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    Mike Martz to call games for NFL on FOX this season ..

    By Marc Sessler
    Aug. 7, 2012

    Mike Martz won't be in Jay Cutler's ear this autumn, but he'll be in yours.

    After parting ways with the Chicago Bears, Martz will serve as a game analyst for the NFL on FOX, the network announced Tuesday. Teaming with play-by-play man Ron Pitts, Martz will butter his bread calling NFC-heavy fare. It's a good fit. Martz built his career in this conference as head coach of the St. Louis Rams and as an offensive aide for the Bears, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins and San Francisco *****.

    Martz -- who did work for NFL Network in 2009 -- is regarded as one of the game's more intelligent (and sometimes beguiling) play-callers, but that doesn't guarantee he'll entertain us. He made news during his NFL Network stint in 2009 when he labeled Jay Cutler as "unprofessional." Hopefully FOX will find a way to attach him to Bears games early and often, but that might not happen.

    The Martz-Pitts pairing is FOX's No. 7 crew, per ESPN.com, meaning Martz is more likely to log time covering a flock of bottom-feeders, including his old team, the Rams.

    Another change for FOX: NFL Network's Heath Evans will replace Chad Pennington as the color man teaming with Sam Rosen.

    Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver still are entrenched in the top spot for FOX. That's no surprise. Buck can be grating on the ear, but Aikman is one of the more underrated analysts out there. Maybe that has something do with the fact that he's been in our living room -- first as a quarterback, now as a talking head -- for more than 20 years. He isn't afraid to speak his mind.

    The rest of the pairings are familiar: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa; Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin; Dick Stockton, John Lynch and Jennifer Hale; and Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jaime Maggio.

    Well color in September 23rd .. It should be interesting to hear Mad Mike commenting on Rams vs Bears on that particular Sunday. I wonder who he likes best? Probably the Bears, since he was fired by the Rams - I think he resigned from the Bears - correct me if I'm wrong. Should be fun at any rate ..


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    Re: Mike Martz to call games for NFL on FOX this season ..

    Ill be looking foward to that game...

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    Re: Mike Martz to call games for NFL on FOX this season ..

    I predict that Martz will come out overly aggressive and the play by play guy will take a pounding.

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    Re: Mike Martz to call games for NFL on FOX this season ..

    I believe Martz will spend the majority of his time commentating on passing plays, and will struggle to adjust his commentary if Marshall Faulk is unable to deliver decent player analysis
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    Re: Mike Martz to call games for NFL on FOX this season ..

    Mike Martz: the only color commentator that requires his play by play guy to take out extra health insurance.
    I believe!

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    Re: Mike Martz to call games for NFL on FOX this season ..

    I predict that Mike Martz in the first 5 minutes of each half will say:

    "I would have taken a time out right there."
    "Oh, I would definitely challenge the play, it seems the officials got it right. But, who cares time outs aren't worth anything anyway."
    "I know they have taken a time out and lost one through a challenge already, but I would take the3rd one right here because I don't feel good about this 2nd and 1 play call."


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    Re: Mike Martz to call games for NFL on FOX this season ..

    Quote Originally Posted by TekeRam View Post
    Mike Martz: the only color commentator that requires his play by play guy to take out extra health insurance.
    Shoot, we'll fix that!!
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    Re: Mike Martz to call games for NFL on FOX this season ..

    Quote Originally Posted by ZiaRam View Post
    Ill be looking foward to that game...
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    Re: Mike Martz to call games for NFL on FOX this season ..

    I watched him on a show while he was coaching and I think a better title would probably be "black and white commentator"...he is as bland as a fat free, sugar free, plain tofutti ice cream sundae.
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    Re: Mike Martz to call games for NFL on FOX this season ..

    I'm going to miss the Tim Ryan and Ron Pitts pairing. I thought they worked well together.

    Oh well, let's see what Mad Mike can do.

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    Re: Mike Martz to call games for NFL on FOX this season ..

    Quote Originally Posted by MauiRam View Post
    Shoot, we'll fix that!!
    yeah but, yeah but

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