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  • Rams' Martz Teams With Rockefeller, Mattea For Benefit Event

    BY ClanRam Staff

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – St. Louis Rams Head Coach Mike Martz is scheduled to join two-time Grammy winner Kathy Mattea as a celebrity guest speaker for the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute Black-Tie Gala hosted by U.S. Senator John “Jay” D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV), on Friday, June 4, 2004 at the Charleston Civic Center. Proceeds will benefit the research institute named in honor of Rockefeller’s mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

    “I am honored to be able to support Senator Rockefeller and the incredible work done at the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute,” said Martz. “I personally witnessed the devastating affects Alzheimer’s disease had on my mother and will do anything possible to assist in finding a cure,” he added.

    The $1,000 per person event marks the first major gala in support of the Institute and begins with dinner at 7:30 p.m., followed by a program that includes remarks by Martz, Mattea and Rockefeller.

    Country singer Mattea, whose mother currently suffers from the disease, is also scheduled to address the attendees.

    “I am very proud of the work of the Institute and the fact that it’s well on its way to becoming one of the nation’s most prominent academic research institutions,” Senator Rockefeller said. “This event will take the Institute and the state of West Virginia one giant step closer to being the world leader in the research of neurological diseases.”

    More than 4.5 million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, a number that is expected to soar as the baby boom generation nears retirement according to the Alzheimer’s Association and National Institute on Aging.

    St. Louis Rams Coach Mike Martz
    Head Coach Mike Martz is set to begin his fifth season at the helm of the St. Louis Rams. Since returning to St. Louis as offensive coordinator in 1999 and as head coach since 2000, the Rams have earned four playoff appearances, captured three division titles, two NFC championships and a Super Bowl victory. Martz, whose late mother Betty suffered from Alzheimer’s, has long been an advocate for the Alzheimer’s cause and continues to host and participate in numerous fundraising and media events to find a cure. In April 2003, Martz testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Health & Human Services to lobby for additional research funds. He was named 2003 Pro Sports Most Active Coach by the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame for his philanthropic efforts. Martz also serves as an ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Variety Club and other St. Louis area children’s charities. Martz is a summa cum laude graduate of Fresno State University.

    Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute
    The Institute, headquartered on the campus of West Virginia University, is a nonprofit, multi-million dollar international medical research center focused on human memory and the development of new drugs and diagnostics to treat and diagnose neurological and cognitive disorders. It is the largest basic science research venture in West Virginia history, and the only major nonprofit Institute focusing on human memory in the world. The Institute is named for Senator Rockefeller’s late mother who battled Alzheimer’s disease for nearly a decade.
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  • RamWraith
    Think what you will about Martz; he made football fun in this town
    by RamWraith
    By Bernie Miklasz

    Mike Martz will resurface. He will return to dial up 50 passes a game in another town, for another team, driving his new team's fans crazy. They may be laughing or frowning, cheering or booing, but Martz will move them. This is a coach who gets a reaction. He is many things, but the word "dull" never will be applied in any description of Martz.

    "The Greatest Show" goes away, but never completely leaves the imagination. After all, the circus always comes back, and so it will be for Martz, the ringleader of one of the most dazzling offensive productions in NFL history.

    Mad Mike still has a few scores to settle, a few more defensive coordinators to torment, and may the football gods have mercy on defenses when this coach clears his head and reloads his offense during a second-chance head-coaching opportunity.

    Martz may have to sit out for a while. He may have to go into exile for the 2006 season, to rehabilitate his image and find inner peace, but that may be the best thing for him.

    Martz needs time to truly disengage from the grueling experience in St. Louis. Martz's bacterial infection of the heart valve has cleared, and medically he's 100 percent ready to work, but he's still battered emotionally after predictably losing a power struggle with Rams executives John Shaw and Jay Zygmunt.

    If Martz doesn't hook up immediately as a head coach, he should view the sabbatical as a precious opportunity to exhale and enjoy life. Martz could take his wonderful wife Julie on a trip around the world, or go on the kind of relaxing, leisurely adventures that are impossible to arrange for a full-time, football-consumed coach.

    And a year from now, a completely rested, recharged and refocused Martz would be a hot candidate. His agent, Bob Lamonte, would have no problem marketing the Martz II Project to NFL owners. If you're an NFL owner with a dormant offense that needs to be zapped back to life, how could you resist the reformed Mike Martz? How could you turn away from 30 points a game? Americans love a second act.

    Martz is feeling low these days, but he's been through rougher days than this. His alcoholic father bailed on his mom and four brothers when Mike was a kid. Mike survived, maturing sooner than any child should just to help keep the family strong.

    After Martz got fired from a coaching gig at Arizona State, he couldn't find another job, so he became an unpaid volunteer assistant to Los Angeles Rams coach Chuck Knox. By then, Mike and Julie had four children, and it wasn't easy. But again, he overcame the hard times.

    And Martz will rally again.

    During his time as the Rams head coach, I frequently sparred with the media-sensitive Martz. This is a guy who did not hesitate to pick up the phone, dial my number,...
    -01-05-2006, 04:52 AM
  • AvengerRam_old
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    Not sure if he's in St. Louis or NY. I've had one of those before, and it can make it difficult to fly.

