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Bears Tue Jan 05 2010

Bears Commence House Cleaning: Turner Gets Pink Slip

Ron Turner's tenure as Chicago Bears offensive coordinator has come to a quiet and whimpering end. Turner, who had been the OC for the past five years, had been on the hot seat all season as the Bears offense continued to stall and Jay Cutler's debut season as the Bears signal caller was blemished with dropped passes, interceptions, sacks and generally "uninspired" and "lacking" play calling. Further compounding the issue of Turner's job security was the icy relationship that Cutler and he shared, in addition to the dismal performance of the Bears running game. The search is on for a replacement and a name sure to be at the top of the list is one: Mike Martz, a smart and innovative offensive coach who has floundered when burdened with head coaching duties.

In another not-so-surprising move out of Halas Hall, Lovie Smith, the Bears embattled head coach, has been assured of at least one more season as Chicago's main man. More and more scuttlebutts are leaking about Lovie being asked to cede his position as defensive coordinator and signs are pointing to Rod Marinelli as a potential full time d-coordinator.

In a mildly surprising move, the Bears did can tight ends coach, Rob Boras. Boras, who had coached ends Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark to a combined 95 receptions in 2008, a team record at the position.

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