CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 16: Offensive coordinator Mike Martz of the Chicago Bears reacts in the second half against the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Soldier Field on January 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Martz
The orchestrator of the late-1990s, early-2000s "Greatest Show on Turf" St. Louis Rams offense is on the open market.
Mike Martz, who was the Rams' offensive coordinator when they beat the Titans in the Super Bowl and later took the Rams to another Super Bowl as the head coach, had a stint as the offensive coordinator in Detroit and most recently in Chicago.
Now, he's unemployed.
He apparently chose to leave Chicago, which was a little puzzling considering the Bears were pretty solid this year until being ravaged by injuries to their starting quarterback and starting running back, who might be the best all-around running back in the NFL.
So the big question is, would Martz be a fit in Dallas? Well, with the Cowboys offensive personnel, it'd be a perfect fit — almost.
The Cowboys have the quarterback to sling it around. They have three very solid wide receivers, assuming they can re-sign Laurent Robinson, which is a major assumption considering what he might command on the free agent market.
That foursome could put up some huge numbers in a Martz offense.
Now, for the cons: Jason Witten, one of the game's best tight ends would basically be deemed obsolete as Martz refuses to use tight ends. DeMarco Murray showed last year he can be a workhorse running back, and of course, Martz doesn't do much running the ball although Murray is a good receiver out of the backfield as well. Martz did run the ball when he had a Hall of Famer in Marshall Faulk toting the rock. Not to compare Murray to Faulk in any way, but he is a similar dual threat that could be exciting in the 1999-2001 version of the Martz offense.
Finally, would Jason Garrett actually give up the play-calling duties? We've heard it plenty of times this year: Garrett needs a coordinator so he can focus more on in-game head coaching duties such as clock management. It's a valid point, but so is the one that says Jerry Jones should hire a GM.
So don't hold your breath, Cowboys fans, but it could be an interesting thing to see with the weapons the Cowboys have.