It might be a lot of noise about nothing. After all, general manager Jerry Angelo will have the final say on all personnel matters. But if offensive coordinator Mike Martz does want Torry Holt to come to the Bears, and if Angelo agrees, Holt made it sound as if he would be on the first flight to Chicago while being interviewed recently on a local radio show.
"Absolutely I would consider coming to Chicago because of Coach Martz," Holt said on the "Waddle & Silvy Show" (WMVP AM-1000).
The 11-year veteran, who was recently cut by the Jaguars, won a Super Bowl with Martz in St. Louis and said he has always kept in touch with his former coach.
"That's my guy," he said. "We've got a lot of history with Coach Martz, a lot of great years obviously there in St. Louis. I have a tremendous about of respect for him as a man and as well as a coach."
"What I respect the most is his mind. I respect his passion for the game of football. I respect the standard in which he sets every day. So yeah, I keep in contact with him and I would definitely, if they would have me, definitely consider playing football in Chicago next year."
Holt said current Bears players could benefit from his knowledge of the system.
"In his system you got to be able to run," Holt said. "[Y]ou better be able to run, you better be cerebral, you better be able to learn, and you better have thick skin because he's so demanding, you're working with a guy who's a perfectionist. If you can't do those three things, and you're not tough and you're not willing to go and block and run routes and be efficient and be quick, you will not play in his system, I don't care if you're a first-round, second-round draft pick it doesn't matter. I don't care about your speed, if you can't do those things you cannot help this guy out and his offense. I think it's a match made in heaven if they were to bring someone like me in to actually show these guys how to run this system, efficiently, effectively and consistently."