Mike Martz

Mike Martz

Super Bowl Champion Coach

Mike Martz is a former NFL head coach and offensive coordinator, most notably for the St. Louis Rams. Martz was the OC for the Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” offense in 1999 when they won the Super Bowl.

Martz began his 38-season coaching career as an assistant at seven colleges and universities from 1974-1991 after breaking in at Bullard High School in Fresno, California. His first job  in the NFL came in 1992 as quarterbacks coach for the Rams while they still were in Los Angeles before moving the St. Louis. For 1995-96 in St. Louis, Martz was wide receivers coach and helped Hall of Famer Issac Bruce break out for 119 catches and 1,781 yards in the 1995 season. 

After a two-year stint in Washington as quarterbacks coach, Martz returned to the Rams in 1999 as Dick Vermeil’s offensive coordinator. Despite losing starting quarterback Trent Green to a knee injury in preseason, Martz and the Rams had the No. 1 offense in the NFL, scoring the fourth-most points in NFL history (526).  Vermeil and Martz placed their faith in untested QB Kurt Warner, who wound up NFL MVP that season.

After Vermeil’s retirement in 2000, Martz moved up to head coach of the Rams. In Martz’s second season at the helm, the Rams had a 14-2 record and Warner again was league MVP. The Rams lost Super Bowl XXXVI to New England.

After his tenure with the Rams ended, Martz went on to be offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions (2006-2007), San Francisco 49ers (2008), and Chicago Bears (2010-2011).

In college, Martz played tight end at San Diego Mesa College, Cal-Santa Barbara, and Fresno State. 

Martz is married to his James Madison High School sweetheart, Julie. 

Analysis

Did Steelers WR George Pickens Wrap Up Catch of the Year?

George Pickens’ first-quarter catch “caught everybody’s attention, and rightfully so,” offensive guru Mike Martz said Thursday night. In the video above, Martz explains what impressed him most about the viral play — from Mitch Trubisky’s throw on the run, to Pickens’ tracking ability.

Analysis

Brissett, Stefanski Deserve Credit for Browns’ Dismantling of Steelers

With a 2-1 start and an arch-rival disposed of on Thursday Night Football, things are looking up for the Cleveland Browns. The 33rd Team’s Mike Martz really liked what he saw from the Browns in Week 3, lauding both the play of temporary starter Jacoby Brissett and the planning of third-year head coach Kevin Stefanski […]

Analysis

Expert Takeaways From Chiefs’ 27-24 Win over Chargers

Following Thursday night’s AFC West showdown between Kansas City and the Los Angeles Chargers, analysts Mike Martz, Mitchell Schwartz and Rich Gannon provided their biggest takeaways from the Chiefs’ 27-24 win. A Pick-Six Changed the Tide “Both quarterback and wide receiver were at fault, but Herbert has to be able to see throws in that […]

Analysis

Trubisky off to Rough Start as Steelers’ Starting QB

The Pittsburgh Steelers pulled off a Week 1 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals as time expired in overtime, but The 33rd Team contributor Mike Martz isn’t crediting much of that victory to the team’s new quarterback, Mitch Trubisky. In this video, Martz breaks down why he thinks the Trubisky era as Pittsburgh’s starter is off […]

Analysis

For Trey Lance, Justin Fields Only Way to Go From Here is Up

The 33rd Team contributor Mike Martz didn’t mince words after watching the Bears beat the 49ers on Sunday. The former NFL head coach and longtime coordinator didn’t like what he saw from second-year quarterbacks Trey Lance and Justin Fields. On Lance: “I wouldn’t be surprised to see them go to Jimmy G. in the fourth […]

Analysis

Win over Patriots Shows Tua Tagovailoa’s Maturity as Player

Yes, the Miami Dolphins have helped quarterback Tua Tagovailoa quite a bit by putting talent around him at key offensive positions, but in his team’s 20-7 Week 1 victory over Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, Mike Martz saw a more mature player who has worked on his game. “They’re going to win some […]

Video

Bengals Struggle to Protect Burrow in OT Loss to Steelers

Joe Burrow had 4 turnovers, including a pick-six on his first throw of the game, and was sacked seven times in Pittsburgh’s OT victory over Cincinnati on Sunday. Mike Martz reacted to the Bengals’ offensive line concerns. “He’s such a good player,” Martz said of Burrow. “I wouldn’t worry about how many receivers you get […]

NFL Analysis

Four Takeaways From Bills’ Dominant Victory Over Rams

Editor’s note: After the Buffalo Bills’ dominant victory over the Los Angeles Rams Thursday night, in the NFL’s annual kickoff game, Mike Martz provided four takeaways from the game: Bills’ Offense Outplayed Rams Offensively, the Bills clocked them. They rushed the football a lot on first down, let that clock go, short passes, little option […]

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