Mike Martzs future with the Bears is tenuous at best, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, young player development in some question and offensive inconsistency.
But his boss gave him no vote of confidence Wednesday, reacting angrily to a question of whether Martz would be back next season. The question was perhaps out of place, since formal coach and player evaluations are done after the season, not with a game remaining.
Lovie Smith bristled when asked if he planned on bringing Martz back. What kind of question is that anyway? Smith said, angrily. At this time, what kind of question is that? Why would you ask a question like that anyway?
Martz turned down an offer of a one-year extension without a pay raise early last offseason and he is not expected back for a third season running the Chicago offense.
Ive addressed that already and obviously I sure would like to be back, Martz said. I think all that stuff works out. This is going to be a great football team, and Id like to be a part of it.
Well see how it works out. But well address that when the season is over.
The fact that Martzs return has been addressed, per Martz, but the issue is still obviously a loaded one, is probably the clearest indicator yet.
As the Bears look to acquire a veteran quarterback to push Mitch Trubisky, one name that’s been thrown around is Andy Dalton.
According to The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr., the Bears have “been in touch” with the Bengals regarding a potential Dalton trade.
Dalton comes with a hefty cap hit ($17.5 million) and is only under contract through 2020, but Trubisky being on his rookie deal would help the Bears stomach his salary. The 32-year-old threw for 3,494 yards with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season, sporting 78.3 passer rating.
Adding Dalton would give the Bears insurance in case Trubisky’s 2019 struggles persist next season. Dalton is an established veteran who is familiar with Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. The two worked together from 2016-18, when Lazor was Cincinnati’s quarterbacks coach (2016) and OC (2017-18).
Dehner’s report doesn't offer any specific packages the Bears and Bengals have discussed. However, barring a surprise, Cincinnati will select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow No. 1 overall in the NFL draft in two months. Considering Burrow is set to become the Bengals’ quarterback of the future, trading Dalton will give him the chance to play elsewhere.
The Bears have made it clear Trubisky is entering 2020 as their starter. However, someone like Dalton could usurp him if the former No. 2 overall pick can’t find his footing this season.
NBCS Chicago is celebrating Black History Month with special episodes to discuss the impact of the black athlete in sports. In the final episode of the series, Laurence Holmes is joined by his "Football Aftershow" teammate and former Chicago Bear Alex Brown to discuss, making coaching in the NFL more diverse, is the Rooney Rule helping, and the common practice of moving black quarterbacks to other positions.
(4:20) - Alex Brown on being pushed to not play quarterback in high school
(9:15) - Jalen Hurts asked would he be willing to change positions in the NFL
(17:03) - Alex Brown on playing in a Super Bowl that featured 2 black head coaches
(22:12) - Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy not being mentioned for a head coaching job
(26:00) - Does the Rooney Rule work?
(40:35) - Overcoming unfairness
(44:28) - Watching a NFL where there are successful black quarterbacks
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Under Center Podcast
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