In what has already been an active NFL postseason, Chicago Bears have announced that offensive coordinator Mike Martz will not be returning to the Bears next season, having resigned due to “philosophical differences”. The Bears have also fired general manager Jerry Angelo after 11 seasons. Angelo was named the 8th best general manager in sports in 2007 by Forbes and helped manufacture the Bears team that made it to the Super Bowl in 2006.
Martz, the architect of the high-scoring Rams offenses at the turn of the century, had the Bears offense off to a great start before the loss of starting running back Matt Forte and QB Jay Cutler. Martz resigns after just one season with Chicago.
The Bears received some negative press of late, most specifically from wide receiver turned “drug lord” Sam Hurd, who was arrested after attempting to negotiate a huge drug buy from an undercover agent. The Bears finished the season with an 8-8 record, missing the playoffs for the fourth time in the last 5 seasons.