Monday, February 1, 2010
Black and Blue all over: Chicago's decision
By Kevin Seifert
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.
Continuing around the NFC North as we ramp up Super Bowl hype week:
- Minnesota special teams star Heath Farwell played extensively at linebacker Sunday night in the Pro Bowl, notes Mark Craig of the Star Tribune.
- Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie offered a conciliatory statement Saturday night about his dismissal from the Pro Bowl, but he was defiant Sunday night -- and Monday morning -- on his Twitter page. McKinnie wrote: “What I realize is ppl like negative that's what sells @ the end of the day!” Also: “HATERS MAKE ME STRONGER SO THANX 4 THE FAVOR! I DON'T BREAK SUCKAS!”
- Detroit general manger Martin Mayhew is excited about the class of more than 50 juniors who declared themselves eligible for the draft, according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.
- Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has learned to deal with the Brett Favre questions, writes Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.