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Martz talking to Bears today about coordinator job

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FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Former St. Louis Rams head coach Mike Martz is interviewing for the Bears offensive coordinator job today, and the club may make a decision on the vacancy in the coming days.

The Bears confirmed that Martz arrived at Halas Hall this afternoon for an interview.

Martz had spoken to Bears head coach Lovie Smith early in the process, but he finally got an interview today. Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers is believed to have made a strong impression on the Bears during an interview Thursday, and he or Martz could compel the Bears not to wait for any assistants on the two Super Bowl teams.

New Orleans Saints tight ends coach Terry Malone and Indianapolis Colts assistant head coach/ receivers coach Clyde Christensen were believed to be candidates for the Bears coordinator position.

If the Bears choose not to wait, however, the decision may not necessarily be a two-horse race. There is believed to be at least one other candidate that the Bears have been exploring.

There's been no shortage of drama in the club's search to fill their vacancies.

The Bears lined up an interview with USC offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, but he cancelled and accepted a job with the Seattle Seahawks. Meanwhile, their top choice for the defensive coordinator post, Perry Fewell, accepted the same job from the New York Giants.

As for Martz, he and Smith have plenty of history; Smith was Martz'a defensive coordinator in St. Louis. But Martz will have to prove several things today. First, that he isn't going to ignore running the ball, which is essential in Chicago yet goes against the grain of his track record. And second, that he can co-exist with his players and coaches, particularly assistant head coach Rod Marinelli, who fired Martz when he was the head coach of the Detroit Lions.

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Hahaha I knew it. All this drama for nothing. Lovie knew who he wanted from the beginining. This was all a show to pretend they looked for someone else to come in because noone wants MArtz that guy is a crazy nutcake covered in delicius chocolate with you guessed it nuts on top. Mmmmm chocolate.

Nyway it will be a disatser when Martz tried to pass 70 times per game and he rwlaizeds the line cant even block for more than twoseconds. oh and he loves the pocket passer which Ive said before is not what CUtler is best at sense he is a guy that needs to be moved out of pocket. The Rams had a line full of Hall of Fame guys on their during the greatest show on turf days. The Bears have the likes of Omiyale and Williams. Cutler better maje sure his shoes are tied tite sense hes going to be doing a lot of running in this offense.

Oh and Marinelli did Martz a favor by firing him. He didnt have to suffer the horrow that was the Lions in 08.

Nah nah nah nah.
Nah nah nah nah.
Hey hey hey i'm right again.

To be fair, I think everyone knew it was going to come to this.

Really Creighton?

Because the fact is, they may still hire Rogers. They apparently liked him a great deal.

And if they go with Martz, they hire a coordinator who has been one of the most successful over the past decade.

And maybe they did all of this, so they could review different coordinators, as opposed to making a hasty decision on Martz or anyone else.

That's called a HIRING PROCESS. You actually look at candidates, even ones outside of the box, before coming to a decision. That's what every company, university, nonprofit and other entity does before they make a major decision.

The only time this doesn't happen is with an internal or well known hire. And essentially, that is what Fewell would have been, since he was on the staff previously

I do not understand why you and other people -- including certain columnists -- do not get this.

Cutler will do fine. I have prayed about this and I am trusting God in this matter. It will be fine!

You are right on, Idc! Most of the other clowns that leave comments have their head up their @$$ including most of the so called journalists.

I think the interview is one more of a courtesy to an old friend myself. I see us going in another direction, but if I had a friend who needed a job and was qualified, albeit with some baggage, I'd still give him a look see to make certain the guy I want is really the right choice. I don't understand the Terry Malone rumors myself, he is not high on the N.O. list from what I can see, Rodgers showed well yesterday that much is certain, and now it may be a matter of contract. At least we know this much for certain the BEARS certainlly have followed the Rooney rule in this process......

Martz and Marinelli, Marinelli and Martz.
That's Your OC and DC, and if you don't like it...well, Fartz!!

Make all the excuses you want Idc, by the way thats not me your talking too. I said it would be Martz and Marinelli day one. Gosh I guess I can see the future.

You talk about looking at guys but more than half of them cancelled their interviews. Take a guess why?

By the way I don't know where you have been the last decade but Martz was only a coordinator for 3 years the last decade.

With Detroit in 06, they were 21st points and 07 they were 16th. Wow thats amazing. Thats below average. Well maybe he did better with the 9ers? In 08 before he was fired for the second time in 3 years, third time in 4 years. In 08 his offense was ranked 22nd. Wow thats so not special.

Well maybe with the Rams. In 05, 11th and in 04 19th. Wow thats so amazing, with all the talent on that team he got to 19th. Funny thing Martz stopped being special the day he chased Warner out of town.

