Mike Martzs departure from Halas Hall last week also was his de-facto exit from coaching football as the veteran mentor is retiring at age 61.

Martz told Jason LaCanfora at NFL.com, who first reported that he is retiring from coaching, which closes out one of the more colorful coaching careers in the past decade-plus. He finished his run with a run to the 2010 NFC Championship with the Bears and Jay Cutler before the 2011 season collapsed under injuries to Cutler and others, leading to changes within the organization.

As offensive coordinator for coach Dick Vermeil, Martz was credited with the schemes that propelled the St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl win with his Greatest Show on Turf behind quarterback Kurt Warner, running back Marshall Faulk and receivers Isaac Bruce and Tory Holt.

He went on to succeed Vermeil, hired Lovie Smith as his defensive coordinator, and got the Rams to the 2002 Super Bowl where they lost to the New England Patriots. Martz stayed with the Rams until 2005, went on to serve as offensive coordinator with the Detroit Lions under Rod Marinelli, the San Francisco 49ers under Mike Singletary and the Bears under Smith.

He served as a studio commentator during the 2009 season before returning to run the Bears offense.

Mike Tice was promoted to succeed Martz and the Bears are in the process of a search for a passing-game coordinator and quarterbacks coach.