Just who’s in charge around here anyway?
Mike Martz, the Chicago Bears’ rouge offensive coordinator, known to many as having the most evil-genius offensive mind of his time, sure does come with a lot of baggage.
As offensive coordinators go, Mike Martz is as arrogant and as stubborn as the best of them. The cliché rings true: it’s his way or the highway.
But why shouldn’t he be confident in his system? After all, he used it to orchestrate a Super Bowl winning season in 1999 and would go on to build the “Greatest Show on Turf” through the next two seasons.
But, perhaps there’s a reason—other than Martz so-called genius system—the he was able to have so much success. And maybe there’s an even better reason no team in the NFL would touch him with a 10-foot pole when the Bears picked him up in early 2010.
Martz might argue that there is just one little thing—that’s it, just one—needed in order to make his system work. Sounds promising enough. The problem is that the “one thing” is Hall of Fame players at nearly every skill position on offense.
The Bears haven’t had that since … umm, ever.
And, in my opinion, the man’s system has been unfairly described as “complicated” all too often. Because it’s not so much complicated as it is impossible to execute.
And that’s where the baggage comes into play.
When you bring in Mike Martz to run your offense, you don’t ask him to fit his offense to your players; you try to, instead, fit your players to his offense. And that is a recipe for disaster. No, actually it’s just plain stupid.
It’s a coach’s job to evaluate their talent and to put players in a position to succeed. You do that based on their specific talents. Those talents are what got them to the NFL in the first place.
Martz hasn’t done that. And he hasn’t been put under the burner nearly enough for it.
Instead, he’s been rewarded and been given all the power of a general manager. The question my mind has been asking since last season, and is screaming this season, is “why the hell is Mike Martz allowed to make so many bad personnel decisions and ruin my team’s future?”
Do you remember what happened last season? Let’s put this into as simple a perspective as possible: the Bears came out of the gate running Martz’s system and they sucked. Sure, they won some games. But, you can thank Lovie Smith’s defense for most of them.
It wasn’t until after the Bears put the reins on Martz during the bye week that the team really began to have some success. It’s so glaringly obvious it’s sickening.
Mike Martz will not last in Chicago. You can take that to the bank. He will be gone and it will happen within the next couple years, but not before he’s set Jay Cutler’s development back at least two years and shortened his NFL life span by about five years. And not before he’s torched the team’s roster.
Just take a look at the guys Mike Martz has been responsible for bringing to Chicago:
- Brandon Manumaleuna
- Dan LeFevour
- Mike Teel
- Matt Gutierrez
- Todd Collins
- Roy Williams
- Sam Hurd
- Matt Spaeth
- Nathan Enderle
And, of all the bad players listed above that Martz has brought here, there’s only one that he’s been responsible for letting go. And, friends, I would make this straight-up trade today: all the players listed above—yes, all of them in a package deal—for Greg Olsen.
I’m not going to harp on the past. What’s done is done. But trading Greg Olsen will be a move the Bears organization will regret long after Mike Martz has retired to the Bahamas.
He’s also the guy that consistently demoted Caleb Hanie in favor of the afore mentioned Todd Collins last season.
The sooner Mike Martz is out of Chicago, the sooner I can rest. I should have listened to ALL my Detroit Lions writer colleagues who warned me about this guy off the record…
“Trust me, he’ll drive you crazy. He’ll be run out of Chicago just as soon as he kills your quarterback.” (Actual quote)
Somebody get this guy out of my city.