Mike Martz open to being head coach
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz thought at one point he "might be done" as a head coach in the NFL.
Now that the Bears are rolling toward the playoffs with the offense making strides behind the improvement of quarterback Jay Cutler, Martz was asked if he'd like to be a head coach again.
"Sure, if the opportunity were to come up again, who knows?" Martz said Wednesday. "Shoot, I'm 59 years old. I'm very happy with what I'm doing right now, and if that's it for me, I'd be the happiest guy in the world, too."
A former head coach of the St. Louis Rams (2000-2005), Martz took on roles as offensive coordinator in Detroit (2006-2007), and San Francisco (2008), before sitting out the entire 2009 season. During the brief hiatus from the NFL, Martz said he was "enjoying the TV thing a little bit," but he couldn't resist when Bears coach Lovie Smith came calling.
Smith worked under Martz in St. Louis as an assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. Interestingly, Martz worked as offensive coordinator under Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli in Detroit.
"It was a great opportunity to get together with Lovie and Rod, and people that you care about and respect," Martz said. "I was excited about coaching again."
Martz doesn't know whether he prefers his current gig as offensive coordinator over the wide-ranging responsibilities of serving as a head coach.
"That's a hard question," Martz said. "More than anything, it's who you're with, the people you're with, and that you enjoy what you're doing. This is a special situation for me. Obviously, I know Lovie and Rod, and know I know these [other] coaches, too. I think when you're really happy in the job that you do -- whether you're a head coach or coordinator -- I really like being a coordinator, because you're hands on and involved with football. I really like that part of it, and enjoy it. I think that's probably where I am."
Michael C. Wright and Jeff Dickerson cover the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.