San Diego AAF team to have coaching staff filled with NFL names

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The Alliance of American Football is planning to bring professional football back to San Diego with former St. Louis Rams head coach Mike Martz serving as the head coach of the franchise.

According to Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Martz’s coaching staff will be filled with many prominent names with NFL backgrounds as well.

Jon Kitna will serve as the team’s offensive coordinator with former Rams and Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Larry Marmie serving as the team’s defensive coordinator. Hall of Fame offensive lineman Jackie Slater, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Dre Bly will also coach on Martz’s staff.

Marmie has 15 years of coaching experience in the NFL serving most recently as a senior defensive assistant under Lovie Smith with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014-15. Kitna spent parts of 17 seasons as a quarterback in the NFL after initially signing with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 1996.

Slater played parts of 20 seasons for the Rams before being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001. He’s spent the last seven years serving as an offensive line coach at Division II Azusa Pacific University. Houshmandzadeh and Bly spent a combined 23 seasons in the NFL with three Pro Bowl appearances between them.

7 responses to “San Diego AAF team to have coaching staff filled with NFL names

  1. I’m excited for the AAF! As long as they remember that they are a feeder league for the NFL and make the contracts friendly for aspiring hopefuls to leave when given an NFL opportunity this is good for all involved.

  2. Hope it works out for San Diego. SD and St Louis got a raw deal from the NFL with owners that were hell-bent upon leaving. Not that this will be NFL caliber football, but at least it’s a start.

  3. I’m in. If they don’t have NFL prices they’ll have a good chance to stick. Plus, their timing is great. Ex-Charger and Ram fans will embrace their teams (again, pricing matters), plus all those people ticked at the NFL will probably support the league, and playing in that sports drought when the NFL season ends is a great move. The AAF is starting smart.

  4. I don’t know how successful they’ll be, but it certainly sounds like it will a professionally styled staff. If this league pans out, it could certainly help younger hone their skills in a pro style organization with people who have that experience.

    Perhaps what will have a larger impact is the chance at exposure it can give coaching candidates. Guys who are NFL vets who had a mind for the game while playing, but haven’t had a chance to get prominent coaching experience like Kitna and Dre’ Bly and Housh and what not can get a chance to get noticed by NFL teams if they can show a thing or two in the AAFL. Again, this must be successful as a league and the personnel successful as coaches within the league first, but we might see more former NFL players get into more prominent positions as coaches (aside from position coaching and consulting).

  5. Players will be signed to one year contracts and allowed to leave if there is an NFL offer. Ticket prices will be affordable $35 between the two 20’s. Opening game and championship game will be on CBS, other games will be on CBSSN.

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