Originally posted by GEEK:
If Lovie Smith retains the HC gig, this would be the nail in the coffin for him as it was with Mike Nolan.
- What happens to Matt Forte? (Frank Gore)
- What happens to Greg Olsen? (Vernon Davis)
- What happens to their O-line? (49ers O-line)
- Are their WRs effective in this scheme? (Battle? Morgan? Hill?)
I think too many overthink Mike Martz's offense. Marshall Faulk posted his career numbers under MM and Forte (like Gore and Kevin Jones have) has shown he is a pretty good receiver out of the backfield and can make plays when used like that. As far as running the ball the Bears need to continue to build the trenches on offense to be able to run and give Cutler time especially since MM's O relies on a lot of 5 and 7 step drops.
As of right now at OT they may be OK with Chris Williams and Kevin Shaffer (and possibly Pace if he comes back for more). It's the interior that will need to be worked on. Martz would be wise to find a very good line coach to get the most out of his OL so they can buy Cutler and the WR's time to make things happen downfield.
As for Olsen he can still get his catches and a good OC will find ways to get his best players involved. Desmond Clark may be the one on the outside looking in here. VD would have probably been more effective under Martz had he not been so me first team second at that time. He was also needed to help block in the passing game to allow the QB to have time because our lone could not pass block.
WR is a spot where they need at least one player.....someone who could be a true #1. Hester and Knox could really thrive in MM's offense.
If Lovie retains then it's a make or break year for him (although some blame has to be put on Jerry Angelo as he gave up a lot for Cutler and hurt the teams chances to improve by basically trading away their entire day 1 for the 2009 and 2010 drafts). So why not go with an OC who has a good track record of being able to gain a ton of yards and put up points. He also is good with QB's and can possibly help Cutler improve on his game.
I think it's a risky move but the reward is worth it.