We are inching closer and closer to the start of training camp, which means we can finally get back to normalcy and lessen our focus on frivolous things like making fun of JWebb Nation (and instead make fun of JWebb the tackle) and finally start to see how the offense
adjusts explodes under new OC Mike Tice. But while we're still in a holding pattern on unveiling the Tet Tice offensive, I thought it would be fun to look back at our community's reaction to the hiring of Mad Mike Martz, the man whom Tice replaced this offseason. Hit the jump to check your kool-aid level circa 2010.
In case you need a refresher, the Bears were looking for a replacement for Ron "fullback dive" Turner, and the exhaustive search left a laundry list of candidates that either declined the job or just weren't interested (including current QB coach Jeremy Bates, Vikings QB coach Kevin Rogers, the Bengals' Ken Zampese and the Chargers' Rod Chudzinski). It took the Bears until February 1st to hire Martz, who was coming off two-year showings as offensive coordinator for the Lions (2006-07) and 49ers (2008-09).
Part of the fun of this exercise is looking at our community's feelings about a potential Martz hire before he joined the Bears and the hopeful wishes expressed after the hire that things would work out (FYI: they didn't). The first batch of comments I looked at was from a November 2009 article by Mr. Noble, wondering if Martz could get the job. LostinStl kicked it off in epic fashion:
keep Martz away from Chicago at all costs! He is a team cancer on the order of TO. Look what he left in Detroit, STL, and SF. All 3 of those teams are still trying to recover from his "help" on offense. He would ruin Cutler and leave town. His offensive schemes have already been figured out and it would be like trying to resurrect the Tampa2 in Chicago.