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  • Bernie on Martz

    BernieM wrote:

    I haven't come around to anyone's way of thinking.

    I've always taken Martz to task when warranted.

    But unlike some of you, I also try to be fair about the guy.

    Last year was a strong coaching performance by Martz, and anyone who didn't recognize this doesn't know football or else has a really bad jones for Martz.

    As I have said before, I don't play to mobs. I think for myself.

    This year, he's been erratic and uneven and distracted. I figured trouble
    was setting in when he started doing bizarre paranoid stuff with the media, in October. Martz became convinced that someone with the media was watching plays in practice and telling other teams, just because the reporter kept walking out of practice, talking into a cell phone. Nothing could be further from the truth; Martz was cracking. Martz also banned a Rams intern from practice because the Rams were getting ready for Tampa Bay and the young man had briefly interned for Tampa Bay. Nuts. Sad.

    And it doesn't impact me whatsoever, so please refrain from your theories about this is why I've been harder on Martz. It simply does not matter to me, because I have no interest in watching practice or wasting afternoons at Rams Park. But I know Martz enough to be able to have a good instinct for when he's going into the real Mad Mike mode -- mad as in a little crazy. And his media stuff is usually the first warning sign, and indicates a larger problem.

    When Martz is freaking out and heading into the meltdown mode, it always surfaces first with his media relations. He gets really strange; starts to do control-freak stuff that's transparent and comical. I last saw it in 2002 but he pulled his head together over the offseason and was ready to coach again in 2003.

    Anyway....

    Shaw is on the case.

    Martz is already talking about giving Fairchild more responsibility in 2005.

    Cheers,
    Bernie

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    Re: Bernie on Martz

    Martz is already talking about giving Fairchild more responsibility in 2005.
    Good. Maybe then he will know what players are on the field...LOL

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    • #3
      Re: Bernie on Martz

      It simply does not matter to me, because I have no interest in watching practice or wasting afternoons at Rams Park.
      Isn't that your job Bernie???
      This space for rent...

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      • #4
        Re: Bernie on Martz

        Originally posted by Bernie
        Martz is already talking about giving Fairchild more responsibility in 2005.
        Interestingly enough, Howard Balzer is reporting that on Martz's Monday night radio show, Martz said he's considered giving Fairchild play-calling duties for next season.

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        • #5
          Re: Bernie on Martz

          What? Too late to start now? I mean, supposedly we still have a chance at the post season...
          This space for rent...

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          • #6
            Re: Bernie on Martz

            I'm glad Martz will be relieving himself somewhat, not sure why it didn't come sooner. Hopefully Fairchild is up to the task.

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            • #7
              Re: Bernie on Martz

              Originally posted by DJRamFan
              I'm glad Martz will be relieving himself somewhat, not sure why it didn't come sooner. Hopefully Fairchild is up to the task.
              Not gonna touch that statement...

              Oh yeah I am...

              Originally posted by DJRamFan
              I'm glad Martz will be relieving himself somewhat, not sure why it didn't come sooner. Hopefully Fairchild is up to the task.
              Hey, he's been p*ssing away this teams potential since he took over...

              :confused:

              (Yeah yeah, I expect this to be deleted, my rating to drop, my birthday taken away, bannination, etc...)

              I actually mean it more jokingly than truthfully...
              This space for rent...

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              • #8
                Re: Bernie on Martz

                Originally posted by thoey
                Not gonna touch that statement...

                Oh yeah I am...



                Hey, he's been p*ssing away this teams potential since he took over...

                :confused:

                (Yeah yeah, I expect this to be deleted, my rating to drop, my birthday taken away, bannination, etc...)

                I actually mean it more jokingly than truthfully...
                Just plead temporary insanity. I mean if DJ is going to make a statement (however innocent it is) that refers to Martz "relieving himself", you have to jump on it. If you didn't, somebody else would have. :redface: I mean, you're only human.
                The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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                • #9
                  Re: Bernie on Martz

                  I was just happy to be able to log back in...

                  Insanity, I tell ya... That's what it was...

                  ;)
                  This space for rent...

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                  • #10
                    Re: Bernie on Martz

                    it will be interesting to see what flexibility Maartz gives to Fairchild.

                    does he have to to call for 4 WR's with a porous O-Line or will he be able to incorporate some basic football when common sense says it's needed?

                    it will be interesting to see how flexilbe he can be before Martz pulls the plug on that idea.

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                    • RamWraith
                      Some Bernie--a lot about Martz
                      by RamWraith
                      Some Bernie--

                      On Martz
                      A few responses:

                      * I haven't hesitated to criticize Martz when warranted. That's what some of you apparently forget. I wrote two columns disagreeing with his strategy in the days after the Carolina loss. The difference is, I took a reasoned approach. I wasn't demanding that he be castrated, or anything like that. Some of the reaction by fans to that game bordered on bloodlust.

