ALLEN PARK - The Detroit Lions have offered the position of offensive coordinator to former St. Louis Rams head coach Mike Martz. Martz is expected to arrive in Detroit today (Tuesday) if he decides to accept the job to work out the parameters of his responsibility and authority.
Lions head coach Rod Marinelli apparently feels that Martz is the right man to install the Lions new offensive philosophy that will marry elements of the so-called "Greatest Show on Turf" (henceforth, to be known simply as "The Show") attack and the new Lions head man's wishes for a physical running scheme.
Martz is known as one of the foremost offensive innovators in football as architect of one of the highest scoring groups in recent history as offensive coordinator and then head coach of the Rams.
Martz was apparently been informed of the hiring of wide receivers coach Kippy Brown and offensive line coach Larry Beightol for the same positions in Detroit and has no problem working with either man. If Martz takes the position, he will have input on the new running backs and quarterbacks coaches, still to be named.
The rub on Martz supposedly has been his 'huge ego' and his likely candidacy for head coaching positions in 2007 if the Lions offense takes a quick upturn.
However, a contrite and humble Martz appeared on ESPN's "Quite Frankly" with Philadelphia sports columnist Stephen A. Smith and openly admitted his mistakes and stating that he would not only consider a coordinators job, but also even a role as a quarterback's coach.
Detroit, likely feels confident and might even ask for assurances that Martz will stay for at least two seasons and even they do not, they could groom a capable candidate in the new system to step up in the event of his departure.
Detroit has also kept in touch with Bengals wide receivers coach Hue Jackson. Jackson is a strong candidate due to his handling of Cincinnati's volatile receiving corps including emerging star Chad Johnson along with T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Peter Warrick. Jackson has previously worked with Marinelli and the two have maintained contact over the years.
Jackson would once again be in the mix if agreement cannot or is not reached with Martz.
Lions current coaching staff
Head coach: Rod Marinelli
Offensive line coach: Larry Beightol
Wide receivers coach: Kippy Brown
Defensive coordinator: Donnie Henderson
Special teams coordinator: Chuck Priefer
Asst special teams coach: Don Clemons