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Mike Martz retiring from coaching

Former coordinator Mike Martz had Bears’ offense humming before Jay Cutler got hurt. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

Former coordinator Mike Martz had the Bears’ offense humming before Jay Cutler got hurt. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: January 16, 2012 6:45PM

Former Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz has decided to retire from coaching.

“It’s time,” he told the Sun-Times.

Martz didn’t elaborate on his decision. But he’ll turn 61 in May, and he’s had a full career, one that started at Bullard High School in Fresno, Calif. in 1973. He transitioned to college football, working his way up the ranks, before joining the Los Angeles Rams as the quarterbacks coach in 1992. He was named offensive coordinator in 1999, leading the famed “Greatest Show on Turf” that set several NFL records en route to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV.

He was named head coach of the Rams in 2000, after Dick Vermeil retired, and he led the Rams back to the Super Bowl. But, after a 14-2 season, the Rams were defeated by the New England Patriots, 20-17, in Super Bowl XXXVI.

He was fired in 2005, then became the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions. He also had a run with the San Francisco 49ers before joining the Bears for the 2010 season.

The NFL Network initially reported that Martz had decided to retire.

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