Mike Martz made some interesting, if not ill-timed comments about Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay in the soon to be released book, “Blitzed: Why NFL Teams Gamble On Starting Rookie Quarterbacks.”
SB Nation provides an excerpt from the book by Thomas George, “Blitzed: Why NFL Teams Gamble On Starting Rookie Quarterbacks”,, and Martz takes the hammer to McVay leaving one to wonder if he is bitter, pissed, or just an old man yelling at the NFL’s youngest head coach to “get off his lawn.”
Whatever it is, the opinion is low, and he doesn’t mince his words.
In 2016, Martz was asked to work with both would be rookie quarterbacks, Carson Wentz and Jared Goff. While he’d have little negative to say about either prospect, he had a remarkably low opinion of the team Goff would end up being drafted by.
To his credit, Martz was correct in his assessment of where Goff ended up, in that he went to a Rams team just relocated to Los Angeles, and with head coach in Jeff Fisher.
"“I watched the Rams offense last season. It was awful football. There was nobody there on that staff that could teach him, develop him. You have a high-value guy like that and he went to the worst offensive place, the Rams.”"
No argument there. Los Angeles was every bit as bad as there 4-12 record.
His comments however on McVay are interesting, if not premature.
"“What is he, a couple of months older than Jared? They hired a buddy for Jared. The NFL has nothing to do with being the friend or the buddy of the quarterback. You’ve got to coach them and work them hard with respect. But buddy? And this guy is a quarterback expert? An offensive expert? Wait a minute while I puke.”"
McVay is two preseason games into his first year as a head coach.
I’ll concede that an 0-2 record in exhibition play isn’t how to judge, positive or negative, how good an NFL coach McVay may or may not ultimately be. But I’ll give the Rams credit for taking a chance on someone who is the antithesis of the Fisher regime.
Martz comes of as bitter and resentful. Maybe because his head coaching career has been allocated to the dust bin of NFL history, or perhaps because of some back story yet to reveal itself.
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The idea that Los Angeles went out and got a guy like McVay will ultimately be judged by what happens to Goff. If the relationship flourishes for a variety of reasons that may or may not include being close in age, then so be it.
And frankly, who cares so long as it’s a successful partnership?
The National Football League is a results oriented business. McVay hasn’t had such an opportunity, Martz has. While he is accurate in his assessment of the Rams in the aftermath of an awful season, he has no accurate knowledge of what McVay may ultimately do.
If the Goff/McVay relationship results in winning football games in Los Angeles, Martz will look like the bitter old man he comes off of in this book.
And that would be unfortunate.