In a development speculated over the past several weeks, Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz announced his resignation Tuesday, though in keeping with the trends of the past several seasons, he has required quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte to read the large majority of the previously written resignation speech.

“It is with a heavy heart and an eye to the future, that I announce,” Cutler told reporters while awkwardly reading from a legal notepad, before lateraling the speech to Forte, who finished by saying, “My resignation from the Chicago Bears.”

Martz only spoke a few words at the press conference, which was largely dominated by Cutler and Forte reading large segments of the speech while wide receivers Johnny Knox and Devin Hester stood on the sidelines with Bears special teams coordinator David Toub.

Mike Martz leaves the Bears with what Forte was required to call “a mixed legacy,” having lead the team to the what Cutler asserted was an NFC Championship game in his first year before a disappointing 2011 campaign resulted in the need of a change of scenery.

By Jeff GoodSmith

Jeff GoodSmith