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December 30, 2007
Report off the Martz

Don't get your hopes up about Mike Martz running the 49ers' offense next season. It ain't happening, according to a team source. For one thing, the personnel in San Francisco is probably the exact opposite of what Martz wants beginning with the quarterback. Martz likes guys with hair-trigger releases (see: Bulger, Marc). Shaun Hill has a similar release but not a lot of arm strength. Alex Smith has arm strength but a slow release.

Another reason is that if Mike Nolan returns as head coach -- and I'm leaning 51-49 that he will -- I can't think of a more mismatched pair than he and Martz. Nolan likes slow, plodding, eat-up-the-clock offenses. Martz wants showtime. Nolan would go nuts the first time Martz's offense goes three and out with three straight incompletions. I'm not sure their egos would even fit inside the same building.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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