Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/28/11

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 04: Head coach Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears call defensive plays as his team takes on the Detroit Lions on October 4, 2009 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 48-24. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith became testy Wednesday when asked about the future of offensive coordinator Mike Martz.

“What kind of question is that at this time?” Smith said in response to a question of whether Martz will return next season. “What kind of question is that? Why would you ask a question like that anyway?”

Martz is in the final year of his contract. He had turned down a one-year extension in the offseason.

Chicago had won five consecutive games to move to 7-3 when quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a broken thumb on his throwing hand.

Backup Caleb Hanie was woefully ineffective in four starts and was replaced by Josh McCown, who played decently in last week's loss at Green Bay.

It was Chicago's fifth straight defeat and eliminated the club from postseason contention.

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