Vermeil remains supportive of Martz

Former St. Louis Rams coach Dick Vermeil, who teamed with offensive coordinator Mike Martz to win Super Bowl XXXIV, said the Chicago Bears' problems transcend the coaching staff.

"Anytime you throw the ball a high percentage of the time, you have to have good offensive linemen," Vermeil said Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I watched some of the game this past weekend, and [Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth came over an offensive guard and put him in the quarterback's lap as quick as fast as he got back there.

"That's hard for a quarterback to solve that problem by himself. And sometimes it's tough for the offensive line coach to solve that problem, because he only has one offensive guard who can play."

And it's not just the guards.

"I think the problems go beyond Mike Martz," Vermeil said. "I think the problems lie in the offensive line. I think Mike and Mike Tice will gradually adjust, or will adjust quickly especially during this bye week, to doing what both the offensive line can do and what the quarterback can do.

"I just have great confidence in Mike and in Mike Tice that they will figure out the problem. I don't know if anyone is to blame."

Vermeil remains a big fan of Martz.

"I worked with him for one year, and he did an unbelievably good job," Vermeil said. "He went to the playoffs the next year as a head coach and went back to the Super Bowl during his third year with the Rams, so he obviously knows what he's doing."

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