Raiders Interview Mike Martz for Offensive Coordinator

D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 12, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 25:  Offensive coordinator Mike Martz of the Chicago Bears watches warm-ups before a game against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 25, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 27-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Finally there is news on the Oakland Raiders' search to fill the offensive coordinator vacancy left from the firing of Greg Knapp on December 31.  

After 13 days of silence, the Raiders reportedly interviewed Mike Martz, who has been out of football since 2011, when he was the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears.

Martz was at his best as a coach when he led the St.Louis Rams offense, which appeared in two Super Bowls (one win) and was dubbed as the greatest show on turf.  

In the last decade, Martz has had stops in Detroit, San Francisco and Chicago before he was left out of the NFL in 2012.  Since leaving the Rams, Martz has not been as successful as he was when working with Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt and Issac Bruce.

I am not a fan of this idea.

Martz best days are behind him.  His offenses have been on the decline since leaving the Rams.  His stops in Detroit and San Francisco from 2006-2008 were some of the worse teams in the NFL.

Hopefully, Martz is just the first name to be leaked and the Raiders are looking at searching thoroughly for more viable candidates.  With four more teams being eliminated from the playoffs after this weekend, the Raiders could be eying some of those coaching staffs for candidates.

Dennis Allen could be thinking of talking to a former co-worker from the Denver Broncos, who were eliminated Saturday.  Allen spent one year in Denver as the defensive coordinator in 2011, so he has some connections to the organization.

Allen has ties to the New Orleans Saints as well and GM Reggie McKenzie has ties to the Green Bay Packers so both men could have someone in mind from their previous jobs.  

But for now, Martz is the only candidate interviewed by the Raiders.