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Day Interviews For QB Job

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Shane Day is interviewing at Halas Hall today to become the Bears' quarterbacks coach.

Day spent the past two seasons as the 49ers' offensive quality control coach. That's where he met Mike Martz, who was the 49ers' offensive coordinator in 2008. His job with the 49ers required him to work closely with the offensive coaching staff while they compiled the weekly game plan. He was also in charge of daily practice reports and helped out with the offensive line.

Before the 49ers, Day spent two seasons at Michigan as assistant quarterbacks' coach and quality control. In that role, he worked with the younger quarterbacks on the Wolverine's roster.

49ers coach Mike Singletary said earlier this offseason that he would not let assistant coaches interview for non-head coaching jobs but allowed Day to come to Chicago. If Day is offered the job, which might be a formality at this point, it would be a major promotion, which likely factored into Singletary's decision.

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After reading Mike Singletary's comments about Martz and Day, I'm reminded again about what a great player and Bear he was. He symbolizes what the game should be. Giving Day a chance to better his position and explaining why Martz was let go in a completely professional manner are typical of that Hall of Fame Bear Llinebacker.

Underwhelming, but it makes sense.

In reality, Martz is going to act as the primary QB coach. That's how he has always operated.

And since his system is unique, finding a guy that can help explain the X's and O's of the offense on the sideline is really what Cutler will need.

Plus, it helps he has worked with the new TE coach, and has worked with recievers and linemen.

This really is a solid group of coaches they have assembled.

I'd also like to applaud Singletary. I can't stand when coaches block coaches from seeking a promotion.

Day makes sense he needs a QB coach that knows his offense and thier are not a lot of those guys left in the NFL. As for it being a unique, its not, he uses the same playbook as Al Saunders who he worked with in STL, Joe Gibbs used this system as the base for his offense but was the first guy to change the Coryell system by adding a power run game, Saunders would later adopt this. Martz learned the system from Norv Turner and Erie Zampese, then later adopted Al Saunders playbook.

All in all like any system their always some differences between coaches but the base philosophy is tha same. Martz unique style of play calling is where the system differs, but the plays are standard Air Coryell. Its to bad they couldn't get Saunders who is a concultant with the Ravens.

Personally I think the biggest problem with Cutler and Martz will be Cutlers arm strength. You don't need a cannon in his offesne sense its all timing. Cutler actually loves seven step drops, but now he is making blind throws instead reading and reacting. The problem is in a timing system Cutler needs to check his arm because he can get the ball their in a hurry. He is mostly going to be throwing blindly to a spot on the field and with that arm that ball will get their before anyone knows it.

The Pats discoverad when they beat the Rams that you can throw off the timing by bump an running the recievers. Once the timing is thrown off the system breaks down, cause the QB is not watching the recievers he is just hoping they get to a spot the same time as the ball gets their. Whe na guy can get the ball their as quick as Cutler it becomes even easier to throw off the timing because the window is smaller, do to the ball not being in the air as long, recievers don't have much of a chance to make up the time lost to the jam.

Cutler can also adjust by waiting a split second to see where the receiver is at before he throws because he can get it there faster. Not saying he needs to wait until the guy is open, just a second longer, which may help him even more. Should be interesting to see. I definitely think Cutler will have some growing pains along with the receivers.


You need to go back to grade school and learn how to spell.

Shane Day makes sense because he's worked with Mike Martz in the past, even if it was for only one season. Martz must have seen something in his coaching ability to bring him to Chicago, Im sure Martz is the reason Day even has the interview.

Shane Day's time at Michigan looks good on a resume also, not just because its Michigan, at Michigan before Rich Rod was running the program, Michigan ran a pro style offense under Lloyd Carr. Their QB's came out NFL ready for that reason alone. Not saying Michigan put out an all-pro passer for every draft, other than Tom Brady, but they have put out a lot of solid signal callers over the years. Players like Harbaugh, Grbac, Griese, Brady, and most recently Chad Hennn, who Day probably worked with and who I think is gonna be a good one down in Miami. So Day knows what it takes to play the position being at Michigan for 2 seasons and with the 49ers in the NFL for the last two seasons, one with Martz. Again, Day makes sense, it should be interesting whoever the hire is GO BEARS!!

Shane Day looks like a good kid, but I was hoping for a young fire breather a little further along in their career.

We have heard all along about what will happen when this all doesn't work. What happens if it does work? What happens if the Bears rebound and make a deep run into the playoffs in the next year or two?

