Mike Martz Quit During First Training Camp #StoryTimeWithEarl

In 2010 the hire of Mike Martz sent a message to the offense. The message was loud and clear — we needed to score more points. This hire brought in new coaches and teammates. This hire also saw coaches and teammates fired and traded. 

First impression is everything. Coach Martz going through OTAs and mini camp wasn’t that tough. He seemed very energetic and an optic genius. The way he analyzed the field and critiqued every play was unreal. “The Wizard” was his nickname. There was excitement to get the season started. 

Training camp began with the trade of Greg Olsen. A budding star who everyone loved and knew would be a special player if given the opportunities. But, the first meeting would set the tone for the entire camp and season. No one expect this. NO ONE! 

Coach Martz walked into the meeting room on the first day of training camp. He was met by chortles that echoed throughout the room. He plays a clip and there are still a few laughs. He stops abruptly and says, “I’ve been doing this shit for 30 plus years” and walks out. NEVER returning to the meeting room that day. 

We were all baffled and wondered what was going on. Was this a trick? Would he return tomorrow at least? We all wondered what The Wizard was plotting. Safe to say that he not only set the tone for the training camp, but for the season as well.


Earl B. Bennett

About Earl B. Bennett

Earl B. Bennett is a retired NFL Wide Receiver who played six seasons with the Chicago Bears.