Chicago Bears Fire Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz*

*- This is not a real news story, and the quotes used in the story are not real. It is merely a fictional one written for satirical purposes.

By releasing offensive coordinator Mike Martz from his contract, Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo has sent a clear message about the front office's plans.

You can allow Jay Cutler to get pounded by defensive linemen. You can cut decent tight ends like Greg Olsen to make room in your offense for mediocre wide receivers like Roy Williams.

But when Matt Forte runs for 205 yards on 25 carries, as he did in the Bears' 34-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers, that was the last straw.

With Forte in the final year in his contract and asking for a new, long-term one, Martz has been instructed by Angelo to give Forte a minimal amount of carries.

"We feel that, if Forte gets more than 15 carries a game, he'll be able to upgrade his value," Angelo said, "so we don't want to give him too many chances to make plays. If we limit his carries to 10-15 per game, his free-agent value will be at a price where we would like to sign him."

With Chicago sitting at a 1-2 prior to the game against Carolina, Martz decided to scrap the playbook.

"After the loss to the Green Bay Packers, I got tired of sucking up to the front office," Martz said. "I want to win."

A mere 15 minutes after the end of the Panthers game, Angelo gave Martz his pink slip.

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