Martz Hired as Bears' Offensive Coordinator

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CHICAGO (AP) - Mike Martz, the headstrong coach who orchestrated
the "Greatest Show on Turf" while molding Kurt Warner into a Pro Bowl quarterback with the St. Louis Rams, is the Chicago Bears' new
offensive coordinator.

Martz's hiring on Monday ended a nearly monthlong search to replace the fired Ron Turner. His job is to turn around a struggling offense and get the most out of Jay Cutler after the quarterback and team failed to meet high expectations this season.

Cutler threw a league-leading 26 interceptions after a blockbuster trade with Denver, while the Bears went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the third straight year since the 2006 team's Super Bowl run. That led to a major coaching shake-up in which Turner and five other assistants were let go.

The Bears are still looking for a defensive coordinator.


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