Mike Martz Resigns

(CBS) Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz has resigned, WBBM Newsradio’s Jeff Joniak reports.

Martz joined the Bears before the 2010 season.

His resignation comes on the heels of general manager Jerry Angelo’s dismissal earlier today.

Quarterback coach Shane Day, Martz’s right-hand man will also not return for the 2012 season.

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In Martz’s first season with Chicago, the Bears finished 30th in the league in offense. During his second season, the offense made strides, but fell apart when Jay Cutler went down with a thumb injury.

Over the last two seasons, the Bears averaged 21.5 points per game. The 22.1 points per game in 2011 was seventh highest total by the franchise since the establishment of a 16-game schedule by the NFL in 1978.

“After meeting with Mike this afternoon, we both felt it was best to move in different directions,” head coach Lovie Smith said. “I appreciate the job he and Shane did for us over the last two years.”

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  • Cameltoe Rancher

    I hope that they don’t suddenly have to completely revamp their personnel.

    • Kevin M

      That’s not sudden, we’ve known it for years!

      • Cameltoe Rancher

        I disagree.

        Is there a mountain of needs? Yes.

        But, the offensive roster has been built for a Coryell-style offense. There are few fullbacks. TE’s that must be blockers first. RB’s that can catch the ball and pass block and wide, pass-blocking O-linemen. For the Bears to adopt a power-running offense, it would require even more changes to the personnel and, therefore, take a longer amount of time to mesh together. The best thing that the Beloved can do now is find an OC that will only marginally change the style of offense. Perhaps reducing the 7 step drops, the empty backfield with the QB under CN plays, and for heaven’s sake- how about prepping a second-string QB to be competent when needed?

        They must hire an OC that will take the talent (or lack-of) and win with it now. The defense is getting too old to wait for a radically-new system to work.

  • Pamala E.

    Two down. One to go.

  • Larry Horse's Arse Horse's Arse

    He surely would have been fired if he didn’t make this move. He was basically forced out. We knew he’d be gone ever since the incident where microphones picked up Cutla telling the sideline what he thought of Martz.

  • Jim

    they should clean house and let them all go

  • Denver Deadite

    Two out of three ain’t bad.

  • Flailing weirdos friend

    So what do you do now, Install Mike Tice as the OC?

    • A Corn

      Like they did with Marinelli last year?

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  • Doug

    After Lovie is also asked to leave, get on the horn to Mike Singletary ASAP.

    • Spoon

      I’d hope it’s sarcasm, but given the average herp-a-derp level of most Bears fans, I fear he’s serious…

    • Cameltoe Rancher

      Why- do you need an over-sized crucifix?

      Lovie is a FAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRR better coach than the Samurai will ever be. I’m sorry, but it’s nearly undeniable.

  • Adam McElwain

    Mike Singletary was an AWFUL coach.

  • Cameltoe Rancher

    What the hell was that?


      I think there is a problem with the spam filters.
      Three completely out of place postings in the last two days.
      They removed one immediately a couple of days ago.

      • Spoon

        When they remove one, any replies get thrown all over the place, the quality of software they use for comments is apparently the same as they use for their streaming app. Utter garbage.

  • James Budzisz

    Fire the owners.

  • palestine kevin

    The only problem i have with the firing of Angelo and Martz is Lovie Smith is the head coach he should have definitley been fired unless hes not the head coach and only a figure head.Martz did improve the scoring of the bears offence while Lovie made poor game decisions over and over again.his arroga attitude should be corrected by upper management hes rude to anybody who would dare ask an 8-8 coach about his team or what hes doing with it.An he aint that good at it hes on 13 games over 500 and hasnt a clue how to beat the packers.i hope the new GM is given the power to release him imeadiatley once cancer or poisen is found you kill it and cut it off right awy you dont coddle it and play with it.Overall i give mr MCCASKEY a B though and although ididnt get everything i wanted i and the bear nation got 80 percent of the head toll we wanted.The Bearsare to damn good a football team to be sitting at home during the playoffs im proud to be a bears fan again thank you George McCaskey for listening to your fan base.

    • StupidPeopleFTW

      That’s because you have no functioning capacity for rational though, or the ability to hold two different concepts in you head at the same time.


    I agree C.R. It says over 20 points per game average over two seasons. I don’t believe it. Maybe, Lovie Smith approved of the plays. Not only were there an impossible number of seven step drop backs, there were also far too many hand offs up the gut inside the Bears own 20. Those are plays that have a better chance of working if the defense has to respect the whole field.
    Cutler can use short-term gain for long term success.

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