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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: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:00 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

Kurt Warner made Martz a star...later everyone realized it was undeserved.  

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:51 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

Martz deserves to retire, he has demonstarted over the last 10 yrs since the "Greatest Show on Erath" took place that he was never head coaching material and he never knew how to evaulate the talent.  Management got him the talent to work with. Yes I grant you that he was an Offensive Coach with good ideas but his ego got the best of him. He let Warner get away when he was at St. Louis and look at what Warner accomplished in Arizona...only take the tot he Super Bowl, insead he went with Bulger and had limited success but he never again excelled as when Vermeil was Head Coach and then somehow got Vermeil to retire so he could become head coach. He never seemed to adapt to various schemes and when the rest of league caught onto his x & o's he failed.  So to say, I was never a fan of his and will never be.  He was egotiscal, pig headed and thought too much of good riddance.  I think his reputation preceded him and somehow some NFL Coaches let that overwhelme them, but seriously, what successes did the teams have as him bein an OC. Look at Detroit after he left do, look at what the Baers did or should I say underachieve...... again good riddance, no tears will be shedded here...

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:42 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

Was he really ever that good? When Dick Vermeil left that team went downhill in a hurry. I think Martz got way too much credit instead of a head coach that has taken more than 1 team to the show. Every other Martz team has failed miserably and the offense was a joke. Lions get rid of him and look where they are, same with the 49ers. It like all the little Belichick guys that went on to be nothing...maybe it's the head coach and not the rest of the coaching parts.

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:29 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

He did great with the Rams when he had a loaded offense. Once Faulk, Bruce, and the o-line began to get old, and the team switched to Bulger at QB, it all started going downhill. Notice that he hasn't been able to get anywhere near that 1999-2003 offense with any of the other teams he's been with. His schemes work well when you have great talent...but so would a lot of other systems.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:57 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

it's tore not tour...who are u lance armstong?

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:05 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

The aggressive Martz was NEVER the same after the SuperBowl loss to Patriots,his worst move that truly showed his decline was at HOME in the playoffs against Carolina.Rams down by 3 on Carolina's 11yd line w/just over a minute&1 timeout .Martz decides to let the clock run down & k ick the tying FG,Rams eventually lost on 2ot I believe(S.Smith from DelHomme) HE WAS NEVER THE SAME PLAYCALLER. The Rams won in spite of him not because of him.

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:58 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

NFL QBs around the league release a collective sigh of relief that they won't suffer a Martz offense and risk getting killed in the field of play.

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:44 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

Martz was a bum.  Single handedly tour down the greatest show on turf.  Aside from SB loss, the Rams degenerated during his entire tenure.  Looks more and more like Vermiel made him, specifically by protecting Mad Mike from his own worst enemy: himself.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:35 pm

Report: Mike Martz retires from coaching

I thought he had already retired!  Look at the beatings Jay Cutler took.  To insist on 7 step drops and not allow audibles (confirmed by Kurt Warner on NFL Network) sets a QB up for a beating in order to make a pass.   The Bears just didn't have the OL or WR talent to play that way but he stubbornly insisted.  He just didn't get the best out of the talent that the Bears had.  Good coaching adapts.  Mike Martz wouldn't or couldn't.  I won't miss him. 

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