Ditka: Martz should be fine with Bears

Updated: February 4, 2010, 2:21 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Mike Ditka applauded the Chicago Bears' hire of Mike Martz as offensive coordinator, but Ditka said the Bears' work is far from over.

"I don't think there's probably too many better offensive minds than Mike," the former Bears coach said on "Mike & Mike" on ESPN 1000. "I think he'll do a great job.

"I think the main thing you have to understand, when you bring an architect in, do you have the pieces to build the building? It's fine to have the design and the mind and say, 'Here's what we're going to do.' And that's essential, you have to have that, but then you have to have the receivers to go with the quarterback. And I have to have a left tackle to protect the backside of this guy. You have to have all the pieces in place, but yeah, I love what they're doing. I'd like to see them become an offense that can go out and score points."

Ditka didn't foresee any problems in the relationship between Martz and Lovie Smith, who used to be Martz's defensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams. The roles are reversed as Smith is now the boss. Former Rams receiver Ricky Proehl told "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 that Martz will need to check his ego.

"That should never be a problem," said Ditka, who's an ESPN NFL analyst. "I think Mike wants this job, he wants to be the coordinator, I don't think it will be a problem at all.

"I think Lovie knows this is their best chance to expand that offense, and that's the way they're going to go."

And Ditka doesn't expect any problems between Martz and quarterback Jay Cutler. Martz was critical of Cutler's comportment after his four-interception performance in a season-opening loss in Green Bay, and Martz flew to Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday -- before he was hired -- to meet the quarterback.

"There should be no problem working with the quarterback either, because hey gang, the player is the player and the coach is the coach," Ditka said. "And if that ever changes, you got a lot of problems."

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