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Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:21 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2012 5:25 pm
Cutler reportedly didn't want Martz back in Chicago. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Mike Martz, the architect of the Greatest Show on Turf with the Rams in the early 2000s, has retired, NFL Network Jason La Canfora reported Monday. Martz served as Dick Vermeil's offensive coordinator when St. Louis won the Super Bowl in 2000, was elevated to head coach from 2000-2005, and spent five of the next six seasons as an offensive coordinator with the Lions (2006-07), 49ers (2008) and Bears (2010-11).

Martz's two-year stint in Chicago was a bumpy one; his offensive philosophy wasn't always shared by franchise quarterback Jay Cutler. And head coach Lovie Smith, who Martz had hired as the Rams defensive coordinator in 2001, was often viewed as Martz's enabler. Smith regularly rebuffed questions about Martz's future.

In late December, with the Bears' playoffs hopes dashed, Smith was asked if Martz, whose contract expires at the end of the 2011 season, would be back in 2012.

“What kind of question is that anyway, at this time?" Smith demanded at the time. "What kind of question is that? Why would you ask a question like that anyway?"

Six days later -- and a day after Smith was noncommittal on Martz's future -- Martz resigned for "philosophical differences." And today he retired from coaching.

The Bears promoted Mike Tice into Martz's old job. Tice had previously served as Chicago's offensive line coach and was the Vikings head coach from 2001-2005. Tice isn't considered the offensive mastermind that Martz was but might be by design. His biggest task should be to a) keep Cutler from taking hits and b) get Matt Forte the ball. You don't have to be a genius to know that. In fact, it probably helps if you aren't.

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:17 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

Many can argue that based on Martz's accomplishments/success the past few years that has already retired. I truly felt that he gave up on coaching when he coached the Lions. No accomplished coach would ever go to a wasteland unless he was really desperate. I was very surprised that the 49ers signed him after he left the Lions.

Martz's downfall is his inability to adapt to the players he is coaching. He expects everyone to have the same skillset as Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, and Isaac Bruce. He had Jay Cutler who couldn't throw long passes when he was playing at Denver. The cold weather in Chicago didn't help. Martz should have done the "run and dump" schemes that the Patriots, Saints and Packers have been so successful with.


Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:09 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

Yea! Said Kurt Warner. 

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:00 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

Ever since Mike Martz' mistreatment of Kurt Warner in St Louis, it's all been downhill for him.  You need a really good offensive line for this system, and a QB who can make accurate throws just before getting creamed, and great speed by the skill positions.  Too rare of a combination to have sustained success.

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:35 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

I actually like the man....With that said I do have a few comments.  He retired because his brand of offense for the most part is dead.  You need Hall of Famers like he had in St Louis for his system to work.  7 step drops are a thing of the past.  Defenses are too quick and sophisticated to allow this type of set up.  Another issue with Martz is this.  How do you not allow a Pro bowl caliber QB like Jay Cutler to not have the ability to audible at the line of scrimmage?  Cutler was the only QB in the NFL who could not audible.  Are you kidding me?  Is this the communist block?  Martz was highly intelligent but offense today has passed him by.  I should say it spoke a different language.  Martz did not change with the new NFL.  As so, he has to retire

Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:21 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

Martz retires from coaching for, I say, 2-3 months until someone throws too much money at him to be the OC.

Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:40 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

Best thing he has done in 10 years is to retire. He rode the "Greatest show on Turf" to get a head coaching job and other jobs after failing as a coach. He is not a genius he was fortunate to have a collection of offensive talent at the high of their career. His never been able to duplicate the success because that's a once every 20-30 years talented group. If he was such a genius his offense would be destroying defenses in this era because is much easier to run an offense now than 10 years ago with all the rules in favor of the passing game.

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:37 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

A class act , I will miss him.

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:34 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

What a shame I really liked Mike Martz. I thought maybe Jeff Fisher was going to use him as the OC or QB coach at least it was rumored that way.
So long Mike and thanks for all the memories. I thought he was a good head coach here in St.Louis. 

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:22 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

You can talk about St.Louis and the talent. In 2007 as Lions offensive coordinator he took a group of stiffs and made the offense work to a record of 7-9. He was fired in the off season and replaced by an awful Jim Colletto who took part in guiding the Lions to an 0-16 record in 2008. That 7-9 team was awful, Martz's system kept them from being significantly worse. I'm not a Martz fan but that 2007 team was really bad, and the 2008 performance shows the wonders he worked in 2007.

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:05 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

The Rams were all about the players. Warner, Faulk, Bruce and Holt etc. That seems pretty clear now. Still you gotta give the man his props, knowing the talent that he had and using it to its max potential. How can you possibly duplicate that collection of talent at all of the skill positions. It was a once in lifetime group. He's earned his rest and plenty of rspect, but know, he was novisionary guru lol.

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