"Tell Mike Martz go ..... yourself." All Bears fans remember the TV cameras picking up Jay Cutler yelling that at the sideline. Bears fans laughed, and all of Chicago agreed. Martz was the guy who was "responsible" for the 24th ranked offense that averaged 22 points a game. If the Bears would just launch Martz, and his seven step drops, the team could be a top 10 offense. Bear nation envisioned greatness like the green and gold up north. Well, Bear fans got their wish and Martz was shown the door. Problem solved right? The answer to that is a BIG FAT NO! The Bears currently rank 28th in the NFL behind offensive juggernauts such as the Brandon Weeden led Cleveland Browns and the Jake Locker led Tennessee Titans. This is an offense that has the Bears single season reception record holder Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, and promising rookie Alshon Jeffery. If you compare that to last years squad who featured "Mr. First Down" Roy Williams, Johnny Knox, and Forte, the talent isn't even close. This team features a legitimate one two punch, something the Bears have never had. There's no reason this squad should bad. Fans might point to the offensive line, but this is the same line the Bears had out there last year minus Frank Omiyale. If anyone thinks Frank is a difference maker, I ask you to please stop watching the Bears.
Before Cutler went down last year, Martz had the Bears offense rolling. They were averaging 27 points a game, and the team looked primed to make another playoff run. Unfortunately, the injury occurred and there wasn't a capable backup on the squad. Sure Martz did some crazy things, but he ran a offense. It wasn't predictable, and he was always adding new wrinkles to the game plan. The 2012 Bears have turned into a very predictable group. They can't run the ball and they can only find ways to get Brandon Marshall open. I've never coached a football game in my life, and I'm pretty sure I could find a way to get Marshall open. If Martz could average 27 points a game last year with that rag tag group, I'm sure the numbers would be even better with Marshall and Jeffery.
The 2012 Bears have also struggled to find ways to use Matt Forte. Tice has used his as a straight ahead runner all year and can't figure out how to use him as receiver. This was Mike Martz greatest strength. He helped turn Forte from an average back to a premier back. He was able to get him matched up against linebackers and make him the premier pass catching running back in the league. While Cutler might be cussing out Martz, Forte should be thanking him for his fat pay check.
Mike Martz wasn't perfect by any means but he never deserved the criticism he received. He worked miracles with the lack of talent he had last year, and it's to bad he didn't get a shot to work with this group.