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Thursday, August 19, 2010
BBAO: Mike Martz is Mr. Optimist

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

What's gotten into Mike Martz? When he was hired as the Chicago Bears' offensive coordinator, Martz brought a well-deserved reputation for stubbornness and ornery reactions to the most minor of player mistakes. But as Jon Greenberg of ESPNChicago.com points out, this summer Martz has been "the offensive coordinator from Pleasantville" while praising every aspect of what any realist would consider a work in progress.
Greenberg: "After all, it is the preseason; it's time to tinker and teach. And there's no need to harp on mistakes made by a group of professionals trying to digest a complicated new system. And while the public's hunger for Bears news never takes a vacation -- witness the reportorial scrum around newly signed camp arm Matt Gutierrez, which led center Olin Kreutz to howl with laughter as reporters surrounded him -- there's no need for Martz to open his players up to early scrutiny."

There's no way you could apply this kind of praise to any NFL offense during training camp, whether it's the New Orleans Saints or Indianapolis Colts or Buffalo Bills. Martz is simply using the power of positivity as he races against the clock to prepare for the season opener. More than anything, his players need to feel confident that they're on the right track.

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