The Chicago Bears Hire Of Mike Martz Doesn't Show Much Smartz

Darrell HorwitzSenior Writer IIFebruary 1, 2010

ST. LOUIS - NOVEMBER 7:   Head coach Mike Martz of the St. Louis Rams call out while facing the New England Patriots on November 7, 2004 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The Patriots defeated the Rams 40-22. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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As the news came over the airwaves that the Chicago Bears have hired Mike Martz to run their offense, my thoughts turned to Lovie Smith wins again.

Not on the field where it matters, but in getting his guy to be the offensive coordinator.

Lovie always gets his guy.

The Bears brought in his former player from the Rams Adam Archuleta several years ago to play in the defensive backfield. The only bigger bust I have seen is on the new housewife that's on "The Real Housewives of the OC."

Last year it was former St. Louis offensive lineman Orlando Pace to anchor the left tackle position. The only thing he did was sink the Bears passing game with his poor play.

His best friend Rod Marinelli took over as the defensive line coach last year and was supposed to work his magic to create the pass rush that is necessary to make the Cover-2 work.

Unfortunately, the magic of Marinelli disappeared as the Bears defensive line sputtered, ruining Lovie's claim that Marinelli was the teams best off-season acquisition.

After the Super Bowl season, he told defensive coordinator Ron Rivera to take a hike so he could promote another close friend Bob Babich to the job. Babich failed miserably, and Lovie took over the defensive play calling last year.

Are you starting to see a pattern here?

Lovie goes into the rolodex to call the people he knows and feels comfortable with. The only problem is that Lovie has no clue when it comes to both personnel and coaches.

He's made so many changes on the coaching staff during his regime that I would need to write a novel to cover them all.

In the latest and hopefully last chapter of Lovie Smith's reign as head coach, he hired his former boss Mike Martz to challenge Jay Cutler and the offense to put the ball into the end zone more often than opponents hands.

Martz is famous for being the ringleader of the "Greatest Show on Turf" in St. Louis.

The problem he faces in Chicago is that the sod in Soldier Field is more suitable for a mud wrestling match than the vertical passing game that he likes to run. 

There is also the issue if "all of the pieces are in place," as former Chicago Bear coach Dave Wannstedt said to his regret back when he was pacing the sideline.

He had a terrific offensive line in St. Louis bolstered by the young Orlando Pace, along with great wide receivers in Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce, and running back Marshall Faulk coming out of the backfield catching passes and creating havoc for defenders.

Here the cupboard is bare.

The 'O' line has more holes than a golf course. The receiving corp is filled with second-rate receivers, and the running backs are, oh forget it. (He doesn't care about running backs anyway).

Another big issue is putting the game plan in place.

Martz' play book is like "War and Peace." You can't sit down and finish it in one reading. You're in it for the long haul, and if the Bears don't win next year, it's probably one and done for Martz.

That means four coordinators in four years for Cutler, and that's not the best way to handle your franchise quarterback.

It's also difficult to learn his plays and terminology quickly. The Chicago Bear wide receivers had a difficult time picking up Ron Turner's playbook. Martz usually has 150 or more plays to choose from each game.

Not to be mean, but the Bears don't have a bunch of Mensa members catching the ball for them.

I have yet to mention Martz' ego and his reputation for being hard to get along with. I can see him and the head-strong Cutler butting heads on a regular basis.

The Bears need someone to run the offense, and Martz has the best credentials of anyone out there. But that doesn't mean he's the right fit for this team.

Cutler and Martz had dinner together Saturday night in Nashville to supposedly feel each other out and see if they felt comfortable together.

It must not have been a disaster since Martz got the job, but I don't see them sitting across from each other on "Sweetest Day" sharing a dessert.