Former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who is now an analyst for Fox, joined "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 and discussed a variety of topics.
Why he left after two seasons with the Bears: I think it was just time for me to move on. My first year there I thought we got a lot done and were headed in the right direction. I think before (Jay Cutler and Matt Forte got hurt last season) we were 7-3 and I felt like if we weren't the best team in the NFC, one of the better teams. Things kind of unraveled there.
Feelings about Cutler: My feelings about Jay certainly have not changed. Obviously like I said, before he got injured, he was really playing at a high level. I was very pleased with him. I think he'll pick up where he left off. I think he'll have a terrific year.
Was Devin Hester miscast as a No. 1 receiver: I just think he was still learning the position to some extent, and I just believe using him inside is an excellent idea. I just think that we were just a little bit thin and used him in too many things, probably overused him. I think in some respects it confused him, trying to do too many things with him.
What does Cutler have to do to improve: He just has to continue to grow, like all good players. He's such a talent and he's got a commitment to this team and loves this team. I just think he'll continue to grow in that environment. They've done a very good job with him.
On rumors that he didn't get along with Mike Tice: No, that's incorrect. I don't know why or how that got started, who brought that to light. But I just talked to him about a week ago and wished him the best of luck.
Are Bears Super Bowl contenders? I think what they've done with the roster, I'm real excited about their chances. They have to keep everybody healthy. That's the way it is in that league. If they can keep everybody healthy, heck yeah.
What does Tice have to do in first year as OC? He's been around it for such a long time, he'll do just fine. He's very intelligent. He has a good grasp of how to change in the game. He understands when things have to change.