Excitement for Martz-Really

OK all, you’ve seen plenty of frustration from me over the three plus seasons I’ve been updating this blog in conjunction with my main site www.bearshistory.com.  (Hard to believe that sucker has been online for 10 years now).

And in my opinion there is a 50/50 chance that Mike Martz’ system will flop in Chicago, and due to a combination of the offense, Lovie Smith’s defense getting steamrolled, and Jerry Angelo insisting guys like Kevin Payne and Craig Steltz are starting NFL safeties, all of them will be run out of town following the season.

But as Perno mentioned, it’s the season of optimism and believe it or not, I’m actually excited about Martz’ arrival.  As mentioned above the questions are there and I am by no means predicting it’s going to work out, but would anyone out there still prefer to have Ron Turner?  I really was never a Turner hater at any point and was glad to see him come back in 2005, but I prefer Martz, Mike Tice and Shane Day to Turner, Harry Heistand and Pep Hamilton.

Or is there really anyone out there that is lamenting the fact we didn’t get Ken Zampese, Hue Jackson or Rob Chudzinski?  Not me.  In retrospect, as much as Jeremy Bates had struggles at USC in 2009, I probably would have preferred him but that’s water under the bridge.

I realize Martz’ system has many pitfalls.  But in an article by Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune, it was written that Martz has always emphasized getting as many points on the board as possible in the first half to build a lead that can be protected late in the game.

When’s the last time we heard that in these parts?  Certainly not under John Shoop from 2001-2003, who was not afraid to admit that he would run plays to get into the best position to punt the ball.  Or Ron Turner, who took about 13 games to figure out what everyone already knew-that Jay Cutler performs his best out of the pocket.

Always hope in January.

3 Responses to “Excitement for Martz-Really”

  1. Optimism is fine. If you do not start from that position, the road ahead is a much rougher go! On the other hand, some of what I have been reading on the Bears site and in the papers scares me a bit. Martz says is is ‘impressed’ with the receiver corps? There is not one receiver on this team who could make another NFL team as a receiver only! Martz is quoted as being impressed with the speed of the receiving corps. To that I say ‘so what?! Running fast to the wrong place does not accomplish anything. And when the play calls for you to be somewhere at a particular moment and for the QB to deliver it there before you make your break… INTS are bound to happen if you do not get to the spots! This corp of receivers are clueless as to how to read defenses, run routes and get separation from the DBs! The TE is just as bad in all aspects and cannot block a lick to boot!

    So Martz being impressed by the receiving corps makes me less impressed with him. He also says he is ‘impressed’ with the O-line. What a joke! If he thinks he can install ANY kind of open offense with this line, he will need a permanent supply of TUMS on the sidelines this year!

    Free agency is the only answer to these problems and since most teams do not ‘just’ release or trade talented players (unless you are talking about the Donkeys), the availability of players who can come in and help is not high.

    If he makes something out of the offensive mess, my hat will be off to him!!:-)

  2. Good points Traffic. One thing I am virtually certain of-the Bears defense will lose more games in 2010 than the offense. As was true in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

  3. I wouldn’t be excited to have Mike Martz as an offensive coordinator. Did everybody forget what he did with the Lions and 49ers. Lets look at all the stats. I wrote about this in greater detail in my blog:

    Chicago Bears May Take a Hit With Mike Martz as Offensive Coordinator http://bit.ly/aosRQN

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