Bears coach Lovie Smith declined to comment when asked to comment specifically about reports of coaching changes at Halas Hall, including a Sun-Times story that Mike Martz would love to reunite with his former defensive coordinator to work with quarterback Jay Cutler.
Smith said that his full attention is on the Minnesota Vikings, and that when you're 4-6 in a season that began with such great expectations, these are the things that are going to happen.
"Martz would love to work with Jay Cutler,'' a source close to the former architect of the Greatest Show on Turf told the Sun-Times.
Martz reacted angrily to the report when reached this afternoon by the Sporting News.
"I've never had any discussion with anybody about it. Ever. And it's extremely unprofessional, so inappropriate. This is just coming out of nowhere. I don't know who makes this crap up, but somebody is making it up.
"It's just so wrong when people make stuff up like that. There are the kinds of things you despise as a coach."
Martz said he was unaware of the report when reached in his San Diego office.
"This if the first I've heard of that," Martz said. "I just walked into the office and sat down. You could knock me over with a feather right now. No. No. They've got an offensive coordinator right now. And he's a good one.
"I have not talked to Lovie. You shocked me. You surprised me with that one."
Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner said if he's on the hot seat, he's blocked out the scrutiny.
"I just look at Minnesota film,'' he said. "I put that film on. I'm not going to think about anything else but Minnesota and that's where all of my energy and all of my focus has to go. How can we get our team better? Get our guys to perform at a high level consistently and do what their supposed to do consistently.''
Asked if he's concerned about his job security, Turner, who is signed through 2010, said he's focused on the task at hand.
"I'm concerned about Minnesota,'' he said. "I'm concerned about playing well and doing what we have to do to win this game. We still have a lot of games left. We win this game, hopefully that can get some momentum going. Really, honestly, that's all I am concerned about right now.''