Mike Martz spent his entire coaching career in the NFC, and he’s going to get a chance to broadcast that conference this fall.
With Jim Mora moving out of the booth and back to the sidelines at UCLA, Martz will take over as part of the FOX broadcast team with play-by-play man Ron Pitts, according to the lineup posted by the network.
Martz is best known for his time as the offensive coordinator and head coach of the Rams, but he’s also worked as an assistant with the Redskins, Lions, 49ers and Bears, where he was most recently the offensive coordinator before being replaced by Mike Tice.
Given that he’s working with Pitts, the sixth man in the FOX lineup, he figures to have a chance a lot of Rams games this fall. He’s opening his season in Tampa Bay for Buccaneers-Panthers.
Martz is certainly smart enough to pull it off, and it’ll be interesting to see how his confidence translates to the broadcast booth, where some coaches find it hard to communicate their brilliance.
The other addition to the bottom of the FOX lineup is Heath Evans, who replaces Chad Pennington alongside veteran Sam Rosen.
The network’s also adding former ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews, who will work with the top team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, with current sideline reporter Pam Oliver. Andrews will pick up NFL duties at Thanksgiving and work through the playoffs.
The other FOX teams are: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa; Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin; Dick Stockton, John Lynch and Jennifer Hale; Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jaime Maggio.