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Report says Martz is retiring

There might not have been many options out there for him, but either way Mike Martz says he is done coaching.

The former Bears offensive coordinator told Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network he is retiring after 19 seasons of coaching in the NFL. Martz spent the last two seasons with the Bears and previously was the head coach of the Rams for five seasons.

The Bears were up and down during Martz's two seasons, and the rocky ride was the primary reason he and coach Lovie Smith cited a mutual decision in Martz's departure after the Bears finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs.

Martz turned down a one-year contract extension last offseason and made it clear as the season wore on he hoped to return to the Bears. But reports linked Martz, 60, to openings at Arizona State and UCLA. A source told the Tribune he also inquired about the Hawaii job.

After the NFL season ended, Martz's name popped up as a possible candidate to replace Raheem Morris as the head coach of the Buccaneers. Nothing materialized. He was mentioned as a possible offensive coordinator for the Falcons. Again, nothing materialized.

The Bears replaced Martz with offensive line coach Mike Tice. The team is seeking to hire a passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach as well as a new line coach.

Martz will best be remembered for the "Greatest Show on Turf," the record-setting offense he directed with the Rams. He won a Super Bowl ring in St. Louis as an offensive coordinator on Dick Vermeil's staff and then reached Super Bowl XXXVI as the head coach, where his team was upset by Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Martz began his coaching career in 1974 at San Diego Mesa Community College and worked in the college ranks through 1991.

Martz worked as an analyst for NFL Network in 2009 before joining the Bears.