Bears wide receiver Devin Aromashodu holds a key advantage when digesting Mike Martz’s offense.
“I would say [offensive coordinator] Tom Moore was the same way in Indianapolis,” Aromashodu said this week. “He was very similar, very detail orientated.”
Aromashodu saw limited action during two seasons with the Colts, catching only seven passes for 96 yards. But after coming on strong for the Bears late last year (22 receptions and 4 touchdowns in his final four games), he figures to have a large role in Martz’s offense. According to the receiver, adjusting to life under Martz is like going back to school, although the class curriculum may be somewhat more advanced.
“Basically, if you’re in a college course, they say read three chapters before we meet again and have a test on it, it’s kind of something like that,” Aromashodu said. “You need to read those chapters and be prepared for that test. There’s not much else to say, you just got to get the stuff done. Unfortunately, you may go out there and make a mistake that will show up. He expects us to make mistakes, but he doesn’t expect us to make the same mistakes. I think we are doing a pretty good job of limiting those mistakes.”
Unlike most college students, Bears receivers don’t have the luxury of purchasing class notes or bringing a long a small cheat sheet.
“You can’t do that,” Aromashodu laughed. “I’m pretty sure you can do that at most colleges, but you can’t do that here. You can’t look at anything when you’re out there on the field.”