St. Louis Rams head coach Mike Martz

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Mike Martz Accepts Head Coaching Job In San Diego For New Pro Football League

The former St. Louis Rams head coach told KMOX he has "tentatively" accepted the job in the AAF.

June 20, 2018 - 12:56 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Mike Martz has stayed out of the limelight in football since he ended his 19-year NFL coaching career in 2011, but he will return to the professional game next February in San Diego. Martz will be a head coach in the recently announced Alliance of American Football. 

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The AAF is the new professional spring league created by television and film producer Charlie Ebersol, Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian, four-time All-Pro Jared Allen and two-time Super Bowl champions Justin Tuck and Troy Polamalu. The eight-team league will play its first games on Feb. 9, 2019, one week after Super Bowl LIII, with one game per week airing live on CBS. 

Martz was among the first head coaches to be announced by the league, KMOX learned of his hire in April.

"I agreed to do it here in San Diego," Martz told KMOX's Mike Claiborne. "It's being formalized now, but I tentatively agreed to do it."

The full interview with Martz will air on the next episode of Claiborne's Sports and More show on KMOX, next Thursday. 

Martz currently lives in San Diego – the city which just lost the Chargers franchise to Los Angeles at the start of last year's NFL season. 

Martz's career in the NFL included a Super Bowl victory in 2000 with St. Louis, as offensive coordinator under Dick Vermeil. The next year he was named head coach in St. Louis and two seasons later took the Rams back to the Super Bowl. He was 53-32 in six years with St. Louis, then between 2006-11 was an offensive coordinator in Detroit, San Francisco and Chicago. Since 2011 he hasn't coached in the NFL.

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Since the announcement of the AAF in February, Martz's name was rumored among a number for former NFL coaches as possible targets. The Sporting News listed his name along side Mike Singletary, Rick Neuheisel, Jeff Fischer, Rob Ryan, Pepper Johnson and Jim Fassel.

"I thought, what a great opportunity to hire a bunch of former players, mixed in with some coaches that are done coaching, that are good mentors for them, that have this wealth of information," Martz says. "And it can be a league that is preparing them for the NFL."

Each team in the league will have a roster of 50 players, created through regional drafts. The rules of the game have a few differences from the NFL, including two-and-half hour games, 30-second play clock, no kickoffs and mandatory 2-point conversions. The teams will all be owned by the league itself.

Martz believes a benefit of the league will not only be for the development of NFL players, but also NFL coaches.

"How do you teach them how to coach the right way? I think this is a great opportunity to do that," Martz says. 

The AAF is currently selling season tickets for the Orlando Alliance, who will play at University of Central Florida's Spectrum Stadium.