Sunday appears to have come and went with no new news on the Bears’ continued quest to find a replacement for offensive coordinator Ron Turner.
Sources said Vikings quarterbacks’ coach Kevin Rogers impressed many at Halas Hall when he interviewed with Bears coach Lovie Smith and met with other coaches and front-office personnel Thursday. On Friday, Mike Martz interviewed with Smith and on Saturday flew to Jay Cutler’s offseason home in Nashville, Tenn., to meet with the Bears quarterback.
“Of all the quarterbacks I’ve seen Jay hates throwing the ball away more than anybody,” NFL Network analyst Joe Theisman said. “He needs to learn that not every throw needs to be a touchdown. During a point in the season he seemed determined not to throw to anybody but Greg Olsen. He has to get over the periods where he doesn’t care and throws it in there.”
Smith and general manager Jerry Angelo are believed to want to bring what has been a long and drawn-out process to a close sooner rather than later, but multiple sources said they heard nothing from the team’s two decision makers on Sunday, although Martz and Rogers remain the front-runners.
It’s possible — again, according to sources — that there could be some disagreement — however strong or mild — between Smith and Angelo as to the best way to proceed.
Sources have said that Martz has been Smith’s top choice from the beginning. The two worked together before, with Smith serving as Martz’s defensive coordinator in St. Louis from 2001-03.
Angelo said during the press conference announcing that Turner and several of his assistants had been dismissed that Smith would ultimately be responsible for filling the vacancies, but it’s also likely that Angelo will have some input in the matter, even if Smith has been given the authority to make the final decision.