NFL.com and NFL Network analyst Jason La Canfora first reported the news today via Twitter that former Chicago Bears’ offensive coordinator Mike Martz will retire from coaching.
The Chicago Sun-Times confirmed the news shortly thereafter. “It’s time,” Martz told the Sun-Times, while neglecting to comment further.
Martz’s coaching career dates back to 1973, where the Bullard High Scholl assistant worked his way to NFL greatness and, ultimately, a Super Bowl Championship with the St. Louis Rams. Martz will be 61 this May.
Despite Martz’s reputation and accolades of having improved every offense he’d previously gone to, the Chicago Bears’ offense fell from 14th (2008) and 19th (2009) in points scored to 21st (2010) and 17th (2011) under Martz. Total offensive yards also fell three positions among NFL standings in Chicago during his regime.
Mike Martz and the Chicago Bears parted ways over “philosophical differences” following a disappointing 8-8 2011 season, although it is believed that Martz would not have been retained regardless.