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."