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Martz NFC Championship Playcall #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett There are some plays I love to revisit. On the other hand there are some I prefer not to remember. Thinking about the NFC Championship loss haunts me every time I think about football. Then, there is always the fan who asks, “Why did Mike Martz give you the reverse on 3rd down?” It makes me cringe. I am not known for my speed. I’m known as an intellectual football player who played with a high IQ. I am not a burner. That has never been my thing. However, I displayed toughness breaking tackles and making something out of nothing. On 3rd and three, on GB 27-yard …
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Mental Gymnastics #StoryTimeWithCalebHanie

By Caleb Hanie “Mental Gymnastics”…ever heard of it? Yeah, I hadn’t either until my third year in the NFL. Mike Martz brought the term to my attention when he became the offensive coordinator for the Bears that year. You see my first 2 years in the NFL were spent learning from Ron Turner and our QB coach Pep Hamilton. I had never had trouble picking up a playbook and quickly learning it. In Ron’s system, it was no different. Ron’s system was a “concept”-based system. Not sure if that is the official term, or what I just call it. This system is one in which plays are taught as a concept and usually labeled with one …
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Cutler Fed Up With Mike Martz #StoryTimeWithEarl

By Earl Bennett An undeniable truth within the Chicago organization was that Mike Martz was a prick. You all are welcome. For every coach, player and front office member who wanted to say it, I spoke on your behalf. In 2011 against the Vikings, Jay Cutler said to Martz what we all wanted to say.  Everyone in the organization knew Martz came to the Bears with an ego bigger than the Titanic. So postgame, hearing Jay scream “Tell Mike I said Fuck Him” brought joy to some. It was well overdue. Martz came in with the mentality of a head coach. He seriously thought he was the captain of the …
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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 …
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Bounty-Gate Victim #StoryTimeWithEarl

Playing football is a brutal sport. There is no doubt about it. That’s what makes it football. The gridiron, where warriors done equipment to battle out for who’s the best. Unfortunately, injuries happen frequently. A brutal injury I faced happened week two against the New Orleans Saints in 2011. QB #1 would always tell me to be careful, because how I played the game made me a target. I never thought twice about that comment until after the play that could have possibly cost me my life.  The second drive of the game we began to click. RB #1 had a 42-yard run that would put us in excellent field position. Four plays later we align for a passing play. I scout …
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Hurd Away #StoryTimeWithEarl

Before December 15, 2011, I was always greeted by a jovial WR #4 on my entrance into the locker room. On this particular day, he was not there. The warm and charming smile that radiated in the morning was nowhere to be found. The receiver group bounced around the facility in hopes of finding him to defer any fines he would receive for missing meetings. We checked the hot tub, swimming pool, the field and even the bathrooms. Still, we could not locate WR #4 so we proceeded to the team meeting room.  During the team meeting, Coach Lovie Smith did not address the situation. But, when we split into …
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When a Silent Coach Speaks #StoryTimeWithEarl

Lovie Smith is known for his calm demeanor. His bright smile and nomad beard highlight his facial features. These traits can be misleading — the warm and charming smile with a smooth and swift head nod to avoid any conversation. But, after one particular game Coach, Smith asked to speak with me.  After watching the NFC Championship Game limp off the field and a 300-pound sumo dancing defensive tackle in the end zone to close out the 2010-11 NFL season. There were high expectations for the 2011-12 NFL Season. The offense and defense were returning starters, and this was the second season for Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz. Spirits were high …
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