Mike Martz knows more about offensive football than I ever will. He’s also the No. 1 influence in the career of Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Gase has told me a few times he considers Martz one of the great offensive minds in the game, and I think a reasonable human would say the same.
During Super Bowl week, Gase reminded he and Martz speak often, and it’s safe to assume those conversations probably include Gase talking about Denver’s personnel on offense. If Gase is searching for ways to best utilize the players he has on offense — and Martz sometimes serves as a sounding board — the conversation must include those players. That’s reasonable to assume, right?
So this should open your eyes: Martz said on NFL Network today that Decker is no more than a No. 3 wide receiver.
Whether or not you agree — and goodness, I don’t — this should give you some insight as to whether the Broncos value Decker to the point they will invest $8 or $9 million into the free-agent wide receiver.
When Martz says something like this — that Eric Decker is no more than a No. 3 wide receiver — you know what that probably means, right?
Bye, bye, Eric Decker.
To be fair, which we are, that could simply be Martz’s own evaluation of Decker. Maybe he came to that less-than-flattering conclusion on his own. Maybe he got zero feedback from Gase, who used to coach the Broncos’ wide receivers, and this is simply his own appraisal. I find that hard to believe, but maybe.
I think it’s a ridiculous thing to say, too, when you consider Decker had more receiving yardage than Dez Bryant, Torrey Smith, Vincent Jackson and most of the No. 1 wide receivers in the NFL.
But that’s not the point. The point is that A) the Broncos have signed Bubba Caldwell to a two-year deal B) it appears they don’t value Decker as much as other teams C) there will be a lot of females upset when No. 87 isn’t wearing a Broncos uniform in 2014.
Do I think moving on from Eric Decker is a mistake? Yeah, I do. Am I as football-smart as guys like Mike Martz? Of course not.