Mike Martz: Rams Drafted Richie Incognito Because He Played Nasty


That statement fro Mike Martz could be interpreted 30 different ways, and when dealing with Richie Incognito, you probably should interpret it 30 different ways.

Former Rams head coach and Mike Martz was asked about Incognito and his illustrious reputation.  Martz while talking to the New York Times, alluded to the notion about Incognito’s reputation, and said that “the Rams drafted the former Nebraska Cornhusker because of his nasty streak.”

In 2005, less than a year after off-field transgressions ended his college career at Nebraska and Oregon in the same summer, Incognito was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of the draft.

Mike Martz, the Rams coach then, said the team wanted players with attitude. “Because that’s the way the game is played in the N.F.L., obviously,” Martz said. “That nastiness is evident, especially in Incognito.”

Incognito’s nastiness could have made him a Hall of Famer if he had chosen to channel it correctly.