Football season is officially here. Players reported to training camp on Tuesday and the Bears kicked off their first practice on Friday. The 4th Phase got its first look at the Mike Martz offense. What will the Bears rendition look like? Will it be like the Greatest Show on Turf? Maybe. One thing we do know is that this offense will be better anything Ron Turner put out.
In previous seasons, under Turner, the offense became predictable. Everyone knew what plays the Bears were calling on the field just by formation and even personnel. Expect Mike Martz to bring innovations to the offense after sitting for a couple years. One things for sure, Martz has improved every offense he's been in charge of.
Check it out... In Martz's only season in San Francisco, the 2008 49ers ranked 13th in passing yards. The year before, they ranked last in the NFL. In his first year as Detroit's offensive coordinator, Jon Kitna threw for 4,000 passing yards.
Most of Martz's success came in his tenure with the Rams. In St. Louis, with Marc Bulger as the newly appointed starting quarterback in 2003, Rams went 12-4. In Martz's first season as offensive coordinator in St. Louis, the 1999 Rams were the top offense in the league with 526 points (4th-most ever).
What Martz does well is expose weakness and matchups. He also uses the weapons available to him. You could only do so much with Alex Smith or John Kitna and you saw what he did with Kurt Warner, Marc Bulger and company. We can all agree that Jay Cutler is way better than Smith and Kitna and the Bears have a young core of talented skilled players. Expect big things from the offense.