While his own Detroit Lions squad may not have made it too far, Mike Martz thinks this current team has what it takes to compete in the NFC Championship.
Martz has held many titles. Perhaps most notably he was the coordinator for the Super Bowl-winning St. Louis Rams offense that was nicknamed the “Greatest Show on Turf.” But he also spent some time in Detroit as the offensive coordinator in 2006, when the offense improved but they still went 3-13, and in 2007, when they finished 7-9. That team wasn’t able to make it to the playoffs, but Martz thinks this 2022 group can go even further.
“I think they can make it into the playoffs and I think they can go a ways in the playoffs. I think they can end up in the NFC Championship,” he said in a breakdown for The 33rd Team.
Detroit dominated the Chicago Bears on Sunday to the tune of 41-10 in what has been an incredible turnaround from a dismal first half of the season. With a real shot at playoffs, they’ve become one of the hottest teams in the league.
“Are they good enough to get to the Super Bowl? I don’t know if they’re good enough on defense. But this is a team that is clearly one of the top five or six in the league right now,” Martz said.
"I think they can end up in the NFC Championship."#OnePride pic.twitter.com/Q9fpmTUpVH— The 33rd Team (@The33rdTeamFB) January 2, 2023
Martz also commended offensive coordinator Ben Johnson on his great feel for playcalling.
“I think right now, he’s doing the best job in the league, bar none. He incorporates the run — not just the run but the variation of the runs and they’re downhill runs. They’re not all out of the shotgun,” he said.
The former coach said the playcalling is creative and only bolstered by the great play of the offensive line.
"I think, right now, Ben Johnson is doing the best job in the league."— The 33rd Team (@The33rdTeamFB) January 1, 2023
The #Lions are rolling on offense and their OC is a huge reason why #OnePride pic.twitter.com/E8PEbT9dXW
And onto the rest of your notes.
- Well, then.
Jared Goff ranks since Week 10— NFL on CBS (@NFLonCBS) January 2, 2023
Pass Rating 108.4 1st
Pass TD-INT 15-0 1st pic.twitter.com/SkrYIGZo8v
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.@lions #JamesHouston with a “hat trick “ of taking down @justnfields . 8 sacks and a FF and I am not sure he has logged 100 snaps yet. And just getting started. You have to watch; you have to pay attention @chucksmithnfl @jacksonstatefb #OnePride #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/H3KaQNv89f— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) January 2, 2023
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- Check out this view of Aidan Hutchinson’s pick.
This view makes the Hutch INT all the more impressive.— Honolulu Blues (@HonoluluBlues_) January 2, 2023
: Mia Hutchinson pic.twitter.com/rRJUJ68cpJ
- Their faces! The Lions out here doing good.
We surprised two longtime Lions Loyal Members, Mary Jo and Ron Isaacson, with tickets to Super Bowl LVII at Sunday's game! #SuperBowlSurprise pic.twitter.com/JTp0kZ7i9h— Detroit Lions (@Lions) January 2, 2023
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