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Martz: What, me worry?

"I'm financially secure. I think I can get another job if I have to, don't you think? I'm not going to worry about that. I don't coach out of fear. I never have and never will anymore. I did it one time, but the last thing in the world I'm worried about is losing my job. I love what I do. Should the day come when I'm not wanted here, then you just move on. But, I'm not going to worry about that." -- St. Louis coach Mike Martz</p>

Q: How's the state of the team?

Martz: Pretty good, actually. In some respects we are back on the mend, offensively. We are getting better. Special teams we have kind of cleaned up a little bit and defensively there are some things we have to fix, obviously but we are working on it.

Q: Are you a little frustrated by how the season's gone?

Martz: Absolutely. We'd like to have two or three more wins and we feel like we could and should but we don't. That's the reality but every team feels that way.

Q: How has been for you enduring criticism as a coach?

Martz: I couldn't tell you because I live in a dungeon and honestly for the last two years I have never read a newspaper or seen a television sports program of any type. Our P.R. people tell me what I need to know if there is an issue that needs my attention, but I really couldn't tell you if there was any criticism, nor do I care to be honest with you.

Q: Do you feel lilke you are getting tougher questions from the media now?

Martz: No. It's just as vicious as it's always been (Laughs). I think after a loss they take great pride in asking me if I slept last night. Other than that, no.

Q: Did you sleep last night?

Martz: I sleep every night like a baby.

Q: Since you don't read the papers, are you looking at Sunday as an automatic win?

Martz: (Laughs). Come on. No, there are no automatics in anything. No. Nope. To answer your question, no. And that's an honest answer.

Q: How you been pleased with the offensive identity your team is developing?

Martz: Oh, I'm getting really excited about these young players and how they fit in. To tell you who are really playing well are our two young receivers who are catching fire. The quarterback right now is playing as well as anybody we have ever had here. Absolutely the offensive line has some issues, but those are being resolved. So the future and direction that the offense is heading in I am very optimistic about.

Q: How is your running back situation playing out?

Martz: That's been a 50-50 deal throughout the year. I'm going to leave that to (running back coach) Wilbert (Montgomery). I don't pay any attention to it. It doesn't matter to me who is in the game. I don't call any plays differently with one or the other. I think a lot of it too is where Marshall or Steven would play if there is a lot more wear and tear. And that's up to Marshall. He'll take himself out if he feels like he needs to come out and I don't really pay any attention to it.

Q: Can you still win the division at this point in the season?

Martz: Absolutely. No question that we can. Obviously, we have to get a lot better in some areas that we mentioned need improvement. We need to step back defensively. We need to get back on track there and play very well down the stretch. I think anything can happen, sure.

Q: Facing the 49ers secondary, do you expect to let it fly down the field?

Martz: Well, that is kind of just what we do. I'm not sure that it has a lot to do with who you are playing. We've gotten away from our original premise that we didn't pay any attention to who we are playing other than what they do defensively and preparing for those structures and then you just go. We started going back to that conservative thing where you kind of just plough through there and get worried about who this guy is and who that guy is. We don't worry about that anymore. We're back to where we were before. It doesn't matter to me. We just go on up and do what we do.

Q: Do you feel your team can go deep into the playoffs?

Martz: Sure they do. There is no question with these guys. In my opinion with this team, we can accomplish anything we want to accomplish. We've got some guys that are learning to play and we got some veterans that haven't played as well as they had, and that is a bad combination. But, when they settle down, the potential is certainly there.

Q: For your own future there, do you have to go deep into the playoffs?

Martz: (Laughs). You just couldn't help yourself, could you? I could care less about that stuff. re you kidding me? The last thing in the world I worry about is my job security. I'm just sorry.

Q: Why is that?

Martz: Why should I? I'm financially secure. I think I can get another job if I have to, don't you think? I'm not going to worry about that. I don't coach out of fear. I never have and never will anymore. I did it one time, but the last thing in the world I'm worried about is losing my job. I love what I do. Should the day come when I'm not wanted here, then you just move on. But, I'm not going to worry about that. Heaven's sake.

Q: Do you think there are coaches who worrry about that and dig their own grave?

Martz: Sure you do. I did that for a long time and you just have to get away from that. I'm fortunate that I have the financial security. When my kids and my wife, you know, something would happen, that is where you worry about it and that has been established. That is out of the question anymore. So, I really love what I do and I love it here. This organization has been extremely good to me. I'm sure there will be a day eventually when maybe that is not the case, but for right now it is just not a topic, really.


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