Wednesday, September 21, 2011
BBAO: Consequences for Mike Martz
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
There is undoubtedly a part of Mike Martz that will be tempted. The Chicago Bears' offensive coordinator will see the Green Bay Packers' difficulty defending the pass and will feel an urge to start calling passes all over Soldier Field on Sunday. And if he does, writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears should fire him -- immediately.
Haugh: "If I were general manager Jerry Angelo or [coach Lovie] Smith, I would make clear if Martz goes rogue once more, as he did when the offense inexplicably had a 3-to-1 pass-to-run ratio in the third quarter of a close game, the Bears will move on. One more game plan recklessly putting [Jay] Cutler in harm's way, the way calling 52 passes to 11 runs did, and I either would fire Martz or strip him of play-calling duties on the spot."
That's a strong sentiment, to be sure. The Bears have some talented assistants on their staff, but unless I'm mistaken, none of them have experience as an offensive playcaller. But the point isn't so much that calling too many passes, as Martz did last Sunday against the New Orleans, should be a fireable offense. It's that the Bears already addressed the issue with Martz last year, making Sunday's game a suspicious case of at least passive insubordination.
I highly doubt the Bears would fire Martz during the season, but it's clear the Bears need to raise the urgency of the message Martz is hearing.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Bears running back Matt Forte has accounted for 52 percent of the team's yardage, notes Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- The Bears shouldn't let Cutler off the hook for his role in Sunday's debacle, writes Jon Greenberg of ESPNChicago.com.
- Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiles Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji.
- Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette considers how the Packers will pick up the pieces after the season-ending neck injury of safety Nick Collins.
- The Packers lost receiver Chastin West from their practice squad. West signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars' active roster, according to multiple reports.
- The Detroit Lions' running game is a work in progress, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
- Lions safety Louis Delmas on rookie receiver Titus Young, via Terry Foster of the Detroit News: "That dude might be the cockiest humble guy you will ever know. He does not talk like that, but you can tell by his swagger and style of play out on the field that he has a lot of confidence."
- The Lions' personnel upgrade on defense has been evident this season, writes Justin Rogers of Mlive.com.
- Three veterans addressed the Minnesota Vikings on Monday to urge their teammates to remain calm in the face of a 0-2 record, writes Mark Craig of the Star Tribune. The players were quarterback Donovan McNabb, left guard Steve Hutchinson and defensive end Jared Allen.
- McNabb, via Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "[E]veryone isn't sitting there pointing fingers. This isn't the time to be pointing fingers. I don't believe in that anyway."
- The Vikings waived defensive end Adrian Awasom to make room on the roster for defensive tackle Kevin Williams, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.