I’m not the one who is condemning him. Lord knows anyone who watched the 49ers in the Nolan era is begging for an offensive coordinator who can put points on the board, but for some reason most of the bay area’s pundits have their panties all in a bunch over this hire. It’s not the best move possible, but for crying out loud I want to see points damn it! I’ve lost attachment to Alex Smith (though i still pray that he turns into a Pro Bowler), so if he takes an extra shot to the ribs so be it. So long as Martz understands that Frank Gore isn’t going to turn into M. Faulk and still needs to get the ball handed off to him 20 times a game we should be fine. If the other 5 touches per game he should get are passes, I’m ok with that. I’m not saying we can expect Roger Craig part 2 , but can not have Andy Lee lead the NFL in punting? Please? Please?
I think I’m being a reasonable guy with my wants, and if Martz can get the offense to chew up some clock time, it means the defense doesn’t have to be on the field for 33 minutes a game. Who knows, maybe even give them a rest for a stretch longer than 3 minutes. With that said, this is also Martz’s last chance (more than likely) to show that he can earn another head coaching job, since most owners don’t want someone who hasn’t been a head coach in nearly a decade. This move is for Martz as much as it is for the 49ers. If he fails with us, or can’t at least show that he can run a balanced offense, he’s through. Martz would be another career coordinator who will have to be content with it. Having looked at his resume and age, I’d say he’d rather retire than be 2nd fiddle for the rest of his life.
I’ll close by saying I want to be proud of my team. I write wearing my #97 Bryant Young jersey and I’d like to be able to wear it proudly wherever I feel like. The bottom line is that the Raiders shouldn’t be permitted back into the playoffs before the niners, and the Raiders are only a year or two away right now.