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Report: Cutler didn't want Martz back in Chicago

Posted on: January 5, 2012 11:41 am
Edited on: January 5, 2012 3:49 pm
 
Martz, Cutler

By Josh Katzowitz

This might not surprise you, especially considering Jay Cutler dropped an F-bomb on former Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz, but, according to the Chicago Tribune, Cutler met with coach Lovie Smith and said he was in favor of moving on without Martz.

Cutler apparently met with Smith to give his opinion before Smith and Martz met to officially part ways. Martz’s contract was up anyway, but considering Cutler (among others in the organization) didn’t want Martz around, it seemed unlikely Martz would return for another season.

"Obviously I would sure like to be back,” Martz said last month. “I think all of that stuff works out. This is going to be a great football team and I would like to be a part of it. We’ll just see how it works out."

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Though Cutler had a standout season in Martz’s system, Martz, earlier in the year, didn’t seem all that concerned about keeping Cutler protected by the offensive line. In fact, Cutler was asked in September if he could survive the year, and he hoarsely said, “I don’t know. I don’t know."

Martz also didn’t make friends with Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte by using him in such an inconsistent matter that it led Forte to say he thought the Bears didn’t believe he's an elite player. And Martz didn’t come off great when he blamed backup Caleb Hanie for an interception on a play that probably shouldn’t have been called for such an inexperienced player in the first place.

Now, Smith will have to hire his third offensive coordinator in four years, and hopefully, Cutler will give his seal of approval.

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Since: Aug 24, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:14 pm
 

Report: Cutler didn't want Martz back in Chicago

Do you think Denver might take Cutler back? .....in a heartbeat.



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:02 pm
 

Report: Cutler didn't want Martz back in Chicago

Do you blame him? Christ, Cutler nearly got killed in Martz's ridiculous system.

Only one more year of 6-10 or 7-9 before Smuggy Smith is gone. I'm counting down the days.




Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:40 pm
 

Report: Cutler didn't want Martz back in Chicago

Martz is good but you see he needs a hall of fame QB a hall of fame RB and three great wide receivers, then his system will work..............hey, wait a minute, is it Martz or those players that make it work? Get outta town martz!
Bulger, Kitna and JT O'Sullivan are hall of fame QBs now? lol!

The Martz system works but it requires precise route running and quick on the fly reads. Half the NFL runs Martz' system now though almost verbatim. It does require solid pass blocking, but they run a lot of screens, quick RB rails, and play action passes to slow down a pass rush.

The main thing though is the plays occur on layers, usually a deep layer, a crossing pattern underneath, and each of those routes is timed so that they sort of clear out a part of the field. Somebody is going to be open if it's done right. Each route pretty much also has at least one variation as ready by the WR and it has to be read the same as the QB too.

The QB's job is to keep track of the 3 to 4 different routes, figure out which variations anybody is running, and then go through the progressions with the right timing to take advantage.

As you can guess...if you have a QB that is slow, or the WRs are making the wrong reads or are off on their routes, this system has a high potential of screwing up. The problem is compounded more if the QB is holding the ball longer trying to figure out what the hell is going on.

Cutler simply is not that type of cerebral QB. I'd bet anything Brees, Peyton or Brady could run that system perfectly well (hell Brady pretty much does run it anyway, with some modifications). I am sure there are more QBs that can handle it, but the WR situations will be tough too. The Raiders might be able to pull it off since they have serious speed and Palmer is a pretty accurate QB. But that probably isn't an option.



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:12 pm
 

Report: Cutler didn't want Martz back in Chicago

I really can't say that I blame Cutler either!


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Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 2:01 pm
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:58 pm
 

Report: Cutler didn't want Martz back in Chicago

I think cutler wants to start calling his own plays, start audibling like Peyton.  Yeah, let's go with that option, watching trainwrecks can be sickly fascinating!



Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:47 pm
 

Report: Cutler didn't want Martz back in Chicago

Martz is also the reason the team doesn't have Greg Olsen anymore. And while he is most certainly overrated, there's no denying he's a better option than Kellen Davis or Matt Spaeth. Martz prefers using his tight ends as blockers, which is actually kind of funny when you consider all the hits Cutler was taking. As it turned out, they subtracted a passing weapon who they said couldn't block with a couple of non-threats in the passing game... who also couldn't block.




Since: Mar 12, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:37 pm
 

Report: Cutler didn't want Martz back in Chicago

I'm actually not happy to see Martz go. Why do people not remember that before the Bears lost Cutler, they were rolling. They had just beaten the Bucs, Eagles, Lions, and Chargers and averaged about 30 points/game. I don't know why we're changing things up so much. Well Angelo sucked and he needed to go, but I thought that Cutler was just starting to understand the system. Now we have to bring in a new guy, new system, and the offense is going to no doubt take a step back. Bad move.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:14 pm
 

Report: Cutler didn't want Martz back in Chicago

Martz is good but you see he needs a hall of fame QB a hall of fame RB and three great wide receivers, then his system will work..............hey, wait a minute, is it Martz or those players that make it work? Get outta town martz!

 



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:58 pm
 

Report: Cutler didn't want Martz back in Chicago

What QB wouldn't want Martz gone, the guy was using Cutler as a sacrificial lamb in his jacked up philosophy. Sometimes it looked like there was no offensive line at all, making it easy for Cutler to go down with injury yet again. I hate Jay Cutler, but I do not blame him one bit for voicing his opinion, had Martz come back Cutler may have died in the upcoming season.


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