Mike Martz as coach for the St. Louis Rams

Mike Martz turned heads around the NFL world earlier this week when the former coach bashed Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields after the Bears’ 19-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

“You can only go up because you can’t get any worse than what he did today,” Martz said on Fields’ performance via The 33rd Team podcast. “I’m just shocked at the Bears. They went up to take this quarterback, and less than remarkable would be the kindest thing that you could say about him. I don’t know if I have ever seen such a bad performance by a quarterback, he was just completely awful. When you get a quarterback that can’t do anything at all, you kind of lose hope. Right now they are a team with no hope.”

It was a brutal take considering Fields threw for two touchdowns in the win.

On Thursday, however, Martz claimed foul play on the criticism. In an appearance on ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy show, Martz told the hosts that the 33rd Team podcast edited his comments to make them seem like they were about Fields and not 49ers quarterback Trey Lance.

Were Martz’s comments on Fields edited incorrectly? “Yeah, I was talking about Trey Lance. He played so poorly, they couldn’t do anything in the first half. In that game, I thought [Fields] played pretty well.”

You can hear the full comments here:

Unfortunately, as of now, it’s impossible to tell if The 33rd Team doctored the tape or Martz is lying to cover his previous opinion from the blowback.

[Waddle & Silvy]

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