It seems the Bears' players are already liking their new offensive coordinator. Martz has been praised by most Bear players, and has developed really good chemistry between WR Earl Bennett, and QB Jay Cutler.
“He made a great impression,” Bennett told chicagobears.com about his meeting with Martz at Halas Hall on Monday, the coach's first full day at the office. “He’s a mastermind offensive coach who’s going to spread the ball around and wants to take us to that next level. I’m ready to work hard for him.”
This is a very good thing to hear because a rejuvenated offense will only help the Bears in their cause to get into the playoffs next year.
One of the most important aspects of the signing was how much Martz and Cutler hit it off.
"It's such a big thing to have a coordinator and a quarterback on the same page, obviously," Martz said Monday on "Carmen, Jurko & Harry" on ESPN 1000. "If there is any kind of ill will or ill feeling or just philosophically not on the same page, I don't care who it is, it's not going to work.
Cutler has also stated a liking for Martz.
“I felt very comfortable with him,” Cutler said. “The results of his offense speak for themselves. He had a lot of success in St. Louis and his offenses made improvements each year in Detroit and San Francisco. I haven’t run his system, but I am familiar with it. I’m anxious to start digesting the playbook and getting back on the field.
The transition looks to be going very well for both Martz and the players. New faces can either be a positive or negative, depending on the player.
In a league were coaches can change so quickly, players are sometimes dismissed in the decisions of firing a coach, affecting their attitude to the franchise.
The Bears' management knew that changes had to be made, and knew of the potential risks they might have had to deal with.
So far no serious problems have occurred between Martz and his new players. Let's hope it stays that way.