Judging by the headline, you’d think this is an ad for erectile dysfunction and Mike Martz is the new spokesman. Instead, this is the Mad Genius explaining why he can’t seem to get the plays in to Jay Cutler and the Bears continue to burn timeouts.
Here’s Martz from ESPN Chicago:
“I think we have a little communication problem with some of our stuff from the sideline,” Martz said following Thursday’s practice. “We’ve always had that problem here for some reason. I don’t know why or what it is with some of our … I have the defense on my headset during the game and they were … calling plays. We’re not getting the plays in late. I can promise you that. But there is something going on. We’re working on it. That’s been an issue for two weeks here, so we’ll get it fixed.”
The lack of communication has plagued the Bears both at Soldier Field and on the road, but Martz does not feel moving down to the sidelines would solve the problem.
“It really doesn’t change the hook-up on it,” Martz said. “I still give the play to Shane and he gets it in. I think we’re good there. I think it’s more an issue with the headsets and things more than anything else.
“It’s frustrating for Jay, I know that. A lot of times things will shut out completely and he can’t hear. But we’ll deal with all that stuff. They’ve been pretty good this year for the most part. But up there [in Detroit] we struggled with them a little bit.”
So here’s my question – if this is a headset or equipment problem, doesn’t the opponent use the same system? Why aren’t opposing quarterbacks wasting time outs? I think the only “faulty equipment” is between Martz’s ears.