Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 Oct 2005

Mike Martz has Serious Heart Infection

A disturbing story out of St. Louis. Mike Martz was hospitalized before last week's game with what doctors called a sinus infection. He now says he has a heart infection that is keeping him from being with the team at practices.

Posted by: Michael David Smith on 05 Oct 2005

14 comments, Last at 06 Oct 2005, 11:03am by princeton73

Comments

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by zach (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 7:04pm

i'll go ahead and be the first to ask... does this mean no more martz jokes this season?

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by B (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 7:10pm

And all this time I thought there was somthing wrong with his head, turns out it was his heart.

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by VarlosZ (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 7:15pm

i’ll go ahead and be the first to ask… does this mean no more martz jokes this season?

If he dies, there's a 60-day moratorium. Otherwise this changes nothing.

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by PhillyCWC (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 8:15pm

Somewhere in this story is a tasteless joke about the Tin Man and that song, "If I Only Had a Heart."

But in all seriousness, I'm sending out best wishes for a speedy recovery to the Martz. I had a friend who developed the same condition, and eventually recovered partially, but will probably need a heart transplant someday. I wouldn't wish this on anyone.

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by noahpoah (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 8:43pm

One of my brothers-in-law had a strep infection in a heart muscle and had to have one valve repaired, one replaced.

He's doing well now, but it was pretty scary for the family trying to figure out what was going on and what to do.

Here's hoping for a return to good health (and confusing football decisions) for Mr. Martz.

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by hinx (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 9:08pm

Maybe Issac Bruce can use his jesus healing on Martz.

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by smileyRob (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 9:14pm

"Maybe Issac Bruce can use his jesus healing on Martz."
Or maybe he could keep the myths and the science seperate.

But really, doesn't this seem like the biggest distraction for any NFL team not named the Saints this year? When the guy in charge stands a greater than normal chance of keeling over at any moment that has to mess with the players' heads.

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by princeton73 (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 11:00pm

this has been one hellavu week

first, TMQ doesn't say anything particularly stupid, so I can't argue

then I find out I can't make fun of Martz

next you'll tell me Tom DeLay has cancer

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by Shalimar (not verified) :: Wed, 10/05/2005 - 11:10pm

Tom Delay is a cancer on human decency. Does that count?

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by Joey (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 1:26am

As far as having a better than average chance of keeling over, don't you think Martz still has to be in better shape than Bill Parcells?

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by Sergio (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 1:50am

Re:7

It's only a distraction if you want it to be. Remember, the Falcons did great while Reeves was in the hospital with that heart surgery in the '98 season...

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by marc (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 6:21am

"Remember, the Falcons did great while Reeves was in the hospital with that heart surgery in the ‘98 season…"
The Falcons in 98 were one of the best teams in the league and had already become 12-2 when Reeves went under the knife. Prior to the week of the operation there was no indication Reeves was even ill.
The Rams are a mediocre to possibly ok team sitting at 2-2 after suffering an ass kicking and their head coach has a potentially fatal disorder that keeps him from even being able to guide the team at practice.
The Falcons in 98 were already well on their way to a substantial playoff run. They ended up winnign the NFC.
The current Rams were well on their way to being a game or so within .500 at the end of the year, and now without Martz's offensive input they may bottom out.
The only real similarity is football coaches with heart conditions.

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by White Rose Duelist (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 10:11am

In all seriousness, who would be worse off if Martz resigned or took a leave of absence? He gets a relatively stress-free environment in which to recuperate, the team gets a better head coach...

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by princeton73 (not verified) :: Thu, 10/06/2005 - 11:03am

He gets a relatively stress-free environment in which to recuperate, the team gets a better head coach

hmm... you don't suppose that John Shaw was lurking around the dentist's office with a syringe full of Staph, do you?