Chicago Sun-Times

Here's What Martz, Lovie, Jerry Had to Say

| 18 Comments | No TrackBacks

The Bears put Mike Martz, Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo on a conference call that just concluded. Here are the highlights:

Martz said he had an "instant connection" with Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler when they had dinner on Saturday night in Nashville, Tenn. According to Martz, the two then spent some time drawing Xs and Os on a grease board.

Martz said he was impressed with Cutler's football mind when the quarterback asked him a question about a receiver's "splits" on a play he had just drawn up on the board.

"There was an instant connection," Martz said. "That happened to me with Jon Kitna the first time I met him, too. ... This was very interesting because we were on the same page on so many things."

Martz also said he was excited about what he has seen from the Bears' receiving corps.

"There's plenty of talent there," he said. "I'm real excited about the speed."

There have also been reports of a riff between Martz and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli. Martz was Marinelli's offensive coordinator in Detroit, and said that he met with Marinelli during the interview process and there are no hard feelings.

"I went to Detroit after I met Rod Marinelli," Martz said. "That's the only reason I went to Detroit."

Martz also said that although he hasn't used tight ends much in the past he sees Greg Olsen as a different breed of tight end who can create mismatches against linebackers and safeties in his scheme.

"Like all positions, you take a look at what you have and who they are and what they can do and go from there," he said.

Martz also said that despite reports about how complicated his offense can be, the Bears will be ready come opening day.

"We'll be hitting on all cylinders on opening day," he said. "I promise you that. There is a lot of character in this group. ... They want to learn and that's the biggest part of it."

As for Smith, he said the running game will continue to be a large part of the offense and that he and Angelo have been on the same page from Day 1. That was also a point that Angelo emphasized.

"Mike can help Jay in a lot of different ways from fundamentals to decision making to getting ready for game day," Smith said.

Angelo said change was what the organization was after and change is what they will get.

"I was 100 percent on-board with Lovie's decision and for the right reasons," he said. "We wanted to make a change and Mike Martz brings change to our coaching style."

No TrackBacks

TrackBack URL: http://blogs.suntimes.com/cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/29167

18 Comments

Here's another thing about Martz.

Certain people want to look at overall numbers in terms of offense, but the fact is, with the Rams, Lions and 49ers, Martz's offensive have jumped in ranking by at least seven during his first year of service. It was ten and twenty with the Lions and 49ers, respectively.

And with the Lions and 49ers, Martz did not have the type of talent at the QB position, and also had mediocre sets of WRs.

If history holds, this team should go up around ten slots in offense, if not more. That would make it a top 15 unit, if not top ten.

With a healthy Urlacher, and, frankly, less stress on the defense to hold, this team, as is, could easily contend for a playoff spot last year.

It's hardly out of the question.

They all come from the same alien planet- "we go from there".

I agree IDC, but I think we could get that same kind of improvement from another, younger and hungrier coach also. My concern is that we have pretty much re-built the old Rams coaching staff here in
Chicago. If Martz does not improve the running game the team is sunk, simple as that !. Cutler threw for over 3,000 yds this year, so the passing game although needing improvement wasn't the problem on offense. It is the running game and decision making by the QB, if we shore this up improvement would ocome no matter who was calling the plays.

Now we can focus on d-coordiator, someone from outside the circle please on this hire....How about Jerry Gray for the job, he's been around two solid coordinators in Washington in Blatche and Williams who is doing a solid job with the Saints...we need new blood and desire in Chicago people with something to prove to get back where we need to be as contenders to go to the Super bowl... I often don't agree with Creighton, but the one thing I hate is recycling coaches......after all if you s_it in a blue bag, then put it into an red bag you still have the same s_it just in a different color bag....the Bears need something new in the bag....Go BEARS

I'm not thrilled about this choice because
a. Our franchise quarterback might get killed in this offense. I don't like the idea of a group of desperate men trying to keep their jobs by doing desperate things - like having Cutler drop back to throw 70 times with this offensive line.
b. If there is a coaching change next year, odds are the new coach will run an offense far different than Martz. Which means that all the players have to learn a new offense and if there is football in 2011, it may be a shortened season with a limited training camp. I can't see that helping our cause or helping Cutler. Once again, if he survives 2010, he might get killed in 2011 by linemen not knowing who to block and receivers running the wrong routes.

