With his contract expiring soon, Mike Martz will not return as Bears offensive coordinator.
The club announced the move this afternoon. Quarterbacks coach Shane Day, who coached under Martz in San Francisco, will also not return.
"After meeting with Mike this afternoon, we both felt it was best to move in different direction," coach Lovie Smith said. "I appreciate the job he and Shane did for us over the last two years."
Under Martz, the Bears offense was 30th in the NFL last season, in total yards. And while they improved to 24th this season, the Bears unit mightily struggled, particularly early and late in the season.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler didn't mask his frustration during the poor start, and the offense started to improve. During a five-game winning streak, the Bears were scoring over 30 points a game and had drastically improved in converting third downs and reducing turnovers. But when Cutler suffered a broken thumb against the San Diego Chargers, the Bears offense tanked with replacement Caleb Hanie.
The Bears went 0-4 behind Hanie and struggled to score points or even generate first downs.
An in-house candidate would appear to be Mike Tice, the offensive line coach.
Last offseason, the Bears blocked Tice from interviewing for the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator vacancy. They then upgraded his contract.
While he hasn't held the title of offensive coordinator, Tice did call plays during his tenure as the Minnesota Vikings head coach from 2002 to 2005.