Offensive Reasons For Optimism

Jeremy Bates wants to be the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears.  So does Charlie Weis.  So do Mike Martz and apparently every other out of work offensive mind in the football world (including Al "World's Largest Playbook" Saunders).  There are going to be openings elsewhere - Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Kansas City - but the job on everybody's mind is Chicago.  Why?  The answers are quite simple.

JAY CUTLER is a big time quarterback.  He made a ton of unforgivable mistakes during the 2009 campaign but there's not an offensive coach alive who wouldn't love to draw in the dirt for that mobility and arm strength.  
CHRIS WILLIAMS is a bona fide left tackle and bona fide left tackles don't grow on trees.  The offensive line turned a corner once CW was moved, establishing a consistent run game and protecting the quarterback.  The line is nowhere near complete but the most important piece is already in place.
YOUNG RECEIVERS are everywhere on this roster.  D.A. is a first-week starter in 2010.  Earl Bennett will step into the role Rash Davis played in 2006, catching important passes on late-game third downs.  Johnny Knox and Devin Hester provide the speed that drives defensive coordinators crazy.  The Bears need to add the one guy - the "number one" - and they'll see the passing game flourish.  I don't think Jerry Angelo or Lovie Smith will feel comfortable enough in their jobs to NOT take a shot on Brandon Marshall.
TIGHT ENDS?  The Bears have three of them, each with a unique skill set.  Look no further than this past Sunday where all three could easily have scored touchdowns.
I just don't believe the success of the 2010 Bears will depend upon offensive production.  This group will continue to grow over the offseason, adding the right components, and be very effective next season.  Coaches - especially rich coaches like Charlie Weis - don't clamor for "project" jobs.  They clamor for jobs that provide the opportunity for instant success.  The desire of these minds to come to Chicago should prove that opportunity resides on Lake Shore Drive.

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  • Jeff,

    Remember that CBA Elephant? I think next year Marshall is a RA. And even if he was a UFA, the Broncos may well use the Franchise tag on him.

    We need a 1WR, Shabba-Dabba is not a 1WR and neither is Hester.
    Bolquin is good, but let's face it - Fitzgerald drew the safeties like flies on horseshit. But I think he would work, he's tough and he works across the middle - something Hester is kind of a pussy about doing.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Boldin was still a beast before Fitz got there (check the numbers)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    There is literally no way the Broncos franchise Marshall. Every word from that organization is that they can't stand him and would love for him to be gone.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    That's right Jeff, McDoofus really threw him under the bus last week .... he's gone. But where ? And imagine being a Bronco fan and this smeg runs your franchise QB *and* WR out the door ...!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    With all that said, and for a little open-minded debate, if someone can make a case for Martz, I would be interested in reading it. I would love to see the Bears throw it all over the place and put up points in bunches.
    Martz was amazingly successful in doing that with the Rams, but he had Warner (still a stud), Faulk, Bruce, Holt, etc. Maybe no one can succeed in Detroit. He probably didn't have much to work with in San Fran, either. Given Cutler, Forte, Knox, Aromashadu, Olsen, Bennett, etc., could he turn the Bears' offense into the Greatest Show on Slippery Sod? My gut says no, but are there any Martz supporters who think it could work?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    "Coaches - especially rich coaches like Charlie Weis - don't clamor for "project" jobs. They clamor for jobs that provide the opportunity for instant success."

    Why the heck is Charlie Weis in deep talks with the Chiefs if this is true? http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/01/charlie-weis-unlikely-to-land-with-bears.html

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    two words: scott pioli

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    NY Bears fan - he just cut off those talks when the Bears job opened up, according to Schefter today.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    Jeff, nice piece, really do appreciate all the homework you do.

    I for one don't think Lovie will factor in that much as far as new OC is concerned. I wouldn't be surprised if the choice is gonna be all JA's. This is why I am willing to bet that Weis will get the job. One of the Teams JA mentioned that he had looked at during his press conference was the Pats.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    If Rod and Martz are out, then praise god and pass the crow.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    No thoughts on Floyd or Naanee instead of the tier 1 guys the we know the Bears will be hesitant to pay for?

