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Bears OC Mike Martz Resigns; QB Coach Shane Day Gone

Citing philosophical difference, Mike Martz has resigned as offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears, Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Martz’s contract was set to expire at the end of the 2011 league year.

After ranking 23rd in total offense and 19th in scoring offense in 2009, the Bears hired Martz on February 1, 2010. In Martz’s two seasons in Chicago, the Bears have ranked 30th (2010) and 23rd (2011) in total offense and 21st (2010) and 17th (2011) in scoring offense.

Martz’s offense puts a great deal of strain on the offensive line, and though they have addressed the position in coaching (Mike Tice), the draft and free agency, the lines still ranked 32nd (2010) and 31st (2011) in sacks allowed per pass attempt. Perhaps as a result, quarterback Jay Cutler has missed one game with a concussion, half of the 2010 NFC Championship Game with a left knee injury, and the last six games of 2011 with a right thumb injury.

The news of Martz’s departure comes on the same day the Bears relieved general manager Jerry Angelo of his duties.

In addition to Martz, the Bears will part ways with quarterbacks coach Shane Day, Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune adds.

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One Response to “Bears OC Mike Martz Resigns; QB Coach Shane Day Gone”

  1. Bob says:

    He was better than Turner obviously but really expected more. Martz offense demands elite Lt and line play for sure. Our line is just not that good but i think isnt that bad if we werent under that kind of pressure. I mean we do have 3 former 1st rnd picks with spencer, williams and carimi. Cutler had an issue or two with Martz. Remember the tell Martz FU game. Des Clark stated that Martz and Angelo bumped heads. I think “philosophy” is code for “ego” in this situation. What’s available for a new offensive coordinator? Please don’t say Charlie weis, he has been milking his one successful year for multiple years and fails everywhere.

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