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Lovie leaves Martz's status up in the air

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08:02 AM ET 01.03 | After Lovie Smith's season-ending press conference, we're still no closer to learning the fate of Mike Martz. [A] day after concluding his eighth season, Smith wouldn't name his offensive coordinator for 2012, fueling speculation Mike Martz will not return and the Bears will be searching for their third play-caller in four seasons. ... While he praised elements of the offense at times in a 22-minute news conference, Smith didn't take a hard stand for Martz. "We did a lot of good things offensively," Smith said. "But right now we're evaluating everything. Mike's a part of that. Mike is a guy that's been around a few years. Got to have a chance to sit down with Mike to see exactly which way he wants to go and which way we want to go."

Chicago Tribune

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January 3, 2012  08:33 AM ET

People may be evaluating you, Lovie.

January 3, 2012  08:41 AM ET

If he puts Martz's status in limbo then , someone needs to put Lovies status in limbo

January 3, 2012  09:03 AM ET

Change OCs all you want Lovie... it doesn't do you much good if you don't have an O-line capable of protecting the QB.

Note to Jerry Angelo: Pay Matt Forte!

January 3, 2012  09:05 AM ET

Martz is going back to college

January 3, 2012  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Change OCs all you want Lovie... it doesn't do you much good if you don't have an O-line capable of protecting the QB.Note to Jerry Angelo: Pay Matt Forte!

Agree, Agree, and Agree.

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January 3, 2012  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Martz is going back to college

Like Rodney Dangerfield.

January 3, 2012  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Change OCs all you want Lovie... it doesn't do you much good if you don't have an O-line capable of protecting the QB.Note to Jerry Angelo: Pay Matt Forte!

YES YES YES........Pay Matt Forte now not after breakfast, not in an hour pay him now..........

January 3, 2012  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Change OCs all you want Lovie... it doesn't do you much good if you don't have an O-line capable of protecting the QB.Note to Jerry Angelo: Pay Matt Forte!

I'd like to amend that statement... now that Jerry Angelo is FIRED!!!

Still... pay Matt Forte!

January 3, 2012  10:36 AM ET

It looks like the Bears fired their GM Angelo.

January 3, 2012  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

It looks like the Bears fired their GM Angelo.

Finally?

January 3, 2012  10:42 AM ET

They Fire GM Angelo - I would think Lovie has to be wondering if he's next

January 3, 2012  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

They Fire GM Angelo - I would think Lovie has to be wondering if he's next

Wouldn't that be a coup if Lovie was let go and Martz promoted to HC.

January 3, 2012  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Wouldn't that be a coup if Lovie was let go and Martz promoted to HC.

lol....that would be great

January 3, 2012  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

People may be evaluating you, Lovie.

True. And well he should be. As for Martz, his status has been up in the air ever since he got there.

Matrz happens to thinks of himself as an offensive genius. Problem is, he can't find anyone to agree with him.

January 3, 2012  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

It looks like the Bears fired their GM Angelo.

Really? What took them so long?

January 3, 2012  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

It looks like the Bears fired their GM Angelo.

I can't wait to see who they replace him with. Rumor has it that it's going to be Director of Player Personnel Tim Ruskell, who Angelo had reportedly been grooming to take his place eventually. I don't want a Jerry Jr. to take over... at this point Bears fans can do without a "meet the new boss, same as the old boss" scenario at GM.

January 3, 2012  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

They Fire GM Angelo - I would think Lovie has to be wondering if he's next

Bears CEO Ted Phillips has said that no other changes will be made, to include Lovie. Looks like he's safe for now.

January 3, 2012  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Really? What took them so long?

Good question. $19M under the cap at the beginning of the season, and no major changes in the O-line. It's not like that hadn't been a leftover issue from the previous season.

 
January 3, 2012  11:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Good question. $19M under the cap at the beginning of the season, and no major changes in the O-line. It's not like that hadn't been a leftover issue from the previous season.

Raiding the Cowboys of their cast-offs this past off-season (to include alleged drug kingpin-wannabe Sam Hurd) didn't help him either.

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