For those looking for some promising news on the Raiders offensive coordinator front, we bring, uh, news.
Steve Corkran of BANG reports that the Raiders have already talked to former Rams head coach Mike Martz about the team’s offensive coordinator position vacated after the team let go of Greg Knapp after the season.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said in his year-end news conference that he isn’t in a hurry to find an offensive coordinator.
“I don’t have a time frame for getting somebody in,” Allen said. “I want to make sure we get the right guy, and however long that takes for us to get the right guy, that’s how long that that takes.”
As an offensive coordinator, Martz was the architect of the prolific Rams offense the year St. Louis won Super Bowl XXXIV. The following season he was promoted to head coach, where he remained until 2005. Mike Florio goes into more detail:
[I]t 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.
Since then, Martz has been an OC for three teams — Detroit in 2006 and 2007, San Francisco in 2008, Chicago in 2010 and 2011. All jobs in which he did not leave on his own terms. That’s a lot of turnover in short time for one guy, and being let go after a short while in three different places likely isn’t a coincidence. The Raiders probably realize this, which is why the interview happened so quietly.
But, yeah, maybe talk to other guys before making a decision, OK, Raiders?