MIAMI -- Now that Chicago has hired Mike Martz as its offensive coordinator, the next question becomes whom it will hire as defensive coordinator.
Bears general manager Jerry Angelo admitted during a conference call with reporters that filling both positions at the same time proved overly complicated, so the offensive job was prioritized. Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald has more on that.
To anyone’s knowledge, the only candidate interviewed for the job has been Perry Fewell, who ultimately took a similar position with the New York Giants. Coach Lovie Smith said he has ruled out no candidates, raising speculation he could promote defensive line coach Rod Marinelli or defensive backs coach Jon Hoke.
But based on the way the Bears conducted their search for Martz, it seems likely there will be other interviews. Stay tuned.
For now, let’s take a spin around the division:
Newly retired quarterback Kurt Warner said “it’s going to take some time” for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to adapt to the way Martz runs an offense. But “in the long run, the stuff he teaches makes a quarterback better,” Warner said, according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Although the tight end hasn’t always been a big part of Martz’s passing games, Bears incumbent Greg Olsen will have a big role, according to Vaughn McClure and Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Behind-the-scenes drama is always a possibility with Martz, writes Melissa Isaacson of ESPN Chicago.
Green Bay might not be among the teams asking assistant coaches to take a wage reduction in the event of a 2011 lockout, according to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press wonders if the Lions could draft Idaho guard Mike Iupati with the No. 34 overall pick in the 2010 draft.
Martz’s arrival in Chicago means Minnesota will retain quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers, notes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
A special master denied the NFL’s attempt to eliminate its secondary revenue sharing program, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. The league will appeal, but for now, that means Minnesota won’t lose a revenue stream that can top $10 million.