I know a lot of you guys are tired of the guessing game about who will be coming to St. Louis. We might know as early as tomorrow what is going on in the front office.
There are supposed to be a number of openings for head coaches after this season ends. Saint Louis, Houston, Detroit, Oakland, Kansas City, even Green Bay and Phoenix, among others, may need to fill the position. But it seems to me that there is a shortage of qualified candidates to fill those positions. Only a couple of teams will end up with someone who will make a difference. Those who get the best will have to act fast and pay well. Teams who do not have a new coach signed by the middle of January will most likely be offering unqualified candidates way too much money.
In Saint Louis, the Front Office seems to have quieted down over the past four weeks. After a season filled with questionable comments, threats, rumors, backstabbing, and everything else that makes a soap opera happen, December has been relatively quiet. Of course, there has been a few rumors floating about, but nothing has really come out of there that sounds believable.
This makes me wonder...could things in St. Louis be different than we are led to believe? Have Kroenke and Georgia put their respective feet down?
There is no doubt that the coaching staff is in need of overhaul. The once unstoppable Rams are now in need of direction. With the lack of qualified Head Coaches to fill a large number of spaces, what will the Rams end up doing?
Mike Martz has made many enemies out of friends with his coaching style, but even the front office can see that his record is better than most of the people being considered for his job. He has made many questionable decisions, Marmie being among the worst, and has ignored the advice of his assistants. He has, in fact, taken on more power in his position than would be advisable.
I, for one, would not be too surprised to see a change in the FO personnel. Too much has been said and done this past year to ignore. The owners may have had enough, and are only waiting until the end of this season to let some people go. Others will stay, but will basically be castrated, and not wield the influence they once had.
If this does end up happening, would Martz return for another year, but in a more limited fashion? Would the FO offer him a deal that would have him return as HC, but fire his cronies and reduce his power to run things his way? Even if such an offer were tendered, would he accept?
The chances of such a scenario are slim, but there is still a chance that it will happen. Martz knows his health is an issue, and the stresses of his job are a contributing factor.
I would not be shocked to see a press release stating that the Rams are in negotiations with Martz to retain him for 2006. After this year, I wouldn't doubt much of anything.