnt happy when Cutler got traded out of the AFC west and up until last year he hasnt been consistently good.

    Then he has what looked like a breakout year last year and now he has to change coordinators? I cant imagine that will work out well for him.

    But maybe he is a late bloomer al la Drew Brees.

  21. The egos these guys have are ridiculous. Martz did modify his scheme at Cutler’s behest and the offense did very, very well without a true #1 receiver (or #2 for that matter) on the team. This sounds like a personality clash between Lovie and Martz. Why not just blow up the whole thing and get some fresh guys in there. The Bears could have contended next year by keeping the nucleus together. The defense is old and LB must be addressed in the draft, along with the o-line, WR, and back-up QB. Do the Bears have enough picks this year?

  22. Why is everyone hating on Lovie? Besides never having consecutive losing seasons, this season he had to go through…

    – Shortened offseason (same w/ every coach)
    – Lance Briggs’ contract dispute
    – Matt Forte’s contract dispute
    – An absolute handful of injuries
    – An o-line with more holes than Swiss
    – Martz’s future w/ the team
    – Sam Hurd being a top drug dealer in Chicago

    Yet he kept his team intact and kept focus. Sure, they missed the playoffs after starting 7-3. That was because lack of depth, hence Jerry Angelo getting the boot.

  23. Martz has resigned as offensive coordinator of the Bears, citing philosophical differences. Translation : basket weaving isn’t for everyone.

  24. Major red flag for anyone remotely thinking of bringing Martz in. He is highly egotistical and has an extremely complex offensive system, and he generally burns out relationships with 2 years max.

    The reality is he is never going to change, and while he had success in St Louis, he had the benefit of working under a great head coach and had Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, and a trio of solid receivers to work with. I have yet to see any of his other teams even slightly resemble the great turf show.

    Martz will have to figure out a way to work with others better, and also find a way to bend a little bit as it relates to conforming his system to the team/players he is working with.

  25. Bears need to clean house and start over. I wonder if Jeff Fisher would be willing to come in and revamp this team. They have a solid QB and RB, they need an OL and work on the DEF. But Fisher played for the Bears so he might be a perfect fit.

  26. ronin36 says: Jan 3, 2012 2:26 PM

    Ooh.. Mike Tice…

    If I remember, when Martz was hired, he was like the 3rd or 4th option.

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    That is because Lovie and Angelo were on a short leash at the time and no one was going to step into a job that may have lasted one season.
    If the Bears did not win in 2010 then they were toast.

    The Bears going to the NFC title game in 2010 bought these guys another year and that year is up now.
    Fire Lovie today and make a clean break.

    You can’t say that no offensive coordinator would not want to run an offense his way for one of the NFL’s charter teams with Cutler and Forte on the roster.
    You let him in on the decision making in the draft and in free agency with a real G.M.
    The end of the 2009 season was a bad situation and now you can erase all of the negative questions this time around.
    They have to cut the tie to Lovie Smith and they need to do it right now.

  27. Martz needs to take a step back and refresh before taking another job at the pro level. He would be better served taking one of those June Jones like jobs in college and then re-trying his hand at head coaching at the pro level. If not that, go to the studio and put on some headphones for Fox, NFL, NBC or CBS. Hey Josh McDisaster, you should take that advice as well.

  28. Funny, just last night on another post I put:

    “Mike did a super job for us. He had a lot of injuries this year. I think you guys know how I feel about him. But this is a new year coming up, and we’ll see how that goes.”

    – Lovie Smith

    “Lovie did a super job for us. He had a lot of injuries this year. I think you guys know how I feel about him. But this is a new year coming up, and we’ll see how that goes.”

    – Jerry Angelo

    “Jerry did a super job for us. We had a lot of injuries this year. I think you guys know how I feel about him. But this is a new year coming up, and we’ll see how that goes.”

    – Ted Phillips

    “Ted did a super job for us. We had a lot of injuries this year. I think you guys know how I feel about him. But this is a new year coming up, and we’ll see how that goes.”

    – Virginia McCaskey

    I guess I’m batting .500! Hey, that’s good enough for a first place finish in the AFC West!

  29. You would think Rod Marinelli would have learned a lesson and shared with with Lovie Smith. After this same thing happened with the Lions after the ’07 season, they were going to switch offenses and “pound the rock” to compliment the Tampa 2. Instead, they went 0-16.

