Martz open to head coach offers; happy with Bears


Martz open to head coach offers; happy with Bears

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010
4:40 PM

By John Mullin

Mike Martz intimated back in training camp that he wasnt sure he was up for another stint as the head coach of a National Football League team. He was 59 years old and coming off a year out away from the sidelines and three previous seasons of marginal success as an offensive coordinator.

Now, while hes not campaigning, and there will be jobs open this offseason as in any, if the call came from a team looking for a new top man to run on-field operations, he would most definitely listen.

Sure, Martz said Wednesday. If the opportunity were to come up again, who knows? Shoot, Im 59 years old. Im very happy with what Im doing right now. And if thats it for me, Id be the happiest guy in the world, too.

Martz left the ranks of head coaching in mid-2005 under contentious circumstances. He took a leave from coaching in October for medical reasons but his relationship with Rams management, already frayed, deteriorated further over the next couple months and he was fired in January 2006.

What followed were stints as offensive coordinator in Detroit (2006-07) and San Francisco (2008) and one season as a television analyst before he was brought back into the game last January as a member of Lovie Smiths staff.

The performance of the Bears offense this season will not post anything like the statistical peaks climbed by Martzs offenses in St. Louis. The Bears rank 19th in scoring (20.9 per game) and 30th in yardage per game (291.6), in the mid-20s in both rushing and passing yards.

Despite winning six of the last seven games, the Bears have not seen a significant improvement in the numbers by the offense except in the one statistic that matters: record. The Bears are 10-4 and good seasons generate pixie dust that benefits all involved.

Martz has made in-season adjustments, whether voluntary or mandated. While that suggests flexibility, Martz isnt claiming to be reinvented as to how open he is to doing it someone elses way.

Flexible has probably never been a word thats been associated with my name, he said. I think so, though. I like to think so. Maybe. Thats a question for somebody else, really.

Martz, who hired Lovie Smith as defensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams, spoke up on Smiths behalf when Smith was in search of the head-coaching job in Chicago. Smith hired Martz as offensive coordinator and now could be the one to put in a word for Martzs suitability to return to the No. 1 job for a team.

Martz is by no means looking to leave.

This is a special situation for me, Martz said. Obviously, I know Lovie and Rod Marinelli, defensive coordinator, and now I know these assistant coaches too.

I think when youre happy in the job that you do whether youre a head coach or a coordinator I really like being a coordinator, because youre hands-on and involved with football.

I really like that part of it and enjoy it. I think thats probably where I am.

Nothing is ever automatic, though. Aaron Wilson, posting on his @RavensInsider Twitter account, tweeted Wednesday that one of the reasons Rex Ryan did not get the Baltimore Ravens head coaching job, despite being successful as the Ravens defensive coordinator, was that he would not answer questions about the defense undermining then-head man Brian Billick.

John "Moon" Mullin is's Bears Insider, and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.

Reports: Former Bears kicker Robbie Gould to sign with Giants

Reports: Former Bears kicker Robbie Gould to sign with Giants

Robbie Gould has a new home in the NFL.

According to multiple reports, the former Bears kicker is expected to sign with the New York Giants.

Gould is heading on a plane on Thursday night to join the Giants in London, where they'll take on the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday morning.

The Giants were in need of a kicker in light of the news that Josh Brown would be missing the trip due to the new information on his domestic violence incidents. Brown was suspended for the first game of the regular season.

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Gould is the Bears' all-time scoring leader with 1,207 points. He has an 85.7 percent career field goal percentage.

Gould was cut by the Bears in favor of Connor Barth, ending an 11-year run in Chicago.

Bears shift Pernell McPhee from PUP onto active roster

Bears shift Pernell McPhee from PUP onto active roster

GREEN BAY, Wisc. – In one of the few recent positive personnel developments for a beleaguered Bears team, linebacker Pernell McPhee was moved from his physically unable to perform status onto the active roster on Thursday.

The team waived fullback Paul Lasike to open a spot on the 53-man roster for McPhee, who has been working his way back from offseason knee surgery and only began practicing last Friday.

McPhee being active for the Green Bay game was still unknown mid-afternoon, and the outside linebacker has had just two practice sessions plus the team’s walk-through on Wednesday.

But McPhee was voted as one of the defensive co-captains and universally considered one of the emotional leaders on a team that has taken emotional hits for much of this season. Additionally, McPhee projects to provide a major lift for a spotty pass rush, although how soon he will be able to contribute in more than selected situation remains to play out.

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McPhee is not expected to play the majority of opponent’s snaps in whichever game he makes his return.

McPhee has appeared in 74 games over five seasons with the Ravens (2011-14) and Bears (2015), starting 18 contests, posting 155 tackles, 23 sacks, one interception, 10 pass breakups, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He also owns one blocked field goal on special teams.

McPhee set career highs in tackles (64) and interceptions (one) in his first season as a Bear in 2015. He also ranked third on the Bears in sacks (six) and tied for second in tackles for a loss (10) in 2015. He helped the Ravens to a Super Bowl Championship after the 2012 season, posting four tackles, one sack, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery during the playoff run.