Mike Martz stung by rumors surrounding his future
Mike Martz says he doesn’t know where rumors surrounding his future have originated from in the last 10 days, but he’s very embarrassed.
The Chicago Bears offensive coordinator seemed genuinely stung on Wednesday when he addressed the most recent speculation. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that Martz, in the final year of his contract, will not return to the team next season. Last week, Martz’s name was linked to openings in the Pac-12 with Arizona State and UCLA, a longshot considering BCS schools would be unlikely to hire a 60-year-old with no previous experience as a college head coach.
“I’m bothered by that,” Martz said of the most recent scuttlebutt. “Obviously, I plan on being back here and want to be here and I am just going to assume it’s all going to work out so that’s unfortunate. That is the only thing I can tell you. It’s just like college jobs and those things, we’re focused on this job and what we’re doing.
“I am very happy here. This is a terrific place and a terrific opportunity for me and I am enjoying it, I really am. So, those things we’ll just kind of disregard if you will.”
It’s very possible the rumors came from Martz’s camp with an eye toward creating a marketplace for him or helping him gain leverage. He is represented by agent Bob LaMonte. I asked Martz specifically if he knows where the rumors have come from.
“I really don’t,” he said. “Unless they would identify who they (talked to). That kind of stuff is always out there as you know. It’s got a source someplace but I am disappointed. I just hope … it’s just unfortunate. I am bothered by that. I really am.”
Martz has gone to Bears coach Lovie Smith to discuss the rumors, which have become a distraction for the organization at a time when the team is scrambling on offense because of injuries to quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte.
“I wanted to find about it,” he said. “I am embarrassed by it and I hope that, anyway, let’s just move on. It’s not good. And it’s not how I think and live my life. Just disappointed.”
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