We told you recently that Mike Martz declined a contract extension because it didn’t give him a raise, and that his deal runs out after the 2011 season.
Martz says he’s not overly worried.
“I have a representative in Bob LaMonte who’s the best at what he does,” Martz told Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. “I just do whatever he tells me to. He doesn’t tell me how to coach, and I don’t tell him how to negotiate. But he knows how badly I want to be here, and I would like an extension. I don’t worry about it. I’m sure it’ll work out.”
Martz, as is his custom, was fired up about the Bears’ recent draft picks.
On Gabe Carimi: “[Carimi] has too many pluses. It’s hard to find a nick on him.”
On fifth-round QB Nathan Enderle: “We didn’t draft [Enderle] to be the third quarterback. If that was the case, then there was no reason to draft a quarterback.”
In this year-to-year league, Martz’s market value could rise or fall dramatically based on how the 2011 Bears finish. He would have quite a bit of leverage if Jay Cutler continue to progress; the Bears are investing too much in the Martz system.
At this point, we’d guess that Lovie Smith is going to sink or swim with Martz by his side.