The first chapter of "Martzageddon" really wasn't so bad ... right??
In 2010, the Bears' new offensive coordinator actually did a nice job of adjusting his scheme; to a drastic extent, even ... that is, until it mattered to the team the most.
So, the question stands: Is what we saw in the NFC Championship game a glimpse of what's to come?
When Mike Martz was hired to be the offensive coordinator for our Chicago Bears, many people feared that with a lack of solidarity on the offensive line, Martz's patented seven-step drops would get Cutler killed.
Just before the bye week, we saw just what everyone had feared. Cutler suffered a concussion.
But Martz adjusted his scheme accordingly, and the Bears found themselves just one game away from the Super Bowl.
If you will recall, there were a few games during the regular season where it looked as if Martz was testing the waters; reverting back to his first-quarter play book. All the while, Cutler had defensive ends coming from every direction and trying to rip his head off.
In the biggest football game the city of Chicago had ever seen, against their rival Green Bay Packers, Martz again returned to the year 2000 and got his quarterback pulled from the game with the now-famous knee injury "heard round the twitter."
While hiring Martz was certainly an upgrade over the fan-hated Ron Turner, statistically, the offense didn't improve all that much.
The one obvious improvement was Cutler's interception total. Surprising to say the least, given the way most quarterbacks fair in their first year under Martz's system.
We all heard the talk about how Mike had improved every offense he'd ever taken over but it's safe to say the Bears don't have an eighth of the talent Martz had in St. Louis.
Their most talented player on offense, outside of Cutler, is clearly Matt Forte. And Forte did have success under Martz, compiling 1,616 total yards, 1,000 of those on the ground.
So, what can we expect from Martz's pass-happy offense in 2011? Well, that question lands squarely at the feet of Bears' GM Jerry Angelo.
Should the Bears go into this season with the same starters on offense, why expect anything different?
There is no true No. 1 wide receiver, and the existing offensive line has a talent level equivalent to that of a Pop Warner team.
Can we really expect Earl Bennett and Johnny Knox to become the next Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt? Certainly, Bennett showed us last season that he is a very capable receiver, but Konx continually displayed a lack of toughness and route-running ability. If the receiving core is going to improve without that No. 1, Knox is the one who has to take the next step.
We may have no choice but to wonder if J'Marcus Webb can develop into a real starting-caliber tackle. Webb showed some flashes, but made a lot of rookie mistakes (which was expected). It's not fair to suggest he'll be Pro Bowl material anytime soon.
Perhaps the biggest question will be who gets brought in - whether via draft or free agency - to improve this line? The Bears cannot go into next year with Frank Omiyale starting anywhere besides Water Boy.
It's clear that Mike Martz wants to start implementing more of his true offense with this team, and one would expect him to do so in 2011.
But as it stands today, the Bears just don't have the offensive talent that they need to run that system. The real "Martzageddon" will be upon us all if Angelo can't find the right pieces to the puzzle this offseason.
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