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Bears Players Excited About Mike Martz

Will the "Greatest Show on Dirt" play well for the tight ends?



    Jay Cutler was "excited" about Mike Martz' offense coming to Chicago -- at least according to the Bears' new offensive coordinator. 

    Cutler is keeping his thoughts to himself, for now, not saying anything publicly about the hiring he had so much to do with.  As for his teammates? Not thinking about all the homework they now have this off season and how much of the phone book, er, playbook of Martz' they'll have to digest by Oat's this spring, most were excited.

    Devin Hester tweeted me "Love it. Big plays here we come!"

    Earl Bennett also responded to my twitter page, "I'm excited to work with Mike Martz.  I think our offense will be high powered, I think this is the beginning of something very special."

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    Devin Hester has high hopes for the Bears' new offensive coordinator and believes the team could be unstoppable.
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    But what about the tight ends?  There are lots of whispers among that group in NFL circles, that Martz ignores the tight end (see Vernon Davis in San Francisco).

    Desmond Clark texted his thoughts, "I'm sure Mike Martz come in with the same goals as the rest of us, win a super bowl. As long as he has those aspiration, then let's play ball. I don't care what he has done in the past, which is impressive, its about mike Martz as a bear. Welcome to town!"

    Clark is a crafty veteran who knows to say the right thing.  Other tight ends like Greg Olsen might be concerned with their job security in Martz' now "Greatest show on dirt!" but former Rams Tight end Ernie Conwell won a Super Bowl with Martz and says tight ends need not worry.

    "Martz does a tremendous job with Tight Ends" Conwell told Waddle & Silvy on ESPNRadio 1000.  "Mike loves to use the TE to dictate to the defense what he wants to do. He can use a guy like Greg's athleticism to move him around, put him in the backfield in the slot, or out wide."  Conwell explained that Martz expects a lot out of everyone on the offense, but mostly depends and trusts his quarterback to find the weakness and exploit it.

    Best news for the Bears may be Conwell's description of Martz uncanny ability to coach every position on offense from the line to quarterback and receivers -- and will be challenged on a daily basis.

    "Mike demands a lot and makes you regurgitate it back on the field... you're always on your toes" even suggesting Martz would add plays on Saturday, typically just a meeting day at the team hotel.

    At this rate, the Bears receivers better get some help from Dex!