Lets see Martz has been fired 3 times in 4 years sense he chased Warner off. Hmmmmm and nobody but the Bears will offer him a job. Yes Idc you got me he is the best ever. He is such a popular guy around the league. I hope they do hire him, because I want to watch the train wreck.

Just remember its 2010 not 1998.

By the way this is the NFL not Walmart. Teams go out and get the best coaches they can as fast as they can, because other teams are trying to hire them and the good ones go faster than the bad ones. I know that may surprise you, but its actually true.

Maybe you missed it but I have called every mistake and disaster this team has made the past three years. Do you think I am just really good at guessing or am I just pointing out the obvious. By the way my favorite argument of your is that the defense has been bad the past three years because of Rivera. You actually said Rivera is what made the defense bad. In a sense you are right, because sense Lovie chased him off the Defense has sucked. With him very good without him very bad. So yes it is sorta Rivera's fault, he left and its clear Lovie is a lousy coordinator and a lousy head coach.

You know Brando you could always blame the Bears for making stupid moves rather than be mad at me because I say they are about to do something stupid and then they do it.

Creighton- get off your high-horse already. Everyone and their mothers predicted this to happen. He's the most qualified, available coach still available. Kudos to you, pal.

No!!!!!!!!!! Please, please, please no Mike Martz. I know the Bears are now desparate but please, tell me this is a courtesy interview. Unless Martz has changed his philosophy, he will get Cutler killed. Plus, assuming next year is another disaster, the Bears will hire a new head coach and bring in someone else with a completely different offense. I know this sounds ridiculus and it is impossible, but if we have to go through this joke of a process, I wish Ted Phillips would make sure to hire a coordinator that will run an offense similar to who he plans on hiring next year.

If they hire Martz, I really hope he proves me wrong and the Bears have a playoff season (or more) with a productive offense. I'm afraid, however, that instead this will be a wasted year in developing Cutler.

I've said it before, Martz is a good offensive mind, but I don't think he is right for the Bears. His system takes too long to install, like a couple years. Plus you can't succeed by throwing it all over the yard in Soldier Field in the winter....you just can't.

An interview doesn't mean that much. Given their history Lovie Smith almost had to at least give the guy an interview. I could see Lovie telling him he would get an interview before the decision was made. Unless the dude swallows his ego and takes the QB position coach job, it will be a surprise if it does turn out to be Martz. It just doesn't add up with the rest of what's been going on.

The plot thickens that's for sure. I wonder who this mystery candidate is? If they do take Martz, the Marinelli factor is not significant. Remember how tight Buddy Ryan and Ed Hughes were?

Martz, does he really make sense as the OC? Martz has had problems in San Francisco and Detroit. He is known to be a little bit of a trouble maker and eccentric.

I am not convinced that he will be the guy. Polically speaking, I don't think Angelo is going to take a risk on Martz given his past record of being somewhat of a trouble maker, he is Lovie's friend and would most likely cast negativity about Angelo during the season next year.

Lets face it Angelo and Lovie could be sent packing next year. I am an advocate for both to go but realistically it most likely will be Lovie who will be sent on his way, Angelo has to many years left on his contract. Bringing in Martz would only be a threat to Angelo.

Kevin Rogers? I need to study his background a little more thoroughly. Certainly, anyone before Martz. I heard the Maytag repariman was available?

LOL Listen to Creighton dogging Martz! You should be so lucky to get him as a coordinator! The BEars haven't had an offence since....I can't even remember. And with your team run by the village idiot who brought in Cutler and gave up the farm for him, you need someone to make Cutler at least somewhat capable. That's probably beyond Martz's powers though. Mad Mike may be a bit out there but at least the BEars will move the football a bit with him. And say what you want about him, he's got a better record as a head coach than anyone this sad sack organization has brought in through the doors in the last 10 years. You should be so lucky, LUCKY, to get him to lower himself to coach this offence. The way I see it, he's slumming it by going to the Bears.

Some more classic quotes from Creighton?

By Creighton on January 29, 2010 3:06 PM
Nah nah nah nah.
Nah nah nah nah.
Hey hey hey i'm right again.


By Creighton on January 29, 2010 8:11 PM
Maybe you missed it but I have called every mistake and disaster this team has made the past three years. Do you think I am just really good at guessing or am I just pointing out the obvious.

Well don't forget this one Creighton.

"In fact I am so sure that Angelo will not get him that if he does, I will be outside Soilder Field in a hot pink panties that say spank me, singing the Crackers Happy birthday to me while holding up a sign that reads Brando rules and I suck... First home game and I will also paint myself Orange and Blue and get a tattoo thats says Angelo is the man on my forehead."

http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2009/03/rocky_mountain_high_bears_repo.html

Oops looks like you were wrong on that one Creighton. Not only were you wrong you also failed to make good on your side of the wager which is typical of you. And let's not forget you were wrong about Terrence Metcalf never starting a game, wrong that the Bears would sign Brandon Lloyd for a year and then cut him before the season ever started, wrong that Zack Bowman wasn't a football player as you put it...So when you tell IDC that you're always right and he is wrong, well he must be laughing at you just like the rest of us have been for a long time!

