Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Martz in the Running to Be Cleveland's Offensive Coordinator

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Martz in the Running to Be Cleveland's Offensive Coordinator

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Browns consider Martz to run their offense

The Cleveland Browns are considering the director of the "Greatest Show on Turf" to oversee their offense. The team interviewed former Rams coach Mike Martz on Monday to be their offensive coordinator, The Associated Press reported. Martz met with Browns officials in Mobile, Ala., at the Senior Bowl, a source said. The Browns are seeking a replacement for Kyle Shanahan, who resigned after one season.

Martz, 63, has been out of coaching since after the 2011 season, when he was Chicago's offensive coordinator on Lovie Smith's staff. Martz coached the Rams from 2000-2005, compiling a 56-36 record, including the postseason.

The Rams won the NFC title in 2001 under Martz but lost to New England in the Super Bowl. In 1999, Martz was the club's offensive coordinator, and with quarterback Kurt Warner and Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk leading the way the Rams led the NFL in points, yards passing and total yards. They beat Tennessee in the Super Bowl.

Martz also has worked as a coordinator with the Lions, 49ers and Bears.

Report: Balls under-inflated * The New England Patriots, who have been under investigation by the NFL for possibly using balls that had been under-inflated on Sunday in the AFC title game, could be in trouble. ESPN reported late Tuesday that 11 of their 12 allotted balls were had 2 pounds less air than required by NFL regulations.

The Patriots presumably would have had an advantage because balls with lesser pressure would have been easier to grip especially in the rain, which fell heavily for much of the game than fully inflated balls that Indianapolis apparently used. New England won 45- 7.

It was not known how the balls became under-inflated.

It is not known what penalties would be imposed.

Marrone takes lesser job * Doug Marrone probably didn't envision this when he walked away from the Bills last month. After unsuccessfully interviewing for at least three NFL head coaching jobs, Marrone landed with Jacksonville as offensive line coach. He replaces George Yarno, who left the team last June to begin cancer treatment. Marrone led the Bills to a 9-7 record this season, its first winning one since 2004, but exercised an option in his contract to leave because the team was sold during the season. …

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