Having exhausted plans A through F, the Bears retreated Friday in their bid to find an offensive coordinator not named Mike Martz. Martz is interviewing for the job today, according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun Times.
Jensen makes note of two potential road blocks, one of which PFT grand poobah Mike Florio already covered a few days ago. The other is that Martz has a decidedly pass-heavy history. He’ll have to run the ball in Chicago.
Yet another is Martz’s in-season criticism of Bears QB Jay Cutler.
“He just doesn’t get it,” Martz said in September. “He just doesn’t understand that he represents a great head coach and the rest of the players on that team. Somebody needs to talk to him.”
The Bears are desperate for someone, anyone, to coordinate their offense. Two strong personalities such as Cutler and Martz would seem likely to clash, but the fit makes sense on paper because of Martz’s ties to head coach Lovie Smith.
Just don’t be surprised when Martz benches Cutler for Caleb Hanie.