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Over-Head
01-10-2007, 11:24 AM
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Raiders might talk to Martz



David White, Chronicle Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 10, 2007


All was quiet at Raiders headquarters Tuesday as team officials (namely, Al Davis) plotted the next step in the search for their eighth head coach in 13 years. Davis interviewed USC assistant Steve Sarkisian on Monday and wants to interview at least two more candidates to replace Art Shell, who was fired Thursday after going 2-14 in his first season back with the Raiders. No arrangements had been finalized to bring in the next candidate, according to several team sources.

The Raiders as an organization do not openly discuss job searches. One candidate to watch for is former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz, who is interviewing for the Miami Dolphins' head-coaching vacancy today. According to a league source close to Martz, he would be "very interested" in interviewing with the Raiders for the second time in two years. A Raiders official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that Martz is believed to be on Davis' short list of candidates.

As of Tuesday, the Raiders had not contacted Martz for an interview. Former Giants coach Jim Fassel and Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan also are considered candidates. Former Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green and San Diego Chargers assistant James Lofton also could get sit-down interviews with Davis before the process is over. Martz, who coached the Rams from 2000 through '05, is the sort of offensive mastermind some within the organization believe the Raiders desperately need after they ranked last in the NFL in offense and scoring.

With the Rams, he engineered a high-flying offense dubbed the "Greatest Show on Turf." Hired as their offensive coordinator in 1999, he took an offense that was 27th in the NFL in 1998 and turned it unto the No. 1 offense in the NFL the next season, culminating in a Super Bowl victory. Their 526 points scored was fourth-best in NFL history. Promoted to head coach one year later, Martz's Rams became the first NFL team to score at least 500 points in three straight seasons. The Raiders, in stark contrast, scored 169 points with 12 offensive touchdowns this past season. That's the fewest points scored in franchise history (including the 1982 strike-shortened season) and the fifth-fewest points since the advent of the 16-game schedule in 1978 (excluding the strike season).

The Rams fired Martz after the 2005 season after he missed most the season with a heart ailment. Hired to run the Detroit Lions' offense, Martz took a passing offense that was 27th in the NFL in 2005 and churned out the No. 7 passing game in the league in 2006. Unlike in St. Louis, it did not result in a magical turnaround. The Lions finished with a 3-13 record, second-worst to the Raiders. Given his track record, Martz likely would demand more say in running the team than the previous three coaches enjoyed, something more along the lines of the authority granted to Jon Gruden to make some personnel decisions during his coaching stay from 1998 through 2001.

Bill Parcells
01-10-2007, 11:25 AM
Good luck Over-Head..they should just promote Ryan..and get a young OC..

NewChief
01-10-2007, 11:26 AM
Martz to Raiders=Trent to Raiders

Actually, just speculating. Sure could make things interesting next year.

BIG_DADDY
01-10-2007, 11:28 AM
Just give Moss the position and you guys can take off next season.

Over-Head
01-10-2007, 11:28 AM
Good luck Over-Head..they should just promote Ryan..and get a young OC..

I really hope they DONT!
Here's why.
Every time greasey Al promotes someone, the team somehow manages to ruin the mans career.

Ryan is doing great where he is.
If we paired him up with Martz, then just MAYBE we'd end KC's sweep on our azz!

Delano
01-10-2007, 11:28 AM
I don't know how anyone could take an interview seriously when sitting across the desk is a loosely organized sludgeball in a oversized track suit.

WilliamTheIrish
01-10-2007, 11:28 AM
Hilarious. Trent behind THAT OLine? LMAO

Over-Head
01-10-2007, 11:32 AM
Just give Moss the position and you guys can take off next season.Moss is incredibly talented, just too bad hes like cancer.

Bill Parcells
01-10-2007, 11:33 AM
I really hope they DONT!
Here's why.
Every time greasey Al promotes someone, the team somehow manages to ruin the mans career.

Ryan is doing great where he is.
If we paired him up with Martz, then just MAYBE we'd end KC's sweep on our azz!
I think Ryan might leave if he doesn't get the job...The Jets might pull a sneaky dastardly move on you guys..he's buddy's with Mangini..and our DC Bob Sutton :spock:

FAX
01-10-2007, 11:50 AM
Martz wouldn't survive the preseason.

FAX

Mecca
01-10-2007, 11:51 AM
I think people forget the Rams record when Martz was coach.....it would be a stepup from where the Raiders have been.

FAX
01-10-2007, 11:51 AM
His heart couldn't take it, Mr. Mecca.

FAX

Easy 6
01-10-2007, 11:52 AM
If that D stays solid & the fade get Mad Mike his kind of guys, it could get VERY interesting in a couple of years.

Thats not something i'm very interested in.

WilliamTheIrish
01-10-2007, 11:54 AM
I think people forget the Rams record when Martz was coach.....it would be a stepup from where the Raiders have been.

I think somebody is forgetting the difference in talent that the Rams had and the talent the Radiers currently have.

Easy 6
01-10-2007, 11:56 AM
I think somebody is forgetting the difference in talent that the Rams had and the talent the Radiers currently have.

It didnt take the lambs very long to turn things around.

I hope Mike keeps his ass in the NFC, or anywhere but the AFCW.

Over-Head
01-10-2007, 11:58 AM
I think people forget the Rams record when Martz was coach.....it would be a stepup from where the Raiders have been.
A retarded, mute midget with dyslexia could do better for us.:rolleyes:

Brock
01-10-2007, 11:58 AM
I think people forget the Rams record when Martz was coach.....it would be a stepup from where the Raiders have been.

I think people forget the Rams played in the shittiest division in football at the time.

Over-Head
01-10-2007, 11:59 AM
I think somebody is forgetting the difference in talent that the Rams had and the talent the Radiers currently have. :clap::clap:

HemiEd
01-10-2007, 12:02 PM
Meet your new head coach, he already has the gear so Al can save some dough on that.

WilliamTheIrish
01-10-2007, 12:02 PM
It didnt take the lambs very long to turn things around.

I hope Mike keeps his ass in the NFC, or anywhere but the AFCW.


The only reason to be afraid of Martz is because he would actually try to score. Him facing off against the Ghost Of Martyocre twice a season would be a mismatch.

The Raiders are the one team in the division with less talent than the Chiefs.

wutamess
01-10-2007, 12:17 PM
Actually, I think Martz would be about the only guy able to turn that ship around.

noa
01-10-2007, 12:18 PM
I think Martz would be a good fit. I assume they are going to draft either Quinn or Russell, they already have a decent RB corps, and if Lamont Jordan is healthy, he's serviceable. Martz's success would hinge on improvement with the offensive line.

HonestChieffan
01-10-2007, 12:18 PM
The first of many "Raiders talk to______"

Fried Meat Ball!
01-10-2007, 12:20 PM
The only reason to be afraid of Martz is because he would actually try to score. Him facing off against the Ghost Of Martyocre twice a season would be a mismatch.

The Raiders are the one team in the division with less talent than the Chiefs.
Meh, that's questionable. The Raiders just don't have the foggiest idea how to USE the talent they have.

bkkcoh
01-10-2007, 12:22 PM
The first of many "Raiders talk to______"


Followed by ______ withdraws name from consideration

FringeNC
01-10-2007, 12:56 PM
Martz would be a fool to go there unless he was given complete control -- both GM and HC duties, and I am not sure he could be a decent GM.

And even if Davis agreed to that, there'd have to be all types of poison pills written in there to prevent Davis from meddling. It'd take the lawyers months to iron out a contract that prevented Al from ****ing things up.