We finally have an update on where the Raiders’ search for a new offensive coordinator stands. According to Steve Corkran the first name that has appeared in the rumor mill is former St. Louis Rams head coach Mike Martz.
Of course Martz’s days as a head coach have long since been over. After being fired from his gig in St. Louis Martz has made stops in San Francisco, Detroit and Chicago serving in an offensive coordinator capacity.
The good news is Martz has earned the reputation as a progressive offensive mind very much the opposite of the bland design of Greg Knapp. Martz was largely credited for creating the Rams’ Greatest Show on Turf offense that set the football world on fire.
The bad news is Martz also has a reputation for putting the offensive in offensive coordinator. His personality has been known to rub many the wrong way and he has a tendency to be stubborn in his play calling. That’s something that will not stand in Oakland not after going through an entire year of being told to be patient with Knapp’s offense.
No telling the level of interest the Raiders have in hiring Martz. This could be nothing more than a starting point. No doubt Dennis Allen will wonder what each candidate he interviews has in mind for getting the most out of Darren McFadden. Last season saw McFadden reach record lows in his production. That too cannot happen again.
Also in coaching news, the Raiders are said to have reached out to former Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line coach turned defensive coach reverting back to O-line coach Juan Castillo for the job of coaching up Oakland’s line.