    It is going to get worse in Chicago next year. I guarantee it.

  30. Come… Become a fan of the 13 time champions, 4/5 time SB champion Green Bay Packers…. The bandwagon is just about full though.

  31. it should not be that hard to get somebody to run a balanced offense. they have shown they win when they do that. get somebody who is not slave to a system and will run plays that play to your players strengths. get somebody who knows the tight end is more than a blocker and throw to him more than once a month. despite what martz tried to make it,it is not rocket science. for once as a bears fan I want somebody who will not run it up the middle on 3rd and short when the defense has 10 guys waiting for it. I want sombody who is not afraid to run a play that works more than once a game.

  32. What a disaster that’s brewing in Chicago.

    First off: Martz. Knucklehead – tried to be smarter than everybody else. His system almost got Cutler killed …yet prior to Cutler getting hurt, it was the 7th highest scoring offense in the NFL.

    Bears: Which Offensive Coordinator is gonna come into a situation when the entire defense is on the wrong side of 30, and the D-minded head coach is on a VERY short leash?

    It’s very likely Mike Tice gets a promotion – but has he ever called plays? I don’t think he did in Minny – pretty sure it was Scott Linehan.

  33. So let’s see, they fired the GM, but keep the head coach who has a contract until 2013. Now they need a OC, but that OC knows they could all be out after 2012 if the GM doesn’t have the same philosophy they do?

    Yes, this should work out very well.

  34. Looks like the “get Jay Cutler killed brigade” is slowly getting shown the door.

    – Angelo failed to get him help.
    – Martz routinely called 7 step drops behind a poor o-line and empty sets. It takes him half a season to make adjustments.

    Now lets bring in people who actually know what a franchise QB is..

  35. All you Bears haters on this thread. What have your teams done lately? Especially you Denver fans. What happened to the last two head coaches you had? Who is your QB? You make me LOL! You would love to have Cutler back with the WRs you have. Tebow? Really Tim Tebow is better than Cutler. What are you smoking? Bet it smells funny! Give me Cutler. How on earth anyone can say this guy isn’t tough or doesn’t take responsiblity has never watched him play or watched any of his after game news conferences. Good luck cellar dwellaers. You know damn well you got lucky to be in the playoffs with an 8-8 team.

  36. Lovie is he perpetual survivor; he has survived everyone except owners. Wonder why?

    Martz took a Piggly-Wiggly bag boy and made him a super bowl champion and the receivers will probably be in the HOF.

    Being an offensive genius has its drawbacks. If a GM would work with Martz drafting players to fit that complicated and intricate scheme, things would be different. But HCs always get snippy when the OC outshines them.

    Again I ask: how does Lovie survive them all? And by the way, why don’t HCs survive after ridding the sideline of Martz?

  37. “Which OC would want to come to Chicago with all their issues?”

    If the owner opens her purse for once any damn OC we want. These guys go where the money is plain and simple.

  38. Not sure how this will help Chicago. They were 7-3 when Cutler got injured. That’s the reason they didn’t make the playoffs. I am not a fan of Martz, but I am a fan of continuity, and they just made their own jobs more difficult.
    I believe San Diego made the right decision keeping Turner (and maybe even Smith), but Chicago firing someone or simply allowing him to walk won’t solve their problems. Martz was a terrible HC, but a good OC.

  39. Martz resigned ? When your contract is up you can resign your position, it doesn’t cost you anything. When your under contract, you get fired, and you get paid the balance due….

  40. It’s a shame Martz continues to get blamed for the head coaches poor decisions. We will be worse with him gone, mark my words. Lovie is the problem here people.

  41. mayfieldroadboy says:
    Jan 3, 2012 3:23 PM
    Lovie is he perpetual survivor; he has survived everyone except owners. Wonder why?

    Martz took a Piggly-Wiggly bag boy and made him a super bowl champion and the receivers will probably be in the HOF.

    Being an offensive genius has its drawbacks. If a GM would work with Martz drafting players to fit that complicated and intricate scheme, things would be different. But HCs always get snippy when the OC outshines them.

    Again I ask: how does Lovie survive them all? And by the way, why don’t HCs survive after ridding the sideline of Martz?

