Rams Fire Mike Martz
As widely expected, the St. Louis Rams have fired head coach Mike Martz.
Mike Martz was fired as coach of the St. Louis Rams on Monday after a 6-10 season in which he missed the final 11 games because of a heart ailment. The Rams started the season 2-3 before Martz was sidelined with an infection of the heart lining. Assistant Joe Vitt replaced him for the rest of the season, which ended Sunday with a 20-10 win over Dallas that left the team at 6-10.
Martz coached the Rams for more than five seasons, leading them to playoffs four times and to the Super Bowl after the 2001 season. The Rams lost the title game to New England.
Given that Martz missed almost all of the season with health issues, this is a rather cold and bizarre move. There was certainly justification for firing Martz after previous seasons, when his refusal to utilize the running talents of Marshall Faulk to their fullest cost them one Super Bowl and perhaps a trip to at least one more. But Martz had little chance to coach the team this year.
Update 2: Add the Saints’ Jim Haslet. Like Martz, it’s hard to argue he deserved to keep his job but, like Martz, the particular trials and tribulations of this season makes the timing inauspicious.
Update 3: The Ravens are keeping Brian Billick–but he’s got to change.
Martz says he’s not interested in being someone’s offensive coordinator.
Update 4: The Raiders have fired Norv Turner after two seasons. Meanwhile, the Redskins have locked up defensive coordinator Greg Williams, widely considered a top prospect for one of the vacancies, for at least another year.