    I'm sure more details will start coming soon.
    -09-30-2005, 11:54 AM
  • RamWraith
    More trouble at Rams Park
    by RamWraith
    Report: Martz expected to be fired Monday

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    Martz is expected to report to work on Monday and is likely to be terminated at that time. Martz was 58-39 in six seasons as Rams head coach. Martz coached the team to one Super Bowl in 2001 and was the offensive coordinator in 1999 for the franchise's lone Super Bowl championship.
    -01-01-2006, 05:19 PM
  • Nick
    Critics be damned, Martz goes to playoffs - PD
    by Nick
    Critics be damned, Martz goes to playoffs
    By Bernie Miklasz
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Sunday, Jan. 02 2005

    Well, now. Mike Martz got it done. He defiantly thumbed his nose at the outside
    world and arrogantly continued to do things his way. Martz held the Rams
    together long enough to take advantage of the chronic, comedic mediocrity in
    the NFC. And the NFC West was so bad, the prison team from the film "The
    Longest Yard" would have won the division.

    But the NFL is a bottom-line league, and Martz has crashed his way into the NFL
    playoffs. As the NFL's most controversial and unpopular head coach, Martz
    enters as an uninvited guest, an unwelcome guest. But he's in the door, and no
    one can push this half-mad, maverick, eccentric coach back onto the street.
    He's cleared the velvet rope. He's in the exclusive NFL playoff club.

    "I guess our head coach won't be fired now," running back Marshall Faulk said
    in a fine display of sarcasm.

    But Martz will be fired upon. On the day the Rams survived the New York Jets to
    win 32-29 in overtime, Martz got pounded again by ESPN football analyst Tom
    Jackson. Asked to name the worst coaching decision of the 2004 season, Jackson
    barked "Anytime Mike Martz did anything on the field."

    And Friday, in an interview on the NFL channel on Sirius satellite radio,
    washed-up Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp said Martz was "a little
    on the girlie side." Asked about the Martz vs. Kyle Turley confrontation, Sapp
    apparently fantasized about being in Turley's place and said, "I'll just stomp
    him (Martz) right across his damn head because he really thinks his (stuff)
    don't stink and you really don't like those kind of guys in this league."

    Martz wouldn't win elections, but he does win games.

    As if to annoy those who embrace conventional wisdom, Martz went retro on
    Sunday, taking the Rams back to 1999, having quarterback Marc Bulger sling for
    450 yards against the Jets. Oh, so we want Martz to run the freaking football?
    Well, take a number and get in line. Martz doesn't care what you think, what I
    think, or what the crew at ESPN thinks. He doesn't even care what his assistant
    coaches, bosses or players think. It's always Martz against himself, Martz
    against the world.

    So on Sunday at The Ed, the Rams ran the rock 19 times and put it in the air 42
    times, squandering all of those passing yards with three turnovers and other
    drive-snuffing mistakes. Instead of trying to protect a 21-10 lead by working
    the clock, Mad Mike staged an air show for his critics, and probably hoped to
    crash-land his plane into the press box to make...
    -01-02-2005, 10:19 PM
  • RamDez
    Martz has made repairs, so go easy on the criticism
    by RamDez
    Martz has made repairs, so go easy on the criticism
    By Bernie Miklasz
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Sunday, Aug. 28 2005

    Ayear ago in this space, when assigned to assess the Rams' prospects for 2004,
    I fretted over the Rams' erosion of talent. I expressed anxiety over the state
    of the team's dazed and confused defense, which was symbolized by lightweight

    It was concluded that a 9-7 record was about the best the 2004 Rams could
    accomplish. And we weren't far off, as the Rams finished with an 8-8 record
    that was their ticket to the postseason in a down year for the NFC.

    I am no Nostradamus, or even Chris Mortensen.

    But my optimism over the 2005 Rams exceeds the confidence I had in the 2004
    Rams late last summer.

    Why? There's a historical parallel.

    In 2000, the Rams were doomed by a pathetic, porous defense that was gashed for
    more points than 30 NFL teams and more yards than 23 teams.

    Coach Mike Martz responded aggressively and made the reconstruction of that
    defense his top offseason priority. An influx of talent produced a No. 7
    defensive ranking for points allowed and a No. 3 ranking for yards against, and
    the Rams' offense had the support it needed to go 14-2 and return to the Super

    After last season's lurching performance, Martz arrived at a similar
    intersection before 2005. The Rams' defense was terrible last season, ranking
    25th in points allowed and 17th in yards against. The futile attempt to cover
    up this defense was ripped open and exposed by Michael Vick, Warrick Dunn and
    the Atlanta Falcons in the humiliating defeat that ran the Rams out of the
    Georgia Dome and the 2004 postseason.

    On a lesser scale, when compared to the makeover in 2001, Martz tried to fix
    his defense and special teams by hiring free-agent linebackers Chris Claiborne
    and Dexter Coakley and adding fresh legs to the secondary. He also addressed
    the philosophical and personnel problems on special teams. Martz was determined
    to fill in the holes.

    Because of salary-cap issues, Martz and the Rams weren't able to overhaul the
    defense as dramatically as they did before 2001, but the new pieces should fit
    nicely to solidify weak spots. The Rams should go 11-5 and prevail in the
    mediocre NFC West, and if the offense takes off and soars the way Martz expects
    it to, this group has a shot to play for the NFC championship.

    OK . . .

    Is this the point in the column where I'm supposed to psychoanalyze Martz?

    Well, I'm handing in my pop psychology license.

    Martz will be evaluated here based on how he coaches and how his team performs
    under his leadership. It's what I've tried to do, pro and...
    -08-28-2005, 07:14 AM