Published: August 25th, 2009 | Tags: Charles Davis, Devin Hester, Jim Mora, Marc Bulger, Marshall Faulk, Michael Vick, Mike Martz, Philadelphia Eagles, Steve Mariucci, The NFL Head Coaches, Total Access
Former NFL head coach and offensive guru Mike Martz is joining NFL Network’s Total Access as an analyst this week, and Tuesday, he took some time for a live chat on NFL.com. Chatting football — especially offense — with Martz is a unique opportunity, and most of Tuesday’s talk focused on the offensive side of the ball.
We found out today that Michael Vick will make his debut for the Eagles on Thursday night. When the topic of Vick came up, Martz said he would approach the situation by first working in Vick as a No. 2 quarterback. Once Vick is comfortable there, Martz would begin to explore ways of getting him on the field in other capacities and putting the ball in his hands.
“There’s so many things you can do with him just at the quarterback position before you get on to some other things potentially,” Martz said on Total Access. “They’ve got to get him grounded at the quarterback position — however long that takes — before they think about doing some other things.”
Here’s what Martz had to say about some other topics:
On how to use Bears WR Devin Hester: “Offensively, when you put Devin inside a slot and move him around, there’s a mismatch in coverage. You can still get him deep in the middle of the field, too. It’s so easy to get a slot receiver the ball, compared to an outside receiver. The route running should never be an issue — that’s just being a pro and learning it. But getting the ball to him quickly in slot and letting him go with it is key.”
On Rams QB Marc Bulger: “His talent has never been in question. He’s an elite player. The biggest question has been what’s going on around him, in terms of his receivers and offensive line. They’ve had a tough time protecting him. Marc hasn’t changed.”
On the most gifted player he has coached: “That list starts with Marshall Faulk. No one else is even close, unless Michael Jordan was playing football.”
This fall, Martz will debut as an analyst on The NFL Head Coaches on NFL Network, when he’s joined by Steve Mariucci, Jim Mora and host Charles Davis on the half-hour show every Monday night. The show debuts on Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. ET.