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THE CREATOR OF ‘THE GREATEST SHOW ON TURF’ MIKE MARTZ RETIRES
Fri, 20 Jan 2012 12:23 PM EST

Former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz resigned his post with the team on Jan. 3 and is now retiring from the training career.

Based on sources, Martz decided to resign because the organization kept differences concerning the direction to take on the team’s offense. NFL scores

The NFL Network 1st reported the choice on Monday. Then on Tuesday, Martz informed to a newspaper that “it’s time.”

A 20-year NFL coaching veteran, Martz, who in addition served as coach of the St. Louis Rams directed Chicago’s offense to a couple of mediocre seasons in which it classified 24th in total offense in 2011 and 30th in 2010, ending in the coach leaving the Bears over what team president Ted Phillips named “philosophical variations.”

On the heels of an 8-8 season, Bears coach Lovie Smith called Martz’s exit a mutual call. But less than a year prior, the group allegedly offered Martz a one-year extension, which the coach dropped. Martz voiced a need to return to the Bears prior to the end of the 2011 season, but it appears he and Smith couldn’t arrive to understanding as the course the offense should take next season.

Martz came under fire all though his reign for his play calling, which on occasions seemed too dependent on the pass.

Martz’s time in Chicago was more damaged by safety issues alongside the offensive line in 2010, and wounds to quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte in 2011 that played a role in the club losing 5 of its last six after rolling to a 7-3 start.

During the 2011 season, reports surfaced linking Martz to multiple college openings. But at the time, sources thought Martz basically performed a part in generating the conjecture in an attempt to acquire leverage with the Bears in a bid for a more profitable extension with the club. Complicating the circumstance was the undeniable reality the team was in the midst of a five-game losing run. NFL odds

Resources claimed the situation became a distraction.

At last, the team promoted offensive line coach Mike Tice to offensive coordinator, leaving vacancies on the personnel for an offensive line coach and passing game coordinator.

Martz, 60, landed his first collegiate job in 1974 at San Diego Mesa Community University before advancing to the NFL in 1992 as an offensive aid with the Los Angeles Rams. Before arriving into the NFL, Martz worked for Santa Ana College, Fresno State, Pacific, Minnesota and Arizona State.

In 1999, Martz became the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, helping the offense set NFL records as it gained the short name “Greatest Show on Turf” on the way to winning Super Bowl XXXIV.

From 1999-2001 with Martz directing the Rams’ offense, quarterback Kurt Warner and running back Marshall Faulk won 3 uninterrupted Most Valuable Player awards. During that span, the Rams led the NFL in total yardage (20,177 yards) and scoring (1,569 points).


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