Mike Martz, infamous former 49ers assistant, rips Trey Lance – SFGATE

Mike Martz, infamous former 49ers assistant, rips Trey Lance - SFGATE

former 49ers offensive coordinator and longtime NFL coach Mike Martz blasted Niners starter Trey Lance and the Bruins’ Justin Fields in an unusually bitter segment after the hard-to-watch Week 1 matchup between the pair of young QBs. Martz, appearing on former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum’s NFL website The 33rd Teamapparently tried to set a quarterback-hating rushing record.

“I never liked him,” he said of Lance. “I still don’t like him.”

While Lance made several impressive plays, including multiple backfield completions and struggles for first downs, Martz was adamant that Niners fans aren’t getting their hopes up.

“I never saw anything about this kid that was encouraging at all,” he said. “He really has to plant himself to make a good throw. He is not a quick decision guy. Everyone is shot in the back about him because he is a mobile guy making plays with his feet. He looked like a full back 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 from 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 completed just 13 of his 28 pass attempts for 164 yards with an interception in Sunday’s ugly 19-10 loss to the Bruins. Lance rushed for 54 yards on 13 carries, but it was far from enough to lead a 49ers offense that was held scoreless on their final four drives. Martz was not any kinder to Fields, calling him “absolutely terrible.”

Martz made a name for himself as the offensive coordinator and head coach for the “The Greatest Show on Turf” Rams, winning a Super Bowl as Dick Vermeil’s OC but never getting over the hump himself when he took over.

After he was let go by the Rams, Martz bounced between short stints as an offensive coordinator for the Lions, 49ers and Bears, where he last coached in the NFL a decade ago. During his lone season with the Niners in 2008, Martz was notorious for his love for quarterback JT O’Sullivan.

At one point, Martz—who coached Hall of Famer Kurt Warner and several other Pro Bowlers— reportedly told the Fox broadcast team O’Sullivan “might be the best quarterback he’s ever coached.” O’Sullivan was fired for Shaun Hill later in the season (2008) after then 49ers head coach Mike Nolan was fired, and he never started another game.

To complete the Lance criticism binge, Martz expressed the belief that head coach Kyle Shanahan will bench him for Jimmy Garoppolo before the end of the season. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see them go with Jimmy G here before week four because they’re not going anywhere where they are now.” Lance has many enemies and doubters, but Martz might be the most caustic and among the least credible. Shanahan and the 49ers will have to hope he’s as wrong about Lance as he was about O’Sullivan.

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