- Martz Confirms he is Out as Offensive Coordinator
Mike Martz in a discussion with the Detroit News Lion Beat writer Mike O’Hara yesterday confirmed that he will no longer be the Lions Offensive Coordinator. Martz was very complimentary of Head Coach Rod Marinelli and thinks the Lions are on the right path. Here are some quotes from the story directly from Martz:
“I’m out — that’s it”
Martz did not say he was fired and when asked if he could have remained with the Lions responded:
“Yeah, probably,” Martz said. “It’s really time for me to move on. I think it’s all good. I went there because of Rod. I think he’s a great man of high character. He’s an excellent head coach. He’s going to do very well.
“I think they’re headed in the right direction. It’s just time for a change. I’ve got nothing but good things to be said about that organization.”
Martz disputed numerous reports that he clashed with Marinelli over how much to run the ball:
“I never had that discussion with Rod,” Martz said. “I think we did what we had to do to try to win games. I think we ended up throwing the ball way more than we liked to.”
Source: Detroit News – Mike O’Hara
- Jim Colletto New Offensive Coordinator
Jim Colletto the 2007 Offensive Line coach for the Lions will be promoted to Offensive Coordinator for the 2008 Season. Kippy Brown, who was rumored to be in line to be Offensive Coordinator, will be named Assistant Head Coach and Passing Game Coordinator along with coaching the running backs.
The Lions have not confirmed any of the promotions or even if Martz has left the organization.
Your ‘Lion Eyes’ blogger wonders if any changes will be made with the Defensive Coaching staff considering the following indictment of the Lions Defense in 2007:
- 32nd in Overall Defense
- 32nd in Points Allowed
- 32nd in Passing Defense
- Allowed 70.1% of Passes to be Completed an NFL Record