    Oh, and I don't think either floyd or Naanee are whiney prima donna thugs like the other two (yet).

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    MB, I'm not familiar with Floyd or Nannee. Tell me about them.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    MB30SD, I agree with you 100%. The Chargers have a ton of depth at WR and Floyd is the one I would take in a heartbeat as well. Naanee is more physical, but Floyd can go up and get it.

    On the OC topic, I would prefer Martz over Wiess by a long shot, but I would rather have neither and take a shot on Bates.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    This might be bullshit, but it's worth taking note of:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/01/06/charlie-armey-mike-martz-would-ruin-jay-cutler/

    Former Rams GM says Mike Martz would ruin Cutler...I don't know how, but that's what the man says.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    That's piss in the bottle right there.

    Martz "ruined" Kurt Warner? How exactly did he ruin him? Because, by my watch, he MADE him from a grocery bagger with a mom-wife to a guy who woulda made it to Canton if only the Cards D would have kept a lid on Rothlesberger last year.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Martz was only good when over half the offense was pro-bowl caliber. Anybody could have done that. The last thing we need is another egotistical blowhard like Lovie.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    One more silver lining? They were saying on the score the other day that Matt Forte played the season with a sprained MCL. If true, that would certainly be one reason why he had about zero burst for most of the season.

    I haven't heard this anywhere else though...so this isn't 100% by any means. If so, it would explain a lot though...and when healthy, I don't see Forte as a star, but he is capable of playing much better than he did this year...regardless of how bad the line play was at time.

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    He needs to be utilized properly. He's kind of like a poor man's Westbrook and they should keep him, but they need a bruiser to complement him, a la Brandon Jacobs or Chester Taylor (whose contract is up at the end of the year, BTW).

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    Brandon Jacobs would be awesome on the Bears. EXACTLY the kind of TOUGH in-your-face football player that our offense desperately needs. I had hopes that Kellen Davis would become one of those, but he has not as yet.

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    Scary thought. What if JA wants Lovie gone no matter what but because of the collective bargaining thing JA had no choice but to keep LS? What if it doesn't matter who the new OC will be because Lovie's gone next year anyway? Who would want to take a job as OC given the situation?

    I know, Mike Martz. What does he have to lose?

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    Following up on my comment, so far as I've seen (admittedly not a great deal) Brandon Jacobs would be an offensive tonic. A guy that cares about every play, about every yard. He reminds me of Payton in that way.

    DAMNIT I miss having players on my beloved Bears that the other teams FEAR! Players like Payton. Like Butkus before him. Like Ditka before him. Like Atkins before him...

    Is there a single player on the Bears today that scares anyone? Hester did for a time, but those days are gone. Who scares anyone now?

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Robbie Gould.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    God damn right, Robbie Gould!

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Craig steltz scares me if I'm Charles tillman.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    He used the Plank mojo badly.

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    Oh yeah and you all were completely fucking right to hammer me yesterday, I just needed to vent I suppose. Although I'm starting to wonder if this is fandom or addiction...

  • In reply to BearDown1982:

    Chester Taylor would be a great acquisition, and I think this Bell kid might be pretty good too. I'm also a Garrett Wolfe fan...so if the offensive line can be reworked and play tougher then I can see the run game really taking off in 2010.

    ...of course I thought the same about the 2009 Bears run game.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Wolfe could be useful. But when Turner kept trying to run him through the line I thought he should be arrested for attempted homicide, let alone fired. Kid weighs like 180 pounds, you can't do that to him.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    hot off the presses:

    Charlie Weiss will be named the OC for Kansas City Chiefs

    that's 2 blown hires....YIPPEE!!!!!

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    link: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4802526

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I think this Jeremy Bates thing is going to happen.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    how much confidence do you have in him? do you know much a/b him? is this subject of a blog for a later time?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I think so too. Everybody seems to be reporting that Fewell and Bates are very likely.

    I'd like to give Leslie Frazier honorable mention. He interviewed with the Bills for a Head Coaching job...a long shot would be to lure him here.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    He wants head coach, but he could be "DC" and shadow Lovie for a year to learn waht NOT to do.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP... hahahahaha, 'mom-wife'.

