Originally posted by Wrathman:
Ricky Watters was way better than Loville. I don't think I ever saw Loville get more than 3 yds/play running ever. Not only was Watters a great RB he was also a good receiver as well. Trestman was not that good. He just inherited a Ferrari, but wasn't sure how to drive it. I remember Steve Young and Jerry Rice complaining about his dumb play calls. They don't complain unless it was needed, and it was.
Steve Young called him an absolute offensive "genius", Jerry Rice complained about him because Trestman, realizing he had no running game, used a lot of short routes to keep moving the ball, in the process the receivers took a beating. However, when Rice and Trestman were reunited in Oakland, he was extremely complimentary and a big supporter of the guy.
I think initially, Trestman was not a guy who related well to people, he was somewhat awkward, not a football type whatsoever, but he slowly came out of his shell and while he's the anti-Harbaugh in terms of sideline demeanor and having a very stoic, calm persona, he's an absolute offensive genius, there's not an offensive system or play that he doesn't know from top to bottom, he's forgotten more about offense than most people will learn. The 49ers offense hasn't been #1 in the NFL since Trestman got fired. Even in the 1998 season where they were absolutely loaded with Hearst and Owens, they weren't ranked at the top.
Also, this is entire debate is silly when you consider who is supporting Trestman, namely guys like Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Brent Jones, Rich Gannon, Jon Gruden and many more. When you have Hall-of-Famers, superstars and great coaches in your corner, its clear that you've got something good going on.
"This is an exceptional hire for the Chicago Bears," Rice added on ESPN. "He's an offensive-minded coach. He's a great play-caller. He's a guru when it comes to quarterbacking."
"He was an offensive innovator at that time, a great game-day play-caller," Young said Wednesday on ESPN. "But he's grown into the ability to actually be an orchestrator of a whole organization. This guy is ready. More than anybody, he's mature and experienced. It's time for Marc Trestman to be a head coach in the NFL, and I'm very excited for him."
"Marc Trestman is right up there with Mike Holmgren and Mike Shanahan. [The Bears] got an exceptional coach. [Cutler and Trestman] are going to build a relationship. I think it's going to be very similar to [Colin] Kaepernick and Jim Harbaugh [with the 49ers]."-Jerry Rice
"I think he's like Bill Walsh, because he's one of those guys that you want to go out and lay it on the line for. He is totally committed, and players are going to want to play for a guy like that!" – Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice
"He's innovative, a terrific communicator; he's the ears and the eyes of the quarterback," Gannon said in a telephone interview. "The way he saw the game. The way he could explain it. He was very honest, always great with feedback, didn't have a huge ego."
"He always has been on the cutting edge of offensive football. He has an excellent, creative mind. He's able to adjust his offense to his cast of characters as well as most guys in football. If you have a pistol option quarterback, you're going to see pistol option plays from him., something that never has been seen before."-John Gruden
''I never thought I'd say the words 'Chicago Bears' and 'wide-open offense' in the same sentence, but I am now,'' former San Francisco 49ers tight end Brent Jones said. ''Bears fans should be thrilled.''
"The thing I like about Marc is his aggressiveness. I feel like he's always in attack mode, and as players, we respond to that." – Rich Gannon
"One of the most attractive qualities of Marc is he possesses an in-depth overall knowledge of the offensive game. Marc was one of the brightest coaches we worked with." – George Seifert
Finally Brent Jones reiterates exactly everything I've been stating in this thread.
''We had one of the most explosive offenses that season with virtually no running game,'' Jones said. ''It's so much easier to defend a team with a weak running game, and weak would've been an upgrade for us. Looking back, it was miraculous what we did. Expectations were out of this world, and [firing him] was an expectation-driven decision. But he worked magic with a bad hand.''
Bears got a hell of a head coach, his ability to develop and extract the best out of QB's is prolific, I think we might just see a more stable Jay Cutler this year, a much more dangerous Jay Cutler with Trestman structuring the offense to support him the same way Harbaugh did with Alex. I was hoping the 49ers could have hired Trestman as offensive coordinator but I'm happy to see he's on to bigger and better things.
The only downside I see to Trestman is that he looks like this guy.....
Move over Martz, this is the REAL mad scientist.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Feb 18, 2013 at 10:09 AM ]