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Monday, February 1, 2010
Black and Blue all over: Chicago's decision

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

MIAMI -- During our NFL Nation Live chat Sunday night, colleague John Clayton reported Chicago officials were huddling to decide between Mike Martz and Kevin Rogers as their next offensive coordinator. Unless both candidates are eliminated, an unlikely scenario, we should be nearing resolution on this issue.

Martz traveled to Nashville, Tenn., Saturday to meet with quarterback Jay Cutler. David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune termed that trip “ridiculously awkward” because it suggested Cutler was in position to pass judgment on Martz rather than the other way around. In some ways, however, Martz needs to demonstrate his willingness to be a team player as much as Cutler does.

Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times reports there could be some disagreement in the Bears' hierarchy over this job. Ultimately, however, coach Lovie Smith should get the final decision. It’s his coaching staff, and the on-field product is his responsibility.

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