Former coach Mike Martz looks to have finally gotten it right when assessing Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay.
Remember, the former Rams head coach from the St. Louis edition, went on the record in August to slam the rookie head coach.
“What is he, a couple of months older than Jared? They hired a buddy for Jared,” Martz is quoted to have said in an excerpt from a book, Blitzed: Why NFL Teams Gamble on Starting Rookie Quarterbacks.
While Martz has backed off those comments, they were stunning and remarkably premature given McVay had yet to coach a game during the regular season. Since, the Rams first year head coach has guided Los Angeles to first place in the NFC West and a 7-2 record. Meanwhile, his “buddy” Jared Goff has made the kind of improvement that has him being spoken of as a potential league MVP candidate.
Author, and NFL reporter Thomas George, who attributed those and additional comments in his book, Blitzed, has Martz taking some additional shots at McVay that make him look both bitter and out of touch:
"“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. Right, he’s going to be able to teach and handle and guide Jared through tough times because of all of his expertise and knowledge? Right. I’m not going to drink that Kool-Aid.”"
McVay, who didn’t dignity the comments, is having the last laugh. Through nine games, he’s shown how boneheaded Martz is, and how bad a coach his predecessor, Jeff Fisher was.
Martz is singing a different tune these days. In a text to MMQB, he now says, “McVay should be coach of the year,” adding, “Balanced team, offense, defense, special teams, all playing well. His attention to detail and leadership is remarkable!”
After three months and a 7-2 record, Martz looks to finally get what everyone else does.