Bears head coach Lovie Smith isn’t taking any more chances when it comes to reining in offensive coordinator Mike Martz, as evidenced by the short leash and harness Martz will be forced to wear from now on.

“Anytime I see him calling too many crazy pass plays, I can just tug him over to me and smack him,” said Smith. “If it works for wild kids, maybe it will work for Mike. We had to do something.”

The leash has been modified to only extend six feet, less than half of most models available at stores.

“Twelve feet … that’s pretty far,” said Smith. “By the time I got to him, Mike could have caused three more sacks.”

If the leash is successful, the Bears are considering a gag for GM Jerry Angelo to wear on draft day.

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