Believe it or not I have followed the shenanigans of Mr. Martz more than what one would think for a Bears fan. Don't fret though, I still plant my flag firmly in Chicago. No, I have a little brother that is a St. Louis fanatic. Makes for fun times when baseball season rolls around. Also, remember that game in 2006 when Hester returned two kicks on the Rams? *Makes really big grin*
Anyways, I did a little research on our potential OC and here is what I found:
Warner was sacked 114 times in 50 games started With Mike Martz as OC or HC [AVG = 36.48 sacks / 16 GS]
Bulger was sacked 116 times in 44 games started with Mike Martz as HC [AVG = 42.18 sacks / 16 GS]
Kitna was sacked 114 times in 32 games started with Mike Martz as OC [AVG = 57 sacks / 16 GS]
Hill and O'Sullivan were sacked 55 times in 16 games started with Mike Martz as OC [AVG = 55 sacks / 16 GS]
So that leaves us with 399 sacks to Martz quarterbacks in 142 games started
Equals out to an average of 2.81 sacks / game started, or 45 sacks per standard 16 games started a year. I know there are a lot of variables to consider being different teams and all, but humor me.
Now the Bears allowed 35 sacks this year to be ranked 19th in the league in the statistic, in 16 games started for Cutler. If Martz were to live up to his averages as an offensive play caller, that means Cutler could be looking at getting sacked 10 more times than he did this year bringing up roughly 80 sacks in two years. Is that what we want for him?
Again I know the variables aren't considered and you could argue that well, the Lions and Niners had really bad offensive lines. But last I checked we don't have a great offensive line either, and the possibility of ten extra sacks, or more, on top of what we already considered a sack happy season for our QB, frightens me for Cutler's health.