Martz expressed his frustration over Marvin Harrison and Terrell Owens "leapfrogging" Bruce and Holt into the finals in Owens' first year of eligibility.
"'Surprised' isn't the word," Martz said per the St. Louis Dispatch. "You can't print how I felt when T.O. leapfrogged those two. That's just plain out-and-out ridiculous."
"Had they promoted themselves, which was contrary to everything we were about, they'd probably get in without an issue. That's just not who we were.
"If they big-timed it and did all that dumb stuff, they'd probably get in earlier," Martz continued. "I think they'll eventually get in. I don't think that's an issue, but it's tragic that people think of them like that. If Marvin Harrison gets in, how could they not get in?"
Not everyone shares Martz's sentiments. Andy Reid, Owens' former coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, said the wide receiver possesses the chops to be a Hall of Famer.
"As far as talent and production goes, T.O. is absolutely a Hall of Famer," Reid said this week per the Philadelphia Daily News.
"There was that one off-the-field issue with him, but everything else, he was a pleasure to coach," Reid added. "The son of a gun would do anything you asked him to do and he'd do it a hundred miles an hour, which not every player will do."
Owens is second in career receiving yards (15,934), third in receiving touchdowns (153) and sixth in receptions (1,078).