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  1. Encore

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    The on-and-off marriage of the Detroit Lions and Mike Martz is back on again, as the team on Wednesday afternoon announced that it has hired the former St. Louis Rams head coach as its offensive coordinator.

    Unable to reach terms on a contract agreement, Martz last Thursday had backed out of a verbal commitment to become offensive coordinator on the staff being assembled by new Detroit Lions coach Rod Marinelli. was one of the media outlets that reported last Wednesday that Martz had agreed to become the offensive coordinator for Marinelli, a job for which he interviewed on Tuesday, but that there remained a fairly significant caveat, since the two sides had not negotiated a contract.

    But apparently, whatever hurdles existed last week were navigated, and Martz agreed to come aboard and preside over an offense sorely in need of his expertise.

    Contract details on what is believed to be either a two- or three-year deal were not yet available. Last week, the Lions were believed to be offering a three-year contract worth about $2.7 million, with a $700,000 salary for 2006.

    Martz and the Rams had reached a settlement on the one-year, $3.25 million remaining on his contract. Because the Rams essentially dismissed Martz "with cause," he likely received, in the settlement, only about half the salary due him.

    Appearing at a Wednesday afternoon press session at the primary hotel for the Super Bowl last week, Marinelli termed the parties "close" to a deal. "We still have plenty of talking and working through some things to do," Marinelli said. But by the next morning, it was obvious the deal was unraveling. There were then rumors the last two days that the two sides had re-opened negotiatins.

    Martz, 54, missed the final 11 games of the 2005 season as he recovered from endocarditis, a bacterial infection of a heart valve. He was cleared by specialists treating his heart condition to return to work on Jan. 1. He recently interviewed for the Oakland Raiders head coach vacancy, but then withdrew his name from consideration.

    It was clear from his remarks last week, however, that Marinelli wanted Martz on his staff and that, as a first-year coach, he had absolutely no reservations or insecurities about having a more experienced head coach on board.

    "That man knows how to win and how to move the football," Marinelli said at the time. "I like him and I would love to have him."

    In each of his full seasons in St. Louis, the Martz-designed offense ranked among the top 10 in the NFL and twice rated No. 1 overall.

    Even for the innovative Martz, reviving the moribund Lions offense might be a challenge, given the unit's recent history. The Lions have not finished in the top half of the NFL's offensive standings since 1998, and were 20th in 2005. Also, the quarterback situation remains unsettled, as is the future of former first-rounder Joey Harrington.

    Not counting the 11 games he missed last season, during which Joe Vitt served as interim head coach, Martz compiled a 56-36 record with the Rams. He led St. Louis to four playoff appearances, two division titles and a Super Bowl XXXVI berth. In his five full seasons in St. Louis, the Martz-designed offense statistically ranked in the top 10 every year, and was No. 1 in 2000 and 2001.

    Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for
  2. jksmith269

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    I really don't think this will last after all the comments that came out in the past weak. That said I expect the Lions O to be a lot more explosive.

    Martz and Lions overcome snag, reach deal wire reports

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (Feb. 8, 2006) -- The Detroit Lions hired Mike Martz after all.

    The former Rams coach became Lions offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Feb. 8, a week after he turned down the job for financial reasons.

    Martz interviewed with new coach Rod Marinelli and team president Matt Millen nine days ago, but said Feb. 2 he wasn't taking the job because, "It just didn't work out with the money."

    Contract terms weren't disclosed.

    The Rams fired Martz on Jan. 2, the day after St. Louis finished 6-10. He sat out the last 11 games recovering from endocarditis, a bacterial infection of a heart valve, but has been cleared to return to coaching.

    Martz led St. Louis to the playoffs in four of his five full seasons, including a Super Bowl after the 2001 season, and helped the franchise win the 2000 Super Bowl as offensive coordinator. The Rams went 51-29 in the regular season and 54-33 overall during his five full seasons as head coach.

    St. Louis ranked among the NFL's top 10 teams in total offense in six of the last seven years, ranking first from 1999-2001. The Rams' passing offense hasn't ranked below fifth in the league since 1999, and was also first from 1999-2001.

    The 54-year-old Martz also interviewed for head coaching openings in New Orleans and Oakland.

    His first NFL job was with the Los Angeles Rams as an offensive assistant in 1992-93 and was quarterbacks coach in 1994. He was wide receivers coach in 1995-96 after the franchise moved to St. Louis, and was quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins in 1997-98.
  3. warren smith

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    Mike Martz would have been a great addition to our staff as OC with his passing attack. I think teams worked very hard to decipher his passing schemes, and when the Rams were on fire they lit up the board. He's lucky to get away from that fruitcake owner "Madame Ram" Georgia Frontiere, and her hatchet man John Shaw. The things they did to screw their players on their contracts are sad stories indeed. These fools were despised in Los Angeles, and were lucky to get Vermiel and Martz. Too bad old man Rosenbloom died suddenly and she got the team. But, that's right, she's laughing all the way to the bank.
  4. maxsports

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    Martz and the Detroit Lions do not scare me on the least bit.
  5. baj1dallas

    baj1dallas New Member

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    Typical Lions ****show. No sense worrying about the past though. I think he could definitely design a system that will work for the Lions personnel but I don't expect him to be around a real long time either.
  6. Seven

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    This is very interesting. I wonder how long it will last.
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  9. jksmith269

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  10. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    It should be interesting to watch. Roy Williams, Mike Williams and Charles Rodgers are different type receivers than Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt. The Rams' guys are smaller, quicker type players.

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