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Martz Savors Chance With Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Out of coaching and pushing 60, Mike Martz was wondering if he'd get another chance when the Chicago Bears plucked him away from his TV job and hired him as their offensive coordinator last winter.

The move raised plenty of eyebrows, and even Martz had his doubts.

Now, the Bears have captured the NFC North and are headed back to the playoffs for the first time in four years. It's been a dramatic turnaround for the franchise -- and for Martz, too, even if he insists he wasn't necessarily looking to reinvent himself.

He was simply "excited about coaching again" after thinking at one point he might be done.

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