Originally posted by KRS-1:
Mike McCarthy was a decent choice (not my preference) for OC. His resume speaks for itself.
Norv Turner was 58-82-1 as a HC when we hired him as OC. At the time it looked like a great move and no one could forsee him getting another HC'ing gig the following year given his previous track record as a HC.
Hostler was hired days before FA started and we had little time to work with to find a replacement for Norv before the start of FA....or would you have preferred we go into FA (and the weeks leading up to the draft) with no OC ? An uncertainty in the offensive system your going to run is not very appealing to any FA's your looking to sign and does nothing to help with shaping your draft board.
Martz was a fine hire. Again previous track record speaks for itself. I still think it was in our best interest to keep him for at least another year and build around his system instead of trying to find an OC who fits a defensive minded HC's ideology. The offensive stability wouldn't have hurt either.
Mccarthy: Can you do any worse than last? He may have had a poor unit to work with, but anyone else would have a hard time doing worse. "In 2005, McCarthy served as offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers; his unit, beset by injuries and led by a rookie quarterback (top draft pick Alex Smith), finished the season ranked last in the NFL in points scored and yards gained."
Turner: I'll give you that one. Good choice and difficult to anticipate his loss the following year.
Hostler: While a difficult spot to be in, you cannot do worse than Hostler. You could argue that a high school coach, a fan, or a nursing home patient could have called plays better. "Midway into the 2007 season, the 49ers' offense was ranked last in the National Football League, and the 49ers' rushing offense, ranked 6th the previous year, was ranked near the bottom of the league after eight games under Hostler's direction. Under Hostlers' direction, the 49ers fell behind every team in the league in the categories of total offense, yards passing, and yards per play"
Martz: Nolan could have done worse here, as he proved with 2 out of 3 of his previous OC choices. At least they made it out of the cellar. "San Francisco ranks 23rd out of 32 teams in points scored, 24th in total yards, 13th in passing yards per game and 22nd in net passing yards per attempt, which does represent an improvement over 2007 (when SF ranked dead last in all 3 categories), but they rank 26th in rushing yards & last in total turnovers"
I can see what you are saying, but in hindsight Nolan would need to try hard to put together a worse offense (starting with his OC's) in 3 out of 4 seasons.