Raiders reportedly interview Mike Martz
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Oakland Raiders reportedly interview Mike Martz for OC job
The Oakland Raiders are interested in bringing Mike Martz back into the NFL.
The Bay Area News Group reported Saturday that Martz interviewed for the Raiders' offensive-coordinator job. Martz was out of football this season, working as an analyst for FOX. He resigned as the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears last January, citing philosophical differences with the team. Martz was the architect of the "Greatest Show On Turf" offense of the Kurt Warner-led St. Louis Rams, coaching the team from 2000 to 2005. His resume has lost some luster in recent years with far less successful stints with the Bears, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions. Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he wouldn't have an issue with someone on his staff having prior head-coaching experience. "I'll be comfortable with a guy I feel like gives us the best chance to be successful in all areas," Allen said. The Raiders also spoke with Juan Castillo about their vacant offensive line coach position. Castillo was Andy Reid's O-line coach with the Philadelphia Eagles before he was surprisingly named the team's defensive coordinator prior to last season. That experiment ended with his dismissal in October.
Raiders interview Martz for offensive coordinator job
Posted by Mike Florio on January 12, 2013, 6:46 PM EST
http://nbcprofootballtalk.files.word...artz.jpg?w=250 Getty Images Plenty Raiders fans have been asked for an update regarding the team’s search for a new offensive coordinator.
The good news? We have one.
The bad news? We have one.
Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group reports that the Raiders quietly have interviewed Mike Martz for the vacancy created when Greg Knapp was fired after only one season.
Martz rose to prominence in 1999 as the architect of the “Greatest Show on Turf,” the Rams team that won an unlikely Super Bowl with a high-octane, quick-strike offense. He then became the head coach when Dick Vermeil retired.
And it all started to crumble for Martz during Super Bowl XXXVI, when he stubbornly refused to run the ball even though the Patriots were routinely dropping eight men into pass coverage. Within four years after that, Martz was fired by the Rams in a haze of front-office dysfunction. Thereafter, Martz has served as offensive coordinator of the Lions, 49ers, and Bears. Martz has no past experience working with Raiders coach Dennis Allen.
Per Corkran, the Raiders have interviewed long-time Eagles offensive line coach and less-than-two-year defensive coordinator Juan Castillo for the vacant position of offensive line coach in Oakland.
The Raiders are also looking for a linebackers coach and a special-teams coordinator, along with their first playoff berth since 2002.