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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Updated: January 20, 11:57 AM ET
Martz interested in Bears' job

ESPNChicago.com

Former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz is interested in the Chicago Bears' offensive coordinator position.

Martz, who was the coordinator for the Rams' "Greatest Show on Turf" offense that turned Kurt Warner into an MVP and won a Super Bowl, said Tuesday he has not been contacted by the Bears but won't campaign for the job.

"Absolutely, of course I would [be interested]," Martz said. "But I've never talked to anybody or been contacted by anybody.

"It would be unfair to [Bears coach Lovie Smith] to jump ahead in any process and be involved in it. We'll just wait and see whether things develop."

As expected, the Bears fired offensive coordinator Ron Turner on Tuesday. The Bears also parted ways with tight ends coach Rob Boras, offensive assistant/assistant offensive line coach Luke Butkus, quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton, offensive line coach Harry Hiestand and offensive assistant/assistant wide receivers coach Charles London.

Martz led the NFL's top offense in 1999, as the Rams averaged 32.9 points a game and Warner passed for 41 touchdowns. Martz took over for Dick Vermeil the following season and compiled a 53-32 record in five-plus seasons, including an appearance in the Super Bowl in 2001. The Rams fired him five games into the 2005 season.

Smith was Martz's defensive coordinator from 2001-03.

Martz, 58, was the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions in 2006 and 2007 and had the same job with the San Francisco 49ers in 2008. He has served as an analyst with the NFL Network this season.