Detroit Lions to Can Martz

Struggling Niners would be a possibility for offensive whiz
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2007 6:25 AM CST
Detroit Lions offesive coordinator Mike Martz talks to quarterback Jon Kitna during the fourth quarter of their NFL football game against the New York Giants at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 18,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mike Martz, the mind behind the Rams' "Greatest Show on Turf" early in this decade, will be fired as offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions following their game today at Green Bay, reports the Los Angeles Times. While expected to turn the Lions into the same high-powered attack crew as that in St. Louis, Martz sees his current squad at 19th in total offense.

Lions field general Jon Kitna earlier this week said firing Martz would be a mistake. "I hope he's back. That would be a hard thing for me to get over," said Kitna. Once he's let go, Martz' services would quickly be in demand, particularly by the San Francisco 49ers, who have a young developing offense led by often-inconsistent quarterback Alex Smith.