Former Player Speaks To Martz Ego As Detriment

Former NFL receiver, Ricky Proehl, knows the Mike Martz offense as well as anyone. Proehl played for Martz in St. Louis and was part of the “greatest show on turf” teams and talk with the Danny Mac Show earlier today.

As a member of the most prolific offenses that Martz has produced, Proehl is not only knowledgeable of the intricacies of the the system, but also the ego of the man calling the plays.

Martz’s former player was critical of the coach’s ability and openness to adapt to what the defense is giving. Proehl talked about Super Bowl XXXVI featured the Rams and Patriots.

“New England did a great job of game planning our offense,” he said. “They showed blitz and dropped into zone. They basically rushed three and dropped eight. And [Martz’s] comment was ‘we’re going to throw that ball anyway.”

Martz’s desire to continue throwing the ball instead of running it, was a choice that according to Proehl was not well received by the Rams’ offensive players.

LISTEN: Ricky Proehl On The Danny Mac Show

Beyond Martz ego, Prohel was able to provide valuable insight into the lack of audibles in the system.

“Everything was sight adjustments,” Proehl said . “Hot [routes] were built in, but there was communication that we had, as receivers, with Kurt. But that didn’t happen over night.”

Just as important as the sight adjustments is the offensive line. While every offense lives and dies by the offensive lineman, Proehl explained why he thought the o-line was more crucial for the Martz system.

“Quarterbacks hold on to the ball a little longer becasue the was the offense is designed,” he said. “Guys clear for other guys to open up spots and different holes, the quarterback needs that extra second to get the ball down the field.”

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  • JMarconi

    I say, let make MARTZ our new head coach, can the jig and send that 0-16 defensive coordinater with him. Mike Martz and Mike Tice will get this team looking stellar. It’s time to fire the JIG!

  • Janet

    Lovie is just setting up Martz to be the fall guy. He had no other plan. Time for Lovie to go.

  • Jerry

    Get rid of him before he ruins our qtrback.

  • Pappy

    Well here we go! Pappy has an update….Lovie Smith is totally on his way out. With that said, lets all understand this, Mike Martz and Mike Tice have been working their magic with the offensive lineman all week long. The way i see it is- Starting today against the Washington Redskins you will all witness the “new look offense” and i guarantee, you will all be happy with the changes they have made. It’s time to move Mr. Smith and his so-called defense out of Chicago. Our offense is not the problem here.

    • Drew Dirty

      Offense not the problem!? Negative 6 yards in the first quater, nahh, thats what all winning teams do.

  • Kenny

    Good Morning PAPPY! Hey Mikey, i heard the same thing just yeaterday, i cannot wait to see this new offense starting today also….from what i understand, its goin to be high powered!!! I too agree with you, Lovie Smith needs to go- period. He is a horrible coach….his defense sucks also. I will give you a prediction, MIKE MARTZ WILL BE THE HEAD COACH COME FEBRUARY!

    • Jerry

      WoW Pappy I’m impressed, lets see the 1st Qtr is over and the Bears are at minus yards.
      I forget how many times Cutler has been sacked.

  • hate JA

    Jerry Angelo needs to go, and get someone with brains. Someone that can evaluate talent, for the past 8 or 9 seasons he’s been drafting nothing but garbage. I am not defending Lovie, but he might not be a bad coach with the right player. How ever if they were to get rid of him I would not lose any sleep.

  • hate JA

    Right now would be the prefect time to fire Jerry Angelo. That way they can bring someone to evaluate what we have (which is not much) and go from there.

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