The Electric Commentary

Friday, December 03, 2004

How Mike Martz single-handedly turned the NFC into an inferior conference.

The coach of the Rams, mad scientist/offensive genius Mike Martz, is not worthy of his team. From sure-fire Hall of Fame RB Marshall Faulk and up-and-coming star Steven Jackson, to star wideouts Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce, this team is loaded with talent. Even on defense, where the Rams have suffered most of the year, they have several coveted players including Aeneas Williams, Adam Archuleta, and Leonard Little. Their offensive line has declined some over time, but Mark Bulger still has all kinds of time when he drops back to pass in the Rams signature big-play quick strike offense. This team plays in the worst division in football by far, and has one of the league's easiest schedules. It should go at least 10-6, yet the Rams currently linger at 5-6, just barely still in the playoff picture.

Mike Martz deserves all of the blame. Not just some of it. All of it. I won’t bother repeating what longtime readers already know, which is that Mike Martz failure to show any interest in the running games has cost the Rams dozens of games. (Just the other day during the Packers-Rams game a friend and I were openly cheering for Martz not to run the ball. It looked like the Rams could pass on the Pack at will but the lack of running showed up whenever they were close to scoring. As the area defended gets smaller, passing gets harder.)

What is worse is that the Rams are a giant Talent Sink. They have the talent to be a perennial playoff team and Super Bowl contender, but Martz hamstrings them. Because of this, Holt, Bruce, Faulk, Jackson, etc., are going to waste when they could be contributing to a legitimate NFC Super Bowl contender. Move Tory Holt to any other NFC team (other than the 49ers) and you probably create another playoff team. Put Bulger on the Bears or the Cardinals or the Redskins or the Giants or the Lions or the Saints and you might have another playoff team. The AFC has some Talent Sinks too, but none rival the Rams for getting the least out of their players. Because the Rams are talented but inept, only a few teams in the NFC are playoff worthy, and anyone who can get to .500 is a potential playoff participant.

So here’'s to Mike Martz. I salute you for giving hope to millions of people everywhere. Bears fans, Lions fans, Cardinals fans, Giants fans, ...

The Rams play the 49ers this week, possibly without the services of Marshall Faulk. My longtime theory holds that the Rams play very well when their QB gets hurt because it forces Martz to run the ball. That is, until he gains confidence in the new quarterback. I don't know that Martz likes Marshall running the ball anymore anyway, so I don't think it will matter much. However, it may cause him to go even more pass-wacky than normal. If this is the case, the Rams will lose to the terrible 49ers.

In other news, Barry Bonds did '‘roids. And also, Michael Jackson has had some plastic surgery done.

The Packers play the Eagles in the “4th and 26 Bowl” on Sunday. The important question: Can the Packers continue to put up big numbers on offense against the Eagles without turning the ball over? Ahman is hurt, and if he plays I fear a fumble. I like the Eagles, but I hope I’m wrong. I also hope if TO does any sit-ups that he pulls an abdominal muscle.

Finally, here is a nice four-game parlay, if you’re into that kind of thing:

CHARGERS (-3) over Broncos
Falcons (+1.5) over BUCS
Panthers (+1) over SAINTS
COLTS (-11) over Titans

For more, here are the Sports Guy's Picks. And Ahren's.

And because this week and next week are the last weeks of regular season Fantasy Football for most people, good luck.


  • I don't understand why he is responsible for the whole conference.

    By Blogger RyanSimatic, at 9:19 PM  

  • I think Pauls point is that he not only ruins the Rams by being such a shitty coach, but he also ruins other teams by not giving them the good layers he has but doesn't use. Obviously he can't just give them away, but the point is that if he's not using them, a different NFC team could be and would be good.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 10:59 PM  

  • The 49ers are an NFC team. Who from the Rams is going to lift them out of their hole?

    By Blogger RyanSimatic, at 2:37 PM  

  • If you put the Rams O-line on the 49ers they're a playoff team (Especially if Julian Peterson doesn't break his leg). With Barlow not getting killed all year, and Rattay having time to throw, they are definitely competitive in the sorry NFC. That's really the biggest piece missing. Throw in Bulger at QB and they are looking even better.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 2:43 PM  

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