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Friday, January 29, 2010
Martz: Chicago's best chance for quick fix

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Two weeks ago, I laid out my argument for Mike Martz as the best candidate to be Chicago’s next offensive coordinator. Friday, the Bears confirmed Martz was at team headquarters to interview for the job.

There was no rush to interview Martz, who is not known to be a candidate for a position elsewhere. So I don’t know if there is much to read into the timing of this meeting. Coach Lovie Smith knows Martz well from their days together in St. Louis. For all we know, Smith wanted to get a better feel for his alternatives before formally meeting with Martz.

I won’t rehash what I wrote earlier other than to say the Bears need a quick fix. They’ve missed the playoffs for three consecutive years under Smith. If they don’t improve in 2010, there isn’t likely to be a 2011 for this coaching staff.

Martz has experience in quickly implementing a high-powered passing offense. Hiring a candidate with lesser credentials might work out in the long term, but the Bears can’t afford to think long term. Everything about their problems must be considered from a short-term perspective. Is it even fair to give a first-time NFL coordinator one year to overhaul and turn this offense around?

As always, stay tuned.