Lions To Name Martz Offensive Coordinator

According to a St. Louis radio report, the Detroit Lions will hire former Rams' head coach to become the team's next offensive coordinator. Terms of the deal are still being discussed.

ALLEN PARK - The Detroit Lions will name former St. Louis Rams head coach Mike Martz as their offensive coordinator under new head coach Rod Marinelli.

Martz will sign a one-year deal with an option for about $2 million dollars annually and could carry the additional title of assistant head coach.

Martz will go to work with Marinelli to install a version of the so-called "Greatest Show on Turf" offense that was the league's most prolific offense for a three-year stretch from 1999-to-2001.

Marinelli relied heavily on a recommendation of his close friend Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, who thinks very highly of Martz. Smith was the defensive coordinator under Martz in St. Louis. Martz fits the profile of a detail oriented 'teacher' that was set by Marinelli.

St. Louis Rams receiver Torry Holt, speaking to WXYT on radio row at the Super Bowl spoke in glowing terms of Martz but warned the offensive players, especially the receivers, that they would be challenged to make a play every down and that Martz is a great teacher who is very detail oriented.

"For this guy, you have to make plays every single down," said Holt. "He'll tear you down and rebuild you to prominence.

"With his presence, you can't just do what you want. You just can't get off-page and do what you want to do because he's seen the best, he's produced the best. I think a lot of the Lions will be very humbled with his presence."

Martz is expected to bring his former running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery in the same capacity and groom him as his successor. The moves leave only the quarterbacks coaching position to still be named by the team.

Former Lions linebackers coach Johnnie Holland was named to the same position with the Buffalo Bills under new head coach Dick Jauron.

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