The Bears Beat (12.28.11): Martz, Smith respond to questions about offensive coordinator’s future

December 28th, 2011 - 5:50 pm

Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz and head coach Lovie Smith both responded in different fashion to questions concerning Martz’s future with the team when his contract runs out after this season. Brian Urlacher sat out practice with a knee injury. Wide receiver Roy Williams hopes to be back with the Bears next year, noting that he believes he made enough plays. And the Bears re-signed guard Edwin Williams to a two-year contract extension.

G/C Edwin Williams Inks Two Year Contract Extension
Wed Dec 28 17:26:56 2011
G/C Edwin Williams Inks Two Year Contract Extension So that’s an interior lineman all set for the next two seasons. What say …

Urlacher sits out practice while nursing knee injury
Wed Dec 28 16:28:00 2011
Linebacker Brian Urlacher sat out practice Wednesday while nursing a knee injury suffered during last Sunday’s loss to the …

Smith snaps at question about Martz’s future
Wed Dec 28 16:07:00 2011
Bears coach Lovie Smith became instantly irritated Wednesday when asked if Mike Martz will return as his offensive coordinator …

Mike Martz: “Sure, I would like to be back”
Wed Dec 28 16:05:49 2011
While Mike Martz said he wanted to return, Bears coach Lovie Smith was outraged when asked if he planned to bring back his …

Packers’ Pickett returns from concussion
Wed Dec 28 16:02:09 2011
Ryan Pickett understands why the Green Bay Packers kept him off the field for two weeks. That didn’t make the waiting …

Packers’ Pickett returns from concussion (PA SportsTicker)
Wed Dec 28 16:01:31 2011
By CHRIS JENKINS AP Sports Writer

Spaeth will feel at home on the road
Wed Dec 28 15:53:00 2011
Tight end Matt Spaeth is looking forward to returning home. But the Minnesota native is even more eager to try to help the …

Week 17 NFL Power Rankings, Chicago Bears Edition
Wed Dec 28 15:05:34 2011
Here are the Week 17 Bears power rankings from various sites around the web: Site This Week/Last Week Analysis ESPN 22 …

Ugh, You Again: Week 17, Minnesota Vikings
Wed Dec 28 15:00:41 2011
So the season will end this week against the Minnesota Vikings. What could have been a victory lap for the Bears …

Eye on Photos, Week 15: All about the upset
Wed Dec 28 14:42:02 2011
Eye on Photos, Week 15: All about the upset

Hutchinson out but Vikings aim for Herrera (The Canadian Press)
Wed Dec 28 14:29:02 2011
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Two Minnesota Vikings starters have been cleared to play in the season finale after passing their …

Roy Williams hopes to re-sign with Bears
Wed Dec 28 14:12:23 2011
Roy Williams figures the Chicago Bears are in for some changes. He hopes he’s part of their plan. Williams says he would ”be …

Fletcher disappointed about no Pro Bowl
Wed Dec 28 14:10:11 2011
London Fletcher might no longer be the NFL’s Susan Lucci, having gone to the Pro Bowl as an alternate the past two years.

Fletcher disappointed about no Pro Bowl (PA SportsTicker)
Wed Dec 28 14:10:10 2011
London Fletcher might no longer be the NFL’s Susan Lucci, having gone to the Pro Bowl as an alternate the past two years.

Charles Tillman thankful for first Pro Bowl selection
Wed Dec 28 13:52:34 2011
Bears cornerback Charles Tillman impressed his in-laws, when he learned that he had made his first Pro Bowl Tuesday. “It was a …

Williams hopes to be back with Bears
Wed Dec 28 13:40:19 2011
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears receiver Roy Williams expects detractors to focus on the negative, but the veteran also …

Bears RB Forte could play in first Pro Bowl despite knee injury
Wed Dec 28 13:21:00 2011
A trip to season-ending injured reserve won’t necessarily cost Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte the chance to play in his …

Well, there went the post-season: the best of the Bears’ loss to the Packers in-game thread
Wed Dec 28 13:00:17 2011
Well, what’s there to say? The non-NFL-following girlfriend surprised me with a Bears mug for Xmas, though, so …

Eye on Football NFL Awards: Week 16
Wed Dec 28 12:34:02 2011
Eye on Football NFL Awards: Week 16

Ponder expected to start for Vikings
Wed Dec 28 12:09:41 2011
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Christian Ponder has passed all of his concussion tests and is expected to start at quarterback for the …

McCown trying best not to look ahead
Wed Dec 28 12:05:55 2011
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Six stops over nine seasons in the NFL and a stint in the United Football League instilled a perspective …

Angelo wants to see more from McCown
Wed Dec 28 11:56:00 2011
ChicagoBears.com senior writer Larry Mayer speaks with general manager Jerry Angelo about the most pressing issues involving …

Pats, 49ers lead Pro Bowlers
Wed Dec 28 11:25:10 2011
New England, San Francisco have eight representatives each NEW YORK (AP) – The usual names – Tom Brady, Ray Lewis, …

You want to see Enderle? Too bad
Wed Dec 28 09:11:00 2011
Fans want to see Chicago’s fifth-round draft pick, Nathan Enderle, on the field. Yet, despite the lost season, the Bears have …

Chicago Bears Hester and Peppers Among 2012 Pro Bowl Snubs
Wed Dec 28 04:51:31 2011
Two Chicago Bears accustomed to taking trips to Hawaii will not be going in 2012, at least not based on the voters.  While five …

Roy Williams hopes to re-sign with Bears
Wed Dec 28 02:12:28 2011
LAKE FOREST, Ill.- Roy Williams figures the Chicago Bears are in for some changes. He hopes he’s part of their plan.

Bears’ disorder of events
Wed Dec 28 02:09:55 2011
‘‘It’s been a tough year.’’ Israel Idonije’s lament …

Reader Q&A: Dan Pompei’s Bears mailbag
Wed Dec 28 02:00:00 2011
The Tribune’s Bears columnist fields questions on free agency, Kahlil Bell, Josh McCown, Henry Melton and more in his weekly …

First Timers Forte, Tillman and Graham Among 5 Bears Pro Bowlers
Wed Dec 28 00:41:05 2011
Charles Tillman and Corey Graham will be making their first Pro Bowl appearances. Matt Forte’s season officially ended on …

Milestones within reach for Bears
Wed Dec 28 00:13:00 2011
Perhaps it’s unfair to describe the Bears’ regular-season finale as meaningless.

Tillman earns 1st Pro Bowl berth
Wed Dec 28 00:07:00 2011
CHICAGO – Charles Tillman finally can try to force a fumble in the Pro Bowl.