I do hope I am wrong and this ends up being a successful season. Maybe Martz will have the same type of success as he had when he took over as offensive coordinator in St. Louis. I guess we will see...

By the way, how much is Olsen worth? I know he is saying the right things now, but Martz does not have a history of using the tight end. It would not surprise me to see Olsen traded for a draft pick since the Bears have plenty of holes to fill, few draft picks, and a tight end for an offense that historically doesn't use the tight end. I'm thinking third round - maybe late second?

Do I hope this works? Of course I do, do I think it will work? Not on your life, I respect Martz but its a square peg in a round hole and Lovie is going down in flames. I only hope I am wrong but Martz's style in the cold, windy crappy soldier field is not going to happen. Greatest Show on turf, Just became the Greatest No Show on Earth..................

This is a GREAT move for the Bears,regardless of what the haters & non bear fans think..

I have no problem with Martz, as I said earlier, we need a OG big time, I really feel Olin needs to sit and Beekman takes over the OC position. Williams is ready for LT. Geez we heard before how Olin was all ready to go and he wasnt. Please dont put us through that stuff again Lovie (like Harris/Url). Martz does have a good young WR corps here, except I am wondering who will teach these guys how to seperate? or was it just a matter of not enough time due to Oline??? One of the 2. Give Martz a lots better Oline and he can do it, we have good young WR/TE, just need a line. Martz should have told Jerry to sign a contract with a OG first. :)

Okay

Did that dude just say to trade Olsen for a third round pick? No really tell me he didn't he say that?

Hey why stop there, maybe we could get a second rounder for Cutler? That way we would have something to do the first day.

I've said it before, this blog needs a D-league.

Well said MS!

I've liked Martz from the beginning. This year's offense could be absolutely awesome if Cutler gets some protection from the Offensive line. That's a big "if,"but I prefer to remain optimistic. I also think Peppers would be a great addition but do not think the Bears can afford him. In any case, I am waiting to see who will be the defensive coordinator and can hardly wait to see what happens with the Bears next season.

"There's plenty of talent there," he said. "I'm real excited about the speed."

He also bashed the recievers all year on NFL network, and actually said they were not very talented at the position. But now their his so they are talented . Hahaha

"Martz also said that although he hasn't used tight ends much in the past he sees Greg Olsen as a different breed of tight end who can create mismatches against linebackers and safeties in his scheme."

Really cause I am pretty sure he had Vernon Davis in San Fran, but he hasn't seen a TE who can create mismathces??? Oh god so full of it.

"I was 100 percent on-board with Lovie's decision and for the right reasons," he said. "We wanted to make a change and Mike Martz brings change to our coaching style."

Best Angelo quote in a long time, they hired him because they wanted a change??? Thats nice, not his great scheme or all his talent. They just wanted a change.

"As for Smith, he said the running game will continue to be a large part of the offense and that he and Angelo have been on the same page from Day 1. That was also a point that Angelo emphasized."

If they where on the same page day one how coome it took a month to hire Martz, who offered his services day one? Oh and the running game will continue to be a big part of the offense. The running game has been a big part of the offense, sense when? They ranked 29th in rushing last year, 24th in 08 and 30th in 07. Is he talking about the 80's Bears? Cause the Lovie Bears have not been a rushing team.

"We'll be hitting on all cylinders on opening day," he said. "I promise you that. There is a lot of character in this group. ... They want to learn and that's the biggest part of it."

Really so nobody will get hurt, plus they want to learn. How would be know he only met Cutler on their EHarmony date, setup by a guy named Lovie. I want to see that as a commercial. Martz and Cutler in slow motion laughing and talking over a greese board. His first words to me were "No option left counter tray, Hester runs the fly, Knox runs the wheel, Olsen blocks, sort of."

Ok so Martz is here, time to look at the pro's and cons.