                      * I did review the list of "leftover" players submitted here. Sorry that you missed it.

                      * Martz's gameday management should be better. How many times have I written that? Many. But I also think this "he isn't a head coach" stuff is ludicrous. Anyone who wins at a rate of .672 as a head coach through an ongoing roster transition is doing a lot of things right. But the hatred of Martz has become so insane -- and it truly is insane -- that now I get e-mails from fans telling me that Martz doesn't deserve credit for the offense. That's right; now some folks don't even want to acknowledge that he put together this offense. It's been one big accident. Luck. That is lunacy.

                      * As for Vermeil and Tony Banks and history. and me not knowing what went on....I I don't mean to be disrespectful, but it's humorous when other people tell me what really went on in those days, and how I'm wrong....and yet I was there, and the people who are telling me I'm wrong were not.

                      Shaw encouraged Vermeil to make a change at QB in the meeting after the 1998 season. Vermeil was hedging. He had Martz review tapes of Banks, and wanted an honest, no-holds assessment. After they signed Trent Green, I visited Martz in his office. I wanted to get a handle on Green, and Martz was kind enough to show me some video of Green in Washington. Vermeil walks into the office and makes some comments about Green, and with me right there, he thanks Martz for being the one to lead the charge on signing Trent. Later, Martz then had told me the story about how Dick asked him to review Tony Banks, because Dick was strongly inclined to stick with Banks...but after reviewing Banks, Martz told Vermeil, "if we play Banks this season, we'll all be fired, Dick." Vermeil, laughing, confirmed that story to me at a much later date.

                      Along these lines...when Green went down, I called Shaw up late that night and asked what they planned to do...he was crushed. He said there was debate inside the organization; Vermeil wanted to sign Jeff Hostetler, and Martz was trying to nudge him into going with Warner. (I don't think Martz was a Hostetler fan). Vermeil made the right decision. And the bottom line is, he made the decision so he gets credit. Perhaps Shaw was overstating DV's interest in Hoss; I tend to doubt that. But it would also be ignorant to pretend that Martz had no influence.

                      So please....I've told these stories many times. I know exactly what was...
                      -08-16-2004, 06:11 AM
                    • RamWraith
                      The Bernie Speaks
                      by RamWraith
                      On Martz bashing:

                      BernieM wrote:
                      This has got to be the most shrill thread in the history of the Press Box.

                      I got a good laugh at the post where the 12th Ram said, basically, that I should rely on facts rather than sensationalism and speculation.

                      Which is beautifully ironic, since I constantly rely on facts in discussing Martz's credentials instead of falling back on the blind outrage that we see so often in here from Martz's critics.

                      I always stick to the facts when assessing Martz.

                      He has a winning percentage that's the 4th highest among NFL head coaches since the merger (50-game minimum). And his won-loss percentage compared to all previous STL head coaches, Cardinals and Rams. And the STL's NFL record before Martz arrived in a leadership position (1999) and after he arrived. And the five-year run of offense that's one of the most prolific in NFL history. And the fact that he's turned the team back around after the early-season collapse in 2002, when he had to transition to another QB. They've won 20 of 29 games since then, a winning percentage of .689. And someone -- I forget who -- actually referred in here to the Rams here as "mediocre."

                      His team's playoff performances (super bowl 2001, and vs. Carolina last year) have been disappointing. I will not contest that.

                      But I respect his entire body of work as a coach.

                      I also respect passion, but somewhere along the line, some of you have lost perspective.

                      Cheers,
                      Bernie


                      On a poster's statement that Martz has not brought in great players:

                      BernieM wrote:
                      This gets better all the time.

                      I'll go down the list provided by one of the Martz haters in here:

                      Faulk....Pre-Martz. CLARIFICATION: Vermeil wanted to trade Faulk during Marshall's holdout. Martz and others convinced him otherwise. Faulk was in DV's doghouse early in the season because he wanted to save his legs by not practicing all of the time. Martz intervened. I suppose a reasonable person would also acknowledge that Faulk seemed to do well in the Martz offense.

                      Bruce....Pre-Martz. CLARIFICATION: DV and Bruce had a problem. They didn't like each other. Vermeil called Bruce out, referring to him as a "so-called team leader." Bruce was crushed. He also developed a serious hamstring problem because of DV's marathon practices. One of the reasons Shaw wanted to hire Martz was because Martz had a special relationship with Bruce and the Rams needed to get Bruce back on track.

                      Holt....Pre-Martz. CLARIFICATION: False. Martz was already in place as the offensive coordinator and autonomous leader of the offense when the Rams made the decision to draft Holt. Martz worked Holtz out before the draft, and recommended drafting him. As did others in the organization.
                      ...
                      -09-17-2004, 06:28 AM
                    • RamWraith
                      THe Bernie comments on the Martz situation
                      by RamWraith
                      The big guy had this opinion to give....


