Martz has Bears offence humming

MIKE RUTSEY, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:21 PM ET

Lovie Smith may be the Bears head coach but the guy feeling the most love in Chicago these days is offensive co-ordinator Mike Martz.

Creator of the Greatest Show On Turf in his hey-day as the head coach of the Super Bowl winning St. Louis Rams, Martz is now in charge of the Bears offence and two games into the 2010 season it has been hitting on all cylinders.

A year ago, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had to be ranked among the NFL’s biggest disappointments in 2009 but this season he has looked like the high-potential, strong-armed QB the Bears thought they had traded for.

After two games the Bears have totalled 771 yards in offence, which places them fifth best in the league.

The reason for the offensive glitz and Cutler’s renaissance? Martz.

“I think everyone wholeheartedly 100% bought in months ago,” tight end Greg Olsen said of Martz and his offensive schemes. “I think when (Martz) got here and implemented this offence in the off-season. I think guys right away said, ‘Wow, there’s a lot going on here.’ There’s so many opportunities that he’s going to put us in to be successful, and across the board, for all positions, everybody included.

“As we went through, there were stages, the off-season, the OTAs and stuff was kind of just a building block and then training camp and the preseason and now we’re in the first part of the regular season so we have to continue to build each week. We got better from Week 1 to Week 2, now we have to get better and build upon Week 2 and that’s kind of our process through the whole season is to continue to get better as the season progresses.”

So far the Bears are averaging 14.8 yards per reception and have five receivers averaging more than 14 yards per catch.

Martz is putting Cutler in a position where he can succeed and his confidence is soaring along with all the hopes of Bears fans.


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