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shaneo69
12-29-2007, 07:09 PM
Detroit set to oust Martz, name Brown O-coordinator
ESPN.com news services

Updated: December 29, 2007, 8:44 PM ET

The Detroit Lions are expected to fire offensive coordinator Mike Martz after Sunday's season finale against Green Bay, the Los Angeles Times reported on its Web site.

The newspaper, citing multiple sources familiar with the situation, said the Lions will replace the veteran coach with receivers coach Kippy Brown. ESPN NFL analyst Chris Mortensen confirmed the report Saturday night.

The little blotch on Martz's resume shouldn't be enough, however, to keep him unemployed for long, The Times said.

Martz will likely be pursued by the struggling San Francisco 49ers as a replacement for current offensive coordinator Jim Hostler. The 49ers are apparently turning to Martz because of his familiarity with the NFC West and successful pedigree as coach of the St. Louis Rams (2000-2005), the paper reported.

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 past seven years, ranking first from 1999-2001. The Rams' passing offense hasn't ranked below fifth in the league since 1999, and was first from 1999-2001.

The Lions, 7-8 going into Sunday's road game, rank near the bottom in several key offensive statistical categories, including rushing and interceptions. They have lost six of their last seven games. The Lions have more interceptions (18) than passing touchdowns (20), a major reason they are in third place in the NFC East.

Martz, 56, has been with the Lions since early 2006, when then-new head coach Rod Marinelli brought him aboard as part of his first staff in Detroit.


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Ultra Peanut
12-29-2007, 07:10 PM
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Mr. Laz
12-29-2007, 07:15 PM
wasn't the lions offense the only thing really worth anything this year?



why fire him?

kstater
12-29-2007, 07:15 PM
The Lions have more interceptions (18) than passing touchdowns (20), a major reason they are in third place in the NFC East.


:spock:

I'm no math major, but....

chagrin
12-29-2007, 07:19 PM
wasn't the lions offense the only thing really worth anything this year?



why fire him?


Because anyone can call passing plays with those WR's - they still didn't run the ball enough, they had a healthy Kevin Jones this year for the first time in a while, and still didn't run him; of course he got injured again but still, he just doesn't like to run.

Simplex3
12-29-2007, 07:22 PM
The Lions have more interceptions (18) than passing touchdowns (20), a major reason they are in third place in the NFC East.
LMAO

More "kwality" reporting from ESPN.

BigVE
12-29-2007, 07:26 PM
Martz is too egomaniacal. He has one gimmick play after another. Like someone else said, with THOSE players on offense it shouldnt be too hard to call some decent plays. It may not be Solari-proof but it would be pretty easy to succeed. Another point they were saying somewhere else is that the Lions honestly feel like C. Johnson has Randy Moss-like skills and that his (and the rest of the offense) biggest struggle this season (besides being injured) was learning the HUGE playbook that Martz insisted on using/running. With talent like that you don't have to get too complicated or too fancy.