    __________________________________

    Have you watched a Bears game? Did you see the Giants game last year (I think)? Martz kept calling 5 & 7 step drops with a horrible o-line. Over and over and over again. There are times where he would have empty sets and Cutler would be under center. Who DOES THAT?! Lovie should have talked some sense into him a long time ago but he doesn’t listen. He still thinks he’s the head coach even though he’s an offensive coordinator. He keeps trying to tailor players to his offense but doesn’t want (or takes forever) to tailor the offense to the players when it doesn’t work.

  42. duanethomas says:
    Jan 3, 2012 2:22 PM
    Love to see him go to Denver and work with Tebow. That would be EPIC!
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    Fantanstic idea! Forcing Martz to use Tebow in his system could drive him literally insane and out of the league, and we wouldn’t have to hear about him ever again.

  43. The Bears need to promote Tim Ruskell to General Manager or at least the head of football operations. Ruskell proved his ability at talent evaluation when he ‘stole’ Spencer from the Seahawks in free agency.

    If you like your football players to be slow, small, and men of Christian moral character then Tim Ruskell is your man. He thinks outside the box.

  44. What about Smith, he is the main problem. He needs to go. So did Reid, Turner and now Smith. There fans will all have the same miserable season next year as this one.

  45. Firing Lovie and cleaning house would probably be a good idea, except that the Bears front office seems to be taking lessons on player personnel from Matt Millen. The Bears need a new GM, and the team owner needs to get on board with how much the Bears mean to the City of Chicago.

    As for the “philosophical differences,” remember that when Martz was in Detroit, defensive “genius” Rod Marinelli blamed everything on Martz – Marinelli firing Martz resulted in the Lions going 0-16.

    Marinelli probably gets along better with Tice because they’re both military philosophy knuckleheads.

    My guess is that the Bears will look at Tice as their offensive coordinator, who will plan a ground and pound offense. But, the front office won’t re-sign Forte, because that would make too much sense.

  46. Bring Martz to Jacksonville. Give the team something to work with other than run, run, 3 yard pass, punt. And that’s the highlight reel.

  47. “Which OC would want to come to Chicago with all their issues?”

    If the owner opens her purse for once any damn OC we want. These guys go where the money is plain and simple.

    Right, because they never overpay for players like Peppers, Taylor and Manumaleuna. Or offer $4 million to player who wound up being out of football by the end of this season.

    There is a difference between being cheap and being dumb. As to which one is actually better, that is up for debate.

  48. How does Mike TIce still have a job? His O-line is the worst in the league and was a major factor in Martz’s offense failing. Now there is talk of him becoming the OC? The frak out off here.

  49. It is said the the NFL means not for long. It does when you do not have a talented roster that can block and tackle. Angelo failed to provide for his coaches. No matter what offensive system is put in place, nothing will work if the offensive line can’t block.

    In the Coryell system if there is a solid offensive line, the offense will be among the best (Gibbs & Redskins, Coryell & Chargers, Saunders & Chiefs, Martz & Rams). Martz will be in the NFL, not only is he one of best coordinators, but one of the best quarterback coaches.

    The Bears situation is not the best in NFL, and they need to make some quality hiring to not only stabilize the offensive line, but the franchise itself.

    As it seemed the brilliant Martz variation of the Coryell system will not be back, what will be put in? Cutler knows a variation of the Walsh offense from his time with Mike Shanahan. So which candidates are possibilities? At best I consider Jeremy Bates a candidate for QB position coach. Lovie Smith will want a low key style coach, not a Todd Haley-Bill O’Brien type screamer.

    1. Tom Clements, Green Bay Packers Quarterbacks Coach & former Notre Dame QB

    2. Joe Lombardi, Saints Quarterbacks Coach

    3. Terry Malone, Saints Tights Ends Coach, & former Offensive Coordinator of Michigan Wolverines (he used to work with Bears TEs coach Mike DeBord)

    4. Steve Mariucci, former 49ers & Lions HC

    5. Mike Sherman, former HC of Green Bay Packers & Texas A & M

    Then again, it could be anyone.

  50. The philosophical difference being that Martz wanted to implement the 15 step drop to allow for his 75 yard deep-in time to develop !

  51. dingleberri says:Jan 3, 2012 3:20 PM

    All you Bears haters on this thread. What have your teams done lately?
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    Um….earned homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. Beat Chicago twice. Went 15-1. Won a fourth super bowl last yr making it 13 NFL titles.

    Who in gods name names their son Lovie?

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