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All of our Bears sources agree on one thing regarding the hiring of Mike Martz as the team's new offensive coordinator: It's a move that will either end up being a real stroke of genius or an unmitigated disaster — with no in-between. "That's exactly the way it looks," said one Bears insider following the team's high-risk/high-reward decision to hook up with an offensive mastermind with a well-documented history of offending his fellow workers. "But I truly believe that he (Martz) realizes that this is his last real shot. Let's face it. There was nobody beating down the door to hire him. I think he feels he can't screw up with a Pro Bowl quarterback (Jay Cutler) to work with." With that realization in mind, there is also a feeling at Halas Hall that Martz will be more flexible philosophically than he has been in the past, and that the running game, which will be greatly influenced by another new guy named Mike (new O-line coach Mike Tice), will be a much bigger part of the offensive equation than one might suspect.
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