Please hire Martz already.......I hope they do and we lose every game. How else are we gonna get rid of the Three Stooges?

Some more classic quotes from Creighton?

By Creighton on January 29, 2010 3:06 PM
Nah nah nah nah.
Nah nah nah nah.
Hey hey hey i'm right again.


By Creighton on January 29, 2010 8:11 PM
Maybe you missed it but I have called every mistake and disaster this team has made the past three years. Do you think I am just really good at guessing or am I just pointing out the obvious.

Well don't forget this one Creighton.

"In fact I am so sure that Angelo will not get him [Cutler] that if he does, I will be outside Soilder Field in a hot pink panties that say spank me, singing the Crackers Happy birthday to me while holding up a sign that reads Brando rules and I suck... First home game and I will also paint myself Orange and Blue and get a tattoo thats says Angelo is the man on my forehead."

http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2009/03/rocky_mountain_high_bears_repo.html

Oops looks like you were wrong on that one Creighton. Not only were you wrong you also failed to make good on your side of the wager which is typical of you. And let's not forget you were wrong about Terrence Metcalf never starting a game, wrong that the Bears would sign Brandon Lloyd for a year and then cut him before the season ever started, wrong that Zack Bowman wasn't a football player as you put it...So when you tell IDC that you're always right and he is wrong, well he must be laughing at you just like the rest of us have been for a long time!

Well, here's how I see this disaster playing out if the Bears hire Martz and he tries to run his usual offense of throwing 50 times/game: By October, Cutler is so beat up and intimidated that he's a total mental, emotional, and physical wreck. Creighton and TDawg are right, hiring Martz would be idiotic. But the Bears do idiotic things all the time, so nothing new here. I still say they should hire Abe Gibron for offensive coordinator over Martz. At least he won't ruin Cutler for the next set of coaches.

I said earlier that I thought Martz would be a good choice and have read nothing to change my mind. Rogers does seem to have impressed a few folks and certainly has experience with dealing with prima donna quarterbacks considering his job with the Vikings this year. I think either one would be a good choice and do not fault the Bears at all for taking their time to choose.Clearly the choice may have long-term consequences.If Smith goes after next year, for the sake of continuity, having potential head coaches already in camp is a plus, and both Rogers and Martz are viable candidates. Martz may be hard to get along with and may be a bit arrogant, but his record is pretty solid in coaching winners. One hopes that his getting kicked around a little the last couple of years would cause him to develop a degree of humility.Then again, getting along may be overrated. Certainly Buddy Ryan and Mike Ditka had their confrontation of egos, but the result was still Super Bowl rings.

Sources indicate that there is a disention between Lovie and JA over whether to hire Martz or Rogers? Bet ya JA is after Rogers. I think he is the overall better pick. Martz had success, but he had a stud team in the Rams to run it. He had all pro WR's, a stud OL and Marshall Faulk. Terry Shea tried to run a similar O back in '04 and it failed. Lovie has never realized that he needs to adjust to the team he has on hand right now. He has the WR's and backs to run a good WCO. Our OL did pass protect for crap. Martz likes the 7 step drop??? OH BOY... sack&$&$&!!!! Lovie is flexing his muscle in controlling the coach hirings. Which is fine.. in the end JA will go to the McCaskeys and say.. I tried to help him.. he just wont listen to anybody. Ask Ron Rivera..

HEY, """its time to man up""" I love it. Somebody please tape craptons fingers together. He or SHE is Fool, An arrogant ignorant person, still living in his parents basement. Never did see him or HER outside Soldier Field in his or HER pink outfit. Obviously you make promises you do not keep. Why would anyone TRUST anything you say. Listen Mr or MRS know it all, Please go spend your time on another site.

anon,
only thing that wasnt right was comparing anyone to Ryan/Ditka Ditka/Ryan that was wrong, we had only those 2 in my entire 40 plus years watching doh bears so no one is mentionable with those 2.

I am not so sure Martz/Rogers etc etc would be great Coaches anyways so howsabout some continuity? I dont really feel the NFL will let anything butcher this cash cow not the least a moronic cash mongering mccaskey clan.
Pretty stupid as they are screwing up all around. Lovie etc does bad Lovie is fired and they have to go with what?
NFL stops a year, Lovie is gone and they have to go with what?
Seems to me hiring a great availabe Coach/GM, give him all GM duties (that saves a partial paycheck right there plus is beeter anyway I feel) paying off Angelo/Lovie and hiring Cower or...was the smart move all the way around. but noooooo......they do this slow dance jus sos they can have to do it all over again?

sending again,,,durn stuuuupid captcha, the trip is lots better in this regard suntimes!!!

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