Multiple sources have sighted that offensive coordinator Mike Martz, after two tumultuous seasons with the Chicago Bears, has resigned. The sources sight "philosophical differences."
Martz's contract was up on Feb. 1, so the "resign" designation is more of a formality. It had been rumored for months now of his imminent departure, and Bear Report confirmed it weeks ago. The day appears to have finally come.
Another casualty is quarterbacks coach Shane Day, who was also released. Day was brought in by Martz in 2009. Both Martz and Day were seen driving away from Halas Hall just a short time ago.
The Bears official statement:
"The following coaches will not return to the Chicago Bears staff for the 2012 season: Offensive coordinator Mike Martz and quarterbacks coach Shane Day."
The Bears have said head coach Lovie Smith's job is safe. He has total control over his coaching staff, so these were decision he initiated.
"After meeting with Mike this afternoon, we both felt it was best to move in different directions," Smith said. "I appreciate the job he and Shane did for us over the last two years."
Bears president Ted Phillips and chairman George McCaskey will hold a press conference from Halas Hall this afternoon at 4 p.m.
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