As part of a 24 hour span in which no fewer than 4 NFL coaches have either been fired or retired (with the status of Bill Parcells, Norv Turner, Jeff Fisher and Jim Haslett still pending), the Rams’ Mike Martz will not return to the club writes the St. Louis Post Dispatch’s Jim Thomas.

Rams president John Shaw will tell Mike Martz today that his six-year tenure as coach of the Rams is over, team sources told the Post-Dispatch.

Still to be determined is whether Martz’s termination will take the form of a contract settlement or an outright firing.

A team meeting has been scheduled for 11 this morning, and a news conference announcing Martz’s termination could be held by early afternoon. The news will hardly qualify as a surprise to Rams players, who have expected Martz’s ouster for several weeks.

As for the expected afternoon news conference, one Rams veteran said, “I’m going to get some popcorn and watch this one.”

(UPDATE : Make that 5 coaches in less than 24 hours – Green Bay has fired Mike Sherman).

(UPDATE II : 6 coaches and counting – there will be no extension for Jim Haslett in New Orleans/San Antontio. )