I think what happens is that Martz is off to greener pastures. If that does happen it would be nice to have an O-coordinator in waiting at your QB coach position. Shane Day doesn't look quite ready for that jump.

I think you are right, but there is an element that I had not considered until reading your post. Cutler's arm will cause some issues, but also open up elements of the downfield game that were not feasible with lesser-armed QBs. If the timing is off, Cutler can still uncork one down the field if it opens late, where Kitna, Smith/Hill/O'Sullivan, and even Bulger were already having to check it down to the next option. But the timing of the routes is going to be tough, as we don't have anyone that can get off the line when jammed. Knox, Hester, Bennett, and Iglesias are all flanker or slot guys, and only Aromashodu appears to be able to get off the line at split end. Even then, he is not a physical receiver, so there could be issues if they consistently jam at the line and blitz Cutler knowing the protection won't be there. Hester or Knox can play the Az-Hakim, but Aromashodu and Bennett are nowhere near as physically capable as Bruce and Holt at getting off the line and out of breaks.

I am interested to see how many deep double-move routes and deep square-ins we see in this offense. Now all we have to do is teach Knox, Hester, and co to run a route, and we'll see. If we get the same shoddy efforts out of the receivers in 2010 as we got this year when it comes to route running, Forte will catch 100 balls like Larry Centers used to in Arizona.

Interesting thing on this morning, they had proposed that the Bears should consider trading Olsen for a second round pick from the Pats because Martz doesn't use the TE. Considering how weak the TEs have been in his offense, and the emergence of Vernon Davis after Martz left, there may be some merit. But I would be concerned about getting rid of the only guy Cutler trusts on this team to be where he wants him to be. Can Kellen Davis, Kevin Brock, and a street free agent like a Michael Gaines do the job for Martz' offense? If so, then you have the chance to move Olsen and Clark. I would rather see Olsen develop into a slot role a la Dallas Clark, where his athleticism can work well in space when defenses stay in base personnel. I think you do not need a Dez Clark if you are going to use Olsen, but if you trade him, Dez fits more of the Ernie Conwell model that Martz has favored over the years.

I have two questions:

1. Are you guys actually constructing an argument that Cutler has too good of an arm and therefore won't be as successful with Martz? Stop and think it through.

2. I also see people calling Mike Martz a disciple of Don Coryell. Then these same people say that he won't be able to use Olsen. My question is: Who was Kellen Winslow's(Sr.) coach?

I guess the bottom line is that it's hard for me to see the downside of Martz coaching a quarterback and tight end combo with more talent than he is used to having.

Creighton, why does this make sense to you? Nothing else the Bears have done make sense to you, so this doesn't either. Stop lying.
Do you even know what you type? All you ever do is repeat non sense
you hear on the radio on your way to meet with your probation officer. I think it is becoming more evident that you do not have the
ability to develop your own opinion, otherwise you wouldn't contradict yourself all the time. So I must apologize, for my lack of patience and understanding with you. I never realized until now, that you are mentally challenged. I buy those flowers you make for veterans day, so we have no reason to dislike each other. I am extending an olive branch............. I'm sorry. I'll be the bigger person here.

MS, you are correct. He is a 'disciple' of Coryell. He was actually
the offensive coordinator McGinnis brought with him when he was our head coach for a few hours. So, technically, this is Mike Martz's second go around with the Bears. Already it is 2 days longer than the first time. He must have learned his lesson.

BTW, Leslie Frazier and Mike Singletary were also assitant coaches on Dave McGinnis'Chicago Bears staff....oh what could have been.......instead-we got Wannestedt.

Still need WR and OL help!


The downside of Martz? OK, here it is: Martz likes to pass almost every play. As Creighton has pointed out, he also likes seven step drops and deep passes. This can work fantastically when you have top offensive line and top receivers. Otherwise, it's a disaster and a good way to get your QB killed.

In St. Louis, Martz ran less and less. For awhile, they led the league in rushing with Faulk, and this balanced the offense properly. When Martz insisted on passing almost every play, the offense imploded. When reporters asked him after games why he didn't run once in awhile, he yelled stupid things at them, like "this is fast and furious, if you don't like it get out" (not necessarily an exact quote).

Part of this is about style. Many of us want to see what we consider real football, which includes a significant running game. I realize that the league has been outlawing playing defense, especially pass defense, over the past 35-40 years, so the passing game is almost unstoppable if you have top players executing it and top coaches designing plays. But when offense gets too wild, it tends to get blown up, and that's what's happened to Martz. He hasn't had a successful offense since his early days in St. Louis.

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