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24 Oct 2005

Martz Blocked from Calling Plays

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Mike Martz called a team official during Sunday's Rams-Saints game and instructed him to give a play to offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild. But president of football operations Jay Zygmunt blocked the team employee's attempts to get to Fairchild in the coaching booth. That Rams front office sure seems disorganized.

Update 3:45pm: The Rams now say Martz will not be back all season.

Posted by: Michael David Smith on 24 Oct 2005

12 comments, Last at 25 Oct 2005, 8:36pm by Zac


by Ray (not verified) :: Mon, 10/24/2005 - 4:44pm

Are there supposed to be the usual comments about the articles above? I'm not seeing them if they are...

Really, the guy should just keep his fingers out and get better. He's not acting as head coach right now, and he shouldn't be trying to call plays from a sick-bed.

by tally (not verified) :: Mon, 10/24/2005 - 4:45pm

Martz apparently was trying to suggest that Fairchild call a specific running play in New Orleans territory.

No wonder they didn't let the play through. Obviously an imposter trying to pass himself off as Martz. The real Martz wouldn't have suggested anything of the sort.

by Drew (not verified) :: Mon, 10/24/2005 - 4:55pm

The real Martz wouldn’t have suggested anything of the sort.

I assume that by "running play", they meant "quadruple reverse."

by Yuri (not verified) :: Mon, 10/24/2005 - 4:56pm

This is a strange situation... I understand that MM is still the head coach and at the same time, there's no way he should be calling plays from wherever he recovers from his illness as opposed to be being in the stadium. I think if I were the assistant coach working in MM's absense I would ideally have him involved in game planning (on the offensive side) but would want him to yell at his TV, not at myself during the game. Whose call it is to make how much MM is involved, is not clear to me. Is it really the front office's?

At the same time, this is the first time I hear about the "feud" between MM and the rest of the orgnization. is it the case of an overanxious reporter trying to get a scoop?

by Yuri (not verified) :: Mon, 10/24/2005 - 5:02pm

The FO comments on the article have appeared and MM is gone for the season. According to Peter King, "Joe Vitt sure can chew that gum." Whatever we say about Martz, I am not convinced that Mr. Vitt will be an upgrade, if Jamie Martin is his QB.

by Drew (not verified) :: Mon, 10/24/2005 - 5:14pm

Re #4

This is not the first time I've heard about feuding in the Rams' front office. I'll admit I'm not up to speed on who is out to get who. But if I recall correctly, the whole "throat slasher" episode from last month had to do with an assistant of Zygmunt responding (a little too enthusiastically) to criticism that the administration engages in backstabbing Martz.

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Mon, 10/24/2005 - 5:46pm

Too bad Martz didn't succeed; it would have opened a whole new avenue for Howard Stern's sidekicks.

by Trogdor (not verified) :: Mon, 10/24/2005 - 5:49pm

Just think, if Zygmunt had been working for the Minnesota State Screaming Eagles, they probably wouldn't have won their bowl game thanks to the sickbed brilliance of Jerry Van Dyke.

by Theo (not verified) :: Mon, 10/24/2005 - 8:13pm

Martz is not with the team every day... so he shouldn't be the one calling the plays.
When he is with the team every day... well that another story kids.

by MCS (not verified) :: Tue, 10/25/2005 - 11:11am

Nice reference Trogdor. I was thinking the exact same thing when I saw this.

by JonL (not verified) :: Tue, 10/25/2005 - 11:23am

It's too bad everyone is still laying off Martz, otherwise I would say something about him being blocked from calling a play and the Rams winning the game.


by Zac (not verified) :: Tue, 10/25/2005 - 8:36pm

Darn you, Trogdor. You beat me to the "Coach" reference.