    She's a maaaaaaan baby!

    You guys are killing me this week.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Bold statement - with no supporting substance.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Jeff,

    The DAVE TAUB FOR OC bandwagon needs legs. Can you headline with that? He is the only coach on our staff who week in and week out schools his opponent.

    Thanks.
    ther have a guy who has consitently out-coach his opponent on a weekly basis

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    Ghost, just read article. Looks like there are some bad feelings and I don't know if I would believe anything in it. The last paragraph was totally bunk, Lovie doesn't need Mike Martz to ruin his career, Lovies doing a fine job all by himself.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    Haha. Indeed he is Mike, indeed he is.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    Darnit Ghost, you beat me to it. He truly is a terrible coach. Apparently, in his offense, there isn't really a check down. He's so confident in his ability to draw up plays to find a hole in the defense, that there's only one "correct read". Alex Smith looked great in that offense, right? Please no Martz. I don't really want Weiss or Saunders either, but I will riot if it's Martz. I like the Bates choice... except there's no way he acclimates to NFL OC in one year.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    Not sure if you guys heard this yesterday, but on the SCR that had a great breakdown of exactly why the decision to keep Lovie was made. More or less, and we all already knew this, but it was almost entirely a business decision. Essentially, there is not only the CBA and potential lockout looming, but there is also currently a very important anti trust lawsuit involving the NFL that may make the NFL exempt from anti trust laws. Essentially, the landscape of the NFL can and probably will be drastically different from its current state.

    I cant say I blame the bears for making that decision after hearing all that. Basically, they have no idea what thier industry is going to look like. If there is indeed a lockout, they would then have to pay 2 coaches and a GM to not work.

    Its the only decision that could be made..whether they admit or not, from a business standpoint, and actually is the right decision from a business standpoint.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    a/b the 1st paragragh: funny thing. i asked warren sapp about that via twitter. surprisingly, he responded (didn't read it of course....real shocking). after i broke it down to him a/b what would happen if that did go through (in a very coherent way mind you). his response: "what do you do for a living?"

    smh. and they let this guy get up and talk in front of a camera as a job. that anti-trust law would KILL local merchants....and nobody is stepping in to stop the NFL's greedy asses. what a crock.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    FQ, forgot you have a man on the inside. Anything good from him lately? What's the feeling about all this in the locker room?

    Oh, and who's your source!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    it was Marcus Harrison (we went to school together), but since he deleted his f-book page, can't get any more info from him :-(

    ahhh well....we'll probably see each other this offseason. we'll sit down at a local greasy spoon (term my old man always says) and talk about this stuff. as soon as i hear something, i'll post it here.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Agree about Martz, he just looks like a greasy career-long used car salesman. Guy's not what we need jesus.

    I'd love to get Frazier although his D has fallen apart a little in the 3rd quarter.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Lombardi was singing Bate's praises on the Score earlier today. Check out the podcast.

    Fewell's supposed to be a screamer, which we need.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Check this out Crown.

    Don't know if any of you guys read Extra Mustard on SI.com, but it's pretty funny. We'll I sent the dude who publishes is your link of Ditka in his drawrs crown (under Bill... from Chicago) and he used it today!

    Check it out... scroll down: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/extramustard/hotclicks/01/06/jillian-beyor-best-fictional-sports-events/index.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Nice work MB. I hope it spreads so that everyone can see what a real head football coach looks like. Those were the days...when coaches didn't have filters and weren't afraid to speak their minds. When they weren't scared of the media or divulging their "master game plans". We need more coaches that are honest, charismatic, fiery, and true to themselves. For those that say that performance matters, not personality, I say that wouldn't you rather have this guy on your side fighting for you? I would.

    I also like the lovely lady of the day!

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    That was awesone.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Johnny Morris got his panties in a wad. Funny.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Mike Martz has one of the worst Red Zone percentages, so think how that will fair with our current red zone problems.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    That was a fucking funny ass video of Ditka in his underwear. Lol.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    I will repeat what I said yesterday because I havent heard a good response to it.