Pro's Martz is a great interview
Nickname the mad genius
For those who love Cutler we get to see the cannon unleashed, for those that hate him you get to see him sacked 50 times. So win win sort of.
I get to watch Olsen drop 25 pounds and claim he is a reciever. Which would not be a bad idea, he's already soft so loosing weight would be a matter of cutting down his body fat and he loves being split out wide. To bad he is not a leaper and doesn't have great hands.
Martz and Tice working together, that should be fun; "No they need to work on pass blocking" "Right more run blocking" " no I said pass blocking you giant moron"
Matt Forte trying to run the counter trays and misdirection plays that Martz loves so much, even though he has proven he is not fast enough to do it or good enough in space.

At the very least the Bears offense should start out hot for the first 6 games until the league gets enough film to figure out what they are doing.

The Jets game Rex Ryans aggressive defense vs. Martz legendary passing attack. That will be an intresting game.

Knox, Hester and Bennett collectively saying you want us to run what kind of pattern.

Well, I for one am happy about the hiring of Martz. Why? Because if his geniusness (an Angelo ism) succeeds maybe the Bears will have a high flying offensive attack, that will be incredably fun to watch! Martz has the talented QB to pull this off, has the exceptional speed needed and the beginings of an O line (granted it needs an OG, possibly an RT). If Martz does not succeed and quickly than all of them will go down in flames (Lovie, Martz, Marinelli and Angelo).There will be a total house cleaning and a young promising offensive coordinator (such as Rogers or Zampesee) won't be wasted and thrown out by what would than be a new regime.
I'am a Chicago Bear fan and am willing to give this a try with an optimistic eye. Go Bears! Go Martz!

At least I don't have to watch those dumb wr's screens that never work. Or Ron Turner not adjusting the offense to his personnel. It came out week 6 last season, limit the playbook for Jay Cutler just like Rex, Kyle and all other bears qb's. Angelo/Lovie should have yanked Turner in 2008 season when Greise calls his own plays, picks apart Philly's D to win that game in the last two minutes. What does Greise get? Shunned Turner and the Bears organization. Turner was never better then a below average coordinator. Not very happy about Martz but he is an upgrade.

"My concern is that we have pretty much re-built the old Rams coaching staff here in Chicago."

Chitownbear, I wouldn't be worried about rebuilding the Rams coaching staff... they did go to a Super Bowl, after all.

Bob Babich was a BAD defensive coordinator, but he's a solid linebackers coach, any analyst will tell you that. Mike Martz is a terrific offensive coordinator.

Other guys not on the Rams staff... Mike Tice is considered a great offensive line coach and Rod Marinelli is one of the best defensive line coaches in the league.

Let's face it, it took six years but Lovie has finally surrounded himself with solid assistants. If the Bears don't succeed next year, it's won't be because of the coaching, it'll be because of the players, and that'll be Jerry Angelo and the scouting department's fault.

The biggest issue is the OL now, as we need another athletic tackle. Shaffer probably won't cut it. I'm really not sure what the answer is - the ability to land a good guy in FA seems iffy. I wonder if the best option isn't to shift Omiyale to RT and find a guard to challenge Louis/Beekman/Garza for a starting spot.

Outside of OL, a better backup RB needs to be found. Maybe that's Kevin Jones, but can they bank on it. Forte is versatile enough for Martz's style ... if he stops dancing as much as he did last year.

The rest of the focus needs to be on defense, starting with a DC (I think I prefer Alan Williams). We still badly need a FS. DE is a huge issue, and a DT could be sought.

MSBearsfan - Where did I say I wanted the Bears to trade Olsen? I was speculating that they might and I wondered what Olsen's value might be right before the draft. Draft picks right after the season and before the draft are always overvalued - that is why you often see teams trade a 1st round pick next year for a 2nd round for the current year. I was also looking at what the Bears got in return for Thomas Jones, Martz hasn't used the tight end in the past, and that Angelos and Lovie are in a win at all costs next year mode. Notice once again that I am speculating what the Bears might do, not what I want the Bears to do. Please reread my post - most people would say that there needs to be a D-League for people who can't read.

Also noticed that somehow NM Bears Fan was able to respond so quickly to your post. Hmmmmm, I wonder how that happened? Because if someone happens to respond to their own posts using a different name, well, I think that that would be pretty D-League.

Leave a comment

Twitter updates

Categories

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Neil Hayes published on February 1, 2010 5:57 PM.

Bears Official Statement on Martz was the previous entry in this blog.

Warner didn't want to "hang on too long" is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.