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Mike Martz out as Bears' offensive coordinator



Published: Tue, January 3, 2012 @ 4:51 p.m.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Mike Martz is out after two seasons as the Chicago Bears' offensive coordinator.

The team confirmed today that Martz will not be back. Hours earlier, general manager Jerry Angelo, a Youngstown native, was fired.

The changes come after the Bears finished 8-8 after a collapse marked by season-ending injuries to quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte, along with the arrest of backup receiver Sam Hurd on federal drug charges.

Chicago dropped five in a row after a 7-3 start before closing out the season with a win at Minnesota.

Martz had an expiring contract, and speculation that he might be on his way out mounted as the losses piled up. Quarterbacks coach Shane Day will not be back, either.

"After meeting with Mike this afternoon, we both felt it was best to move in different directions," coach Lovie Smith said in a statement. "I appreciate the job he and Shane did for us over the last two years."


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