Twenty-four days after the Chicago Bears ushered offensive coordinator Ron Turner and others out the door at Halas Hall, Mike Martz walked into the building.
The former coach of the St. Louis Rams has arrived for an interview with Lovie Smith, who he gave his big break as the defensive coordinator in St. Louis in 2001.
Smith wanted to familiarize himself with candidates he didn’t know as well in the protracted process before meeting with someone he knew well. The Bears have interviewed just three people for the job, including Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers on Thursday. They also met with Cincinnati quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese, who is no longer in consideration, and San Diego assistant head coach Rob Chudzinski, who backed out. The Bears tried and failed to land interviews with Jeremy Bates and Hue Jackson, and Pitt offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti has made it clear he’s not interested.
Martz directed the Greatest Show on Turf in St. Louis, but the Bears want to be able to run the ball successfully. Still, with Jay Cutler on board, they need to build their offense around a passing attack. Martz told a league source during the season that he would covet the job if if became available and said he would “love” to work with Cutler.
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