Martz, Marinelli discuss offensive coordinator job

After interviewing with the Raiders, Mike Martz has pulled his name from consideration for Oakland's head coaching job and is contemplating whether to join the Detroit Lions' staff.

Martz met with new Lions head coach Rod Marinelli in Detroit on Tuesday to discuss Detroit's offensive coordinator position, but he left the meeting without a job offer, according to ESPN.com's John Clayton. Discussions were expected to continue Wednesday by phone.

Marinelli, who was hired by the Lions in January, filled the other coordinator job last week when former Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson was hired in the same capacity.

Deciding who to hire as offensive coordinator will be a critical decision for the Lions, given the ongoing instability at the quarterback position.

Marinelli wanted to discuss the job with former Bills coach Mike Mularkey, but Mularkey accepted an offer from the Dolphins to run their offense.

Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt remains the leading candidate to be the Raiders' new head coach. Although he's interested, there is no guarantee Whisenhunt will take the job; the Raiders cannot interview Whisenhunt until after the Super Bowl.

Martz led the Rams to four playoff berths and a Super Bowl championship in six seasons. He was fired the day after the season ended because of continuing disagreements with the front office.

Martz and the Rams reached a settlement believed to be about half the $3.25 million he was owed for the final year of a three-year contract.

Martz, who interviewed in New Orleans for the head coaching job that went to Sean Payton earlier this month, missed the last 11 games of the season with endocarditis, a bacterial infection of a heart valve. However, he said his health is not a concern and he's in no hurry to get another job.