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Mike Martz should be fired immediately.

Let me state the obvious.

Mike Martz is a terrible coach and should have been fired years ago.

That we all know. The offensive coordinator of the Rams during their Super Bowl run in 1999 took advantage of Dick Vermeilís retirement. The team went to the Super Bowl in 2001, only to be out-coached by the upstart New England Patriots. St. Louis did not run the ball enough, and consequently lost. Ever since their loss in Super Bowl XXXVI, the talented Rams have gone just 27-21, and have been subjected to terrible coaching decisions, worthy of a section on this Web site aptly named, ďThe Mike Martz Move of the Week.Ē

The blunders are obvious and well documented by the media. Let me compile a list of Martzís controversial and idiotic moves:

  • Refusing to give Steven Jackson an adequate number of carries, despite drafting him in the first round of the 2004 Draft.
  • Running the ball just 15 times against the Atlanta Falcons in week 2.
  • Calling 39 pass plays to just 18 running plays against the winless Miami Dolphins in week 7, and consequently losing, 31-14.
  • Jackson and Marshall Faulk received a combined 20 carries against Buffalo in a 37-17 blowout loss.
  • Calling a pass play with backup quarterback Chris Chandler on a third-and-one against the San Francisco 49ers, who were being stampeded by Jackson the entire game.
  • Martz gave Faulk and Jackson just 10 carries, and threw the ball 36 times with backups Chandler and Jamie Martin in a 31-7 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Iím not sure what NCAA Dan, a former writer on this Web site, is referring to when he sent this instant message to me after the Rams beat the Eagles on Monday Night Football, but here it is: ďMike Martz, though we knew this is an idiot. That baloney about calling timeouts at the end of the first half.Ē
  • Martz spent all of his second-half timeouts in the third quarter during a playoff game against the Seahawks.

Phew. I think I may have developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome typing all of those up. And all of those were just in 2004. Imagine what would happen if I typed up all of Martzís dumb moves. Iíd have to buy more bandwith.

Iím sure I made my point clear. Martz is a buffoon who has no business being a head coach in the NFL. Yet, owner Georgia Frontiere and general manager Charley Armey remain idle. If the Rams suffer another disappointing season -- whether itís another early exit in the playoffs, or not making the playoffs at all -- Frontiere and Armey must be held responsible -- not Martz. Frontiere and Armey have already done their fans a disservice by keeping the self-proclaimed genius head coach employed. Martz is already beyond blame. You cannot blame him anymore. I don't even think it's even possible.

The perception has become that Frontiere and Armey do not care about their fans. The fact that they would continue to keep an incompetent coach under contract, because he is a close friend is ridiculous.

If Rams fans share my pain and anguish of witnessing poor play-calling and misused timeouts every week, they should protest. They should do anything -- not attend games, wear Seahawks jerseys to the games, march the streets of St. Louis with pitchforks and torches, toilet paper Frontiereís house -- anything to get their point across.

Until then, the Rams will be out-coached by every other team in the NFL.



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