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Sunday, December 4, 2011
On the unexpected return of Mike Martz

By Kevin Seifert

I've made clear that I think the Chicago Bears would be making a mistake if they part ways this winter with offensive coordinator Mike Martz, whose contract expires after the season. In short, I think Martz's sometimes-stubborn playcalling is outweighed by the clear progress he and quarterback Jay Cutler have made together over the past two years.

Nevertheless, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that Martz is not expected to return next season.

This situation is fluid and could be impacted by whether there is any interest in Martz as a college head coach. If Martz wants to leave, there is nothing the Bears can do about it. But if they're trying to push him out of the door, I hope they listened to what Cutler said about it last week.

Speaking on ESPN 1000 radio, Cutler stressed the importance of continuity in offensive scheme.

"We're building something here," Cutler said. "If you look at the offenses around the league that are really good -- Green Bay, the Patriots, the Saints -- there is consistency there. They've been in the same system. They've had the same offensive coordinator. They've had the same receivers, tight ends, guys around them that have grown up in the system.

"If you want to be an elite offense in this league, that's what you have to do. You can't keep shipping guys in and out. You can't keep doing different offensive coordinators left and right. It's hard on quarterbacks and it's hard on everyone to learn that kind of stuff."

Stay tuned.