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He fired back, "What kind of question is that anyway? At this time, what kind of question is that? Why would you ask a question like that anyway?"
He was also noncommittal when asked about his coordinator's status on Monday.
Martz, who hired Smith as his defensive coordinator when he was the coach in St. Louis, said he would like to be back, but that's not happening. Now, Smith is looking for his fourth offensive coordinator as he prepares for his ninth season.
Offensive line coach Mike Tice might be first in line for an interview even though he has never been an offensive coordinator. He was heavily involved with the offense as the Minnesota Vikings' head coach for four seasons.
Martz, the mastermind of "The Greatest Show On Turf" as offensive coordinator and head coach of the Rams, was viewed by many as an odd fit for Chicago, someone who tried to force his system on a team that simply didn't have players such as Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt and Orlando Pace.
In Chicago, he left himself open to second-guessing at times, whether he was calling a failed end-around for Earl Bennett in the NFC championship game last year against Green Bay or having Hanie attempt a throwback screen that got intercepted in his first start against Oakland.
The biggest point of contention was his reliance on deep drops in the early going each of the past two years, leaving Cutler to take a big beating. The Bears turned it around when they committed more to the run and allowed Cutler to move around and get rid of the ball quicker. Chicago won five straight before the big collapse and averaged about 32 points during that stretch, with Cutler leading the way.
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