In focus: Mike Martz and the 49ers offense
Posted on September 29, 2008
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The San Francisco offense and Mike Martz’s influence on it was one of the areas of focus this morning at Gillette Stadium. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said “it’s the same offense” that Martz has run with the Lions and Rams over the years, and several Patriots referenced the fact that they could go back and look at the tape of their 2006 game against the Lions a few seasons ago as a point of reference. Here are a few other quotes of note about the Martz effect:
- Rodney Harrison
- What is it about the Mike Martz offense that you really need to contain? It’s very dynamic. They get the ball to all the receivers, tight end, running backs, especially Gore. He’s their leading receiver right now. He’s played extremely well. He’s a guy that can make all different types of runs, like a LaDainian Tomlinson. He stays on the field all three downs. He’s a guy that can definitely hurt you in so many different ways, as well as Bruce and Arnaz Battle and Vernon Davis, their really fast tight end. They have a lot of weapons on offense. With Mike Martz’s mind, you really have to be aware of all the different ways he can beat you.
- Richard Seymour
- On the San Francisco offense… I think it all starts with the running back. Gore is a guy who can make all the runs. He’s number 21, and runs a lot like LT, who we face the following week as well — two similar guys who produce a lot for their offense. It’s a big concern for us this week, because you think you have him gang-tackled, but he does a lot to run out of the pocket, so guys really have to be aware of the type of back that he is.
- The Mike Martz passing attack is based a lot on timing. If you guys can disrupt their timing, it would seem like you would have a better shot at the quarterback. Absolutely. But like I said, I mean, it all surrounds the running back. Their running game is really what they want to do. They do some different things around the passing game — obviously, we all know what Mike Martz can do. Coordinator for the Rams and also with Detroit — which we have some footage from ’06 that we can watch when we played Detroit here. We have some things that we can watch as far as the concepts that they like to do. But they never show you the same type of pass route again. They have so many different types of routes. But have to understand the concepts that they do.