                      My belief is that Martz has had enough, and rather than expose himself to more of this, he's going underground where isn't exposed to more contamination.

                      The next test will come when it's time for a contract extension for him after this season -- and we'll see Shaw tap dance and wiggle out.

                      It is my belief that Martz has coached his last game for the Rams.

                      You are right: I wrote about the Rams/Martz friction after last season, and wrote about a couple of times this season, and I remember in each instance all of the "experts" and "insiders" on the Rams' internet boards all but accused me of making it up.

                      Gee, they're awfully quiet these days.


                      --B
                      -10-24-2005, 05:56 PM
                    • Nick
                      Bernie: In sizing up Rams, buck must stop at Martz's desk
                      by Nick
                      In sizing up Rams, buck must stop at Martz's desk
                      By Bernie Miklasz
                      Of the Post-Dispatch
                      Sunday, Nov. 28 2004

                      In recent troubling weeks, head coach Mike Martz has offered acidic critiques
                      of the Rams' special teams, soft physical play, and the lax attitude of his
                      young players.

                      It's been interesting to see Martz try to transform his team's personality by
                      recasting his own image as a tough-guy coach. I'm not sure the players will buy
                      into Martz as Bill Parcells Lite, but we'll find out.

                      Martz has declined to single players out by name - save for roughing up punter
                      Sean Landeta, of course. That's OK; anyone who pays attention to the mediocre
                      5-5 Rams can easily fill in the blanks. The offensive line and defense
                      routinely get pounded, so no elaboration by Martz is necessary. We don't
                      require binoculars to see the weak areas.

                      I'm no serial Martz basher. He has pluses as a coach, and I refuse to join his
                      irrational mob of hateful, petty critics who won't give him even a small nod of
                      appreciation for his successes.

                      That said, I have to call him out.

                      The Rams are in a state of decline, or chaos, or both. And Martz without
                      question is the person most responsible for the distressing reality at Rams
                      Park. Martz is more than a coach; he's a virtual football CEO. Martz was given
                      considerable authority by Rams management. Martz is also the de facto general
                      manager; he only answers to team president John Shaw.

                      When Martz analyzes game video, he's seeing his own creation.

                      Let's go down the list:

                      SPECIAL TEAMS: Martz never prioritized special teams, and they've been inferior
                      since he took over as head coach in 2000. This is no coincidence. Martz doesn't
                      draft enough players based on what they might add to the special teams. He
                      doesn't have the special teams in mind when he makes cuts and shapes his
                      roster. He apparently doesn't worry about the special teams when writing the
                      inactive list before games. (The Rams' two leading special-teams tacklers
                      didn't suit up last Sunday in Buffalo). And Martz has allowed other assistants
                      to undermine his special teams coaches.

                      DEFENSE: Martz gave former defensive coordinator Lovie Smith a substantial
                      voice in drafting players to stock the defense. Because of personnel
                      miscalculations the Rams are left with an undersized, passive defense that's
                      mauled at the point of attack. When Smith left to become the Chicago Bears'
                      head coach, Martz hired an old friend, Larry Marmie. In fairness to Marmie, he
                      inherited this collection of smallish underachievers from Smith, and that isn't
                      his fault. Perhaps in time we will recognize that Marmie was...
                      -11-28-2004, 03:05 AM
                    • RamWraith
                      The Bernie on Martz and his illness
                      by RamWraith
                      This doesn't sound good boys and girls.



                      sorry I'm slow to report on this, but I'm at Busch Stadium today, tending to off-day interviews in preparation of writing for tomorrow's column-
                      -------------------------------------------------

                      Here's the deal on Martz:

                      First, a statement from him:

                      “I have been ill for four or five weeks. Our medical staff is in the process of evaluating a number of diagnostic tests to determine the cause. Dr. (Doug) Pogue suspects a bacterial infection of a heart valve called endocarditis. This can’t be confirmed for a number of days until a series of blood tests are concluded. Diagnosed early, this can be treated through a lengthy series of antibiotics with full recovery.

                      “However, this infection causes a great deal of fatigue and is somewhat debilitating. Consequently, I will limit my work day as much as possible until I can start to recover. I will not be at practice Wednesday or Thursday. Assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt will act on my behalf when I am unavailable.”

                      As of right now, Martz definitely plans to coach vs. Seattle on Sunday....that is his intention.... I also know the doctors are warning him to take this seriously -- they've been on his case for a few weeks, telling him he needs more rest. But Martz works 18-hour days (at least). I think he's sufficiently worried now.

                      I know a lot of people in town hate this guy because he doesn't coach in a way that pleases them, but I hope he gets well, because he's a good guy with a family who loves him.

                      --B
                      -10-05-2005, 02:35 PM
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