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Credit: AP

Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, right, consoles Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers after the Bears' 20-17 win in an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

by Steve Savard

KMOV.com

Posted on September 28, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 28 at 5:11 PM

(KMOV)-- The Rams are a game ahead of the 49ers after three weeks. Raise your hand if you predicted that. Yeah, right. And the Bears are the only unbeaten team left in the NFC? Call yourself Nostradamus if you predicted that. Both developments thrill me: the Rams-49ers situation for obvious reasons. But, I'm also rooting for Lovie Smith to make it in Chicago. He's a class act.
 
Oh, and I happen to think the NFL is a more colorful and interesting place with Mike Martz in it. This Martz isn't the old Martz. This Martz is doing everything he can to avoid the spotlight and keep the focus on the field. But, that Martz, the focused Martz, is the really dangerous Martz.
 
I'm not writing anything here I didn't tell Mike himself years ago. We had a great relationship and I was given access to see the football acumen up close. Torry Holt,  Isaac Bruce, Marshall Faulk, and Kurt Warner saw it, too. They lived it. I'm sure they told him what I did one time a few years ago--that nobody is better at producing yards, points and wins when focused solely on football. No point in re-telling the old story of what went wrong. But the point is, a focused Mike Martz is a great offensive mind.  The Greatest Show on Turf ran up numbers that won't be duplicated in this era or the next.
 
The bottom could still fall out in the Windy City. I do think the Packers will win that division. But the Bears have the look of a legit playoff contender again. And Jay Cutler's play is a big reason for that. He's the latest in a long line of quarterbacks to play their best football under the tutelage of Martz. The list reads: Warner, Bulger, Kitna, Hill and now Cutler. And Cutler is the only high draft choice in the group.
 
Mike Singletary couldn't wait to fire Martz after he took over for Mike Nolan in San Francisco. He just fired the guy he chose to replace Martz. They have a quarterback with all the tools for success but he doesn't have a mentor or an offensive scheme that can take advantage of those assets.
 
I'm happy that Martz is back in the NFL. I'm even happier that he's helping Lovie Smith and not Mike Singletary.

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