Monday, January 25, 2010
Martz unsure of Bears' coaching plans
By Melissa Isaacson
Saying he "just wants to move on," Mike Martz said Monday he has other plans that do not necessarily include going to work as offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.
Martz, the former St. Louis Rams head coach, was thought to be a strong candidate to work for his former defensive coordinator and old friend Lovie Smith. But Martz sounded uncertain about the Bears' future.
"It sounds like there's something they want to do. I just want to move on," Martz said. "I just worry about Lovie. I just want to see him do well. That was the reason for my interest."
Martz, who worked as an analyst with the NFL Network, said he was busy in San Diego with "lots of different things," and that he has not spoken to Smith lately.
Asked if quarterback Jay Cutler's input was a factor in the naming of the Bears' offensive coordinator, Martz said he didn't know. Martz was critical of Cutler's comportment after throwing four interceptions in a season-opening loss to the Green Bay Packers.
But asked if he should definitely be ruled out with the Bears, Martz would not go that far.
"We'll see how things work out. I wouldn't speculate," he said. "I'm not trying to be evasive. I just really don't know what's going on with them.
"I'm sure there are lots of contributing factors here. Lovie will take his time, and I'm sure he'll find what he's looking for."
The Bears spoke to Jeremy Bates, who worked previously with Cutler as quarterbacks coach with the Denver Broncos. But Bates ended up following Pete Carroll to the Seattle Seahawks. Rob Chudzinski also was considered a serious candidate, but the assistant head coach and tight ends coach of the San Diego Chargers is reportedly also not coming to Chicago. The Bears have interviewed Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese, and they'll interview Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson.
Asked what he thought Smith would do, Martz said he couldn't venture a guess.
"Who knows what it is," he said, "but he'll make his decision and I'm sure it will work out."
Melissa Isaacson is a columnist for ESPNChicago.com.