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.