The Bears wide receivers are spending this offseason learning about
field geography from Mike Martz. What's this? It sounds like some
unnecessary college course but for the Bears receivers its
a requirement. The basic premise is the receivers' ability to understand
their route in relation to the field... I think. It also seems like
there's a mix of philosophy and psychology blended into the curriculum
too. As eloquently explained by CSN
Chicago's John Mullin, field geography is "the place of each route
in the overall".
Martz's approach is hands on and pays very
close attention to detail. His role as offensive coordinator means
exactly that. Working with the quarterback, wide receivers and how they
approach the game and how to work in unison. About Martz's offense
coordinating, Devin Hester said:
He's not just coaching the quarterbacks, not at all. He is
single part of the offense, every single player. If he sees something in
the tackle's first step, he'll go over to the player and say something.
It's a good thing because he's really looking at everything together.
Martz's offensive system relies on trust and its important that Jay
Cutler and the wide recievers learn to work together and learn the
nuances of this offense. As Hester explained:
He is looking at the entire field more than anyone I've ever
Hester said. "And it's so important to be where you're supposed to be
because a lot of what the quarterback is doing are 'blind throws.' The
ball is going to a particular spot in the defense and you have to be
there. If you're not, that's on you.
As Martz walks Hester through the route, he directs Johnny Knox
other side of the field while explaining the meaning behind it all.
Let's hope the offense hits the books this summer and put extra effort
into their studies because they're going to need it.