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    Rams need to hire the right assistant to run the offense

    By Bernie Miklasz
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Saturday, Jan. 10 2009


    A few weeks ago, as part of his intense media-lobbying campaign for the
    head-coaching job, Jim Haslett told me that he wanted to transform the Rams
    into a power running team. Haslett said his goal was to construct a big
    offensive line, get physical and build the offense around running back Steven
    Jackson.

    GM Billy Devaney preached the same message: Because of Jackson's unique size
    and skill set, the Rams had to establish a power-running foundation. That was
    an important part of the Devaney manifesto.

    And that's a smart, logical plan.

    So why is Haslett floating Mike Martz as a possible offensive coordinator?
    Nothing against Martz, who is a brilliant maestro of the passing game. But this
    should be about finding the right fit. And how in the world does Martz match up
    with Haslett and Devaney's adamant belief that the Rams must change their
    philosophy on offense?

    When Martz ran the Rams offense from 1999 through (part of) 2005, the Rams
    ranked 29th among 32 NFL teams in rushing attempts over that time.

    When Martz ran the Detroit offense in 2006 and 2007, the Lions were 32nd (last)
    in the NFL in rushing attempts over a two-season period.

    And when Martz ran the San Francisco offense in 2008, the ***** ranked 27th
    among 32 teams in rushing attempts.

    Martz was fired in Detroit and San Francisco for his pass-first philosophy.
    This does not compute.

    But could it happen? Sure. Late this week I checked with sources around the
    league and in the agent industry. An agent told me that one outside coaching
    "candidate" for the Rams job was reluctant to get involved in the process
    because he assumed that the "search" was rigged to favor Haslett.

    Because of that perception, Devaney has worked hard to convince potential
    candidates that this really is a wide-open search and not a waste of their
    time.

    The truth? We'll know soon enough. But until I see something that convinces me
    to believe otherwise, I'll assume that Haslett is the front-runner to be the
    Rams head coach in 2009.

    I give Haslett credit for coordinating such a terrific campaign, reinventing
    himself on the fly to convince many fans and much of the St. Louis sports media
    that he's the right man for the job, and that he had absolutely nothing to do
    with the last three seasons of Rams football. The spin is precious. You'd think
    that the closest that Ol' Haz came to any real football responsibility over the
    last three years was to fill the Gatorade tubs at practice. He was just an
    innocent bystander.

    If Haslett gets the gig, I just hope he hires a good coaching staff. There's no
    need to go with gimmicks here. If the Rams want to power up with Steven
    Jackson, then please hire the best offensive coordinator for that particular
    assignment.


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    Re: Rams need to hire the right assistant to run the offense

    Haslett said his goal was to construct a big
    offensive line, get physical and build the offense around running back Steven
    Jackson.
    And why can't this be done with Martz as OC? Isn't a good offensive line as important for the passing game as for the running game?

    In addition, I'm not totally convinced that the best scenario for success for Jackson is in a power running system. While he does have the skills for it, he's shown nothing to convince me he can take it physically. He's had what, 1 healthy season in 6? With his receiving skills, maybe the best scenario for his utilization would be closer to how they used Marshall. 15 to 20 carries a game and 8 to 10 passes thrown to him. This way he still gets his 25 to 30 touches a game with less wear and tear on the body. Just saying.
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    Re: Rams need to hire the right assistant to run the offense

    I completely agree. i think the 29th ranking in running is misleading. Marshall got plenty of touches by way of catches.

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    Re: Rams need to hire the right assistant to run the offense

    I would have no problem w/ Martz coming back .... as long as SJ doesn't. I wanna hear Steven's opinion. Didn't he and Martz have an issue? If there is ANY animosity there whatsoever, I'd have to say no.

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