    If Mike Martz is an option, someone needs to explain to me how a spread offense is going to work in the middle of a blizzard.

    I actually think Bates is the right choice, I floated his name out about 2 months ago..I also copied his WIKI page here about two months ago..not sure if anyone remembers that.

    I am a bit concerned about him being more friends with Jay than a coach...and I hate to feel like we are pandering to him with that decision, but given the fact that they basically handed Jay the keys to the car...lets see how this works.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    I don't know if he was a terrible coach, Transplant. He did alright in San Francisco. Shaun Hill was a pretty good QB in 2008, I think I saw someone say he was the 12th best QB in the league that year. SHAUN HILL!

    Martz isn't my first choice...but I think he could get a lot out of Cutler if he does become the guy. I'm worried about his run game, though. Marshall Faulk suffered a steady decline after 2001...granted that was partly due to injuries, but Mike Martz is a throw-it guy, not a pound-it guy.

    That dog might not hunt with Lovie Smith.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    As good an analysis that I've seen..........

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't like Martz, but if you guive him the current talent that the Bears have to offer on the offensive side of the ball, he may just make things happen, very similar to the Rams. If anything he'd be better, far better, at calling plays than Ron Turner. Good Bye RT you sack of poo!

    That being said I would prefer Charlie Weis as the new OC regarding those mentioned above.

    A very good write up Jeff.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Well the Redskins have their man. To bad we still have Lovie.

    http://blogs.nfl.com/2010/01/06/redskins-introduce-shanahan-as-executive-vpcoach/

  • In reply to gpldan:

    So much to talk about

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hester, Bennet and Knox are too small. One small guy for the slot is enough. Floyd and V-Jack will be FAs don't know if that's restricted or not, both are what, 6'5 ? Without Marshall, Orton was dead in the water this year.

    2010 Free Agents

    Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos (26)
    Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers (27)
    Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys (26)
    Braylon Edwards, New York Jets(27)
    Terrell Owens, Buffalo Bills (36)
    Antonio Bryant, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (29)
    Derrick Mason, Baltimore Ravens (36)
    Steve Breaston, Arizona Cardinals (27)
    Malcom Floyd, San Chargers (28)
    Kevin Walter, Houston Texans (29)
    Jason Avant, Philadelphia Eagles (27)
    Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins (24)

  • Agreed, Jeff. Opportunity Knox, and not just because of Johnny.
    I just hope they are selective in their hiring of an offensive coordinator. Of course Martz, Weis, etc. are interested. Anyone out of work will be interested. But should we be interested in them is the question?
    The Tribune posted a story all about Martz's desire to work with Lovie again and to coordinate a young Bears offense featuring Jay Cutler. Yes, the same Martz who blasted Cutler not three months ago for not representing "a great head coach."
    Sorry, just threw up in my mouth. The same Martz who, since his glory days with the Rams offense, had a relatively short stint in Detroit and a one-year gig in SF and now is working in TV. If he's such a brilliant offensive mind, why has he been a TV analyst lately? Why did Detroit and SF, bottom-feeding teams who should be desperate to keep his talented mind on their side, get rid of him? If he's not good enough for Detroit and San Fran, why is he a candidate in Chicago? Simple: Lovie is the head coach. Lovie likes to hire his buddies, many of whom don't seem to have been very effective. In that twisted line of thinking, Martz is the perfect answer for the Bears.
    My hope is they'll go in a different direction, though. My hope is Jerry and Ted will not allow Lovie to simply hire a buddy this time like he did with Babich. Of course, if Ted has any say in it, a search firm will "find" our offensive coordinator, and he'll be an assistant on one of our division rivals' staffs, right under our noses.
    Can someone who does not work at Halas Hall hire the new OC so we have a chance of getting it right? Please?

  • Doc, what the hell is that thing?

    Ohhhhhhh... BAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHaaahahaahahahaha.

    It's his hUUGE cock-shaped pillah!

    Brilliant!

  • Not really a body of work to judge by so it's difficult to decipher whether he'd be good or bad at the job. But, to be honest, Mike Martz scares the hell out of me.

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