"I never liked him": Mike Martz slams 49ers QB Trey Lance – 49ers Webzone

"I never liked him": Mike Martz slams 49ers QB Trey Lance - 49ers Webzone

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In case there was any doubt, or if anyone really concerned, former NFL coach Mike Martz made his feelings known about the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance very clear He is not a fan and never has been.

During a recent appearance on the 33rd team podcast, Martz, who spent 2008 as the Niners’ offensive coordinator, discussed Lance’s performance on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. The former coach didn’t hold any punches and slammed the second-year player.

“I never saw anything about this kid that was encouraging at all,” Martz said, via Alex Espinoza of 95.7 The Game. “He really has to plant himself to make a good throw. He’s not a quick decision guy. Everyone was shooting behind him because he’s a mobile guy making plays with his feet — he looked like a linebacker looking around to trip trying to run the ball, to me.

“He’s not Lamar (Jackson). I don’t know what he is. He’s not a particularly good guy running with the football, and based on what I saw today, he missed two guys all by himself. I know it was in the rain, but quarterbacks do that, you make those throws.”

Lance finished Sunday’s game 13-of-28 passing for 164 yards and an interception, earning an unimpressive overall Pro Football Focus grade of 53.7. However, it was only the 22-year-old’s third career NFL start.

“I know this – he can only go up, he can only get better,” Martz continued. “He can’t get any worse than what he did today. I never liked him. I still don’t like him.

“I wish I knew what he does so well because he’s not a great passer. He doesn’t have good skills. Takes him a long time to set up and throw the football, misses easy throws. He’s not a particularly good runner. . . . , he’s quite the player.”

Lance wasn’t the only quarterback at Soldier Field on Sunday that Martz hit. Justin Fields, another first-round pick in 2021, has received his own share of criticism.

“I’m just shocked, shocked at the Bears,” Martz said. “They just took this quarterback, they spent a lot to get him, but ‘less-than-remarkable’ was the kindest thing you could say about him. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen such a poor performance from a rookie quarterback in his opening performance of the season like that. He was just absolutely terrible.

“He really deflated the football team with his performance. When you get a quarterback that can’t do anything like that, defensively, you basically shut them down for a half. You kind of lose hope. Right now, they’re a team without hope.”

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