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Monday, January 2, 2012
Lovie Smith mum on Mike Martz

By Michael C. Wright

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Conclusion of the Chicago Bears' 2011 season provided zero clarity concerning Mike Martz's prospects for a return in 2012 as the team's offensive coordinator.

A day after his team defeated the Minnesota Vikings 17-13 in the season finale, coach Lovie Smith remained tight lipped about Martz's future, saying he and the offensive coordinator haven't yet met to discuss matters.

"I haven't talked to the coaches, so I'm not going to talk to you about any of them right now, and I think you can understand that," Smith said. "This is the process we've gone through: we get off the plane last night, and we came here today, met the team, and eventually I'll meet with the coaches. I'll meet with our administration, and give you a better idea of what direction we're going with everyone then. Mike did a super job for us. He had a lot of injuries this year. I think you guys know how I feel about him. But this is a new year coming up, and we'll see how that goes."

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