Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
Yea, really good thought. I could get behind that. what kind f offense has he been running in the CFL? more of a pure WCO? I would love to bring a more pure style of WCO back to the niners, but i havent been sold on any of the WCO coordinator options out there. Trestman deffinately is intrigueing.
If you remember, Trestman has always called a more high-octane variant of the WCO. A very aggressive passing attack that utilizes slants and screens to setup longer downfield passes. This was especially the case in 1995 when the 49ers had Derek Loville as their running back and he averaged 3.3 yards per carry. Basically Trestman compensated for the lack of a running game by using a lot of shorter passes and Jerry Rice hated his guts for awhile since Trestman went real traditional WCO, using a lot of short slants and passes over the middle in lieu of running the ball which resulted in Jerry catching a lot of passes but getting his ass kicked on the regular. They eventually made up when both were in Oakland together and Jerry had another good season with Trestman as the OC. It does bear to mention that Jerry Rice set an NFL receiving record for most yards in a single that year with Trestman calling the plays, one that had stood until Megatron recently beat it.
He was the same way with the Raiders and once again, he didn't have a great running game, his best option was an aging Charlie Garner, so he used a lot of different passing attacks and sometimes it resulted in the QB getting beat up, ala similar to Mike Martz's system, which is why Rich Gannon complained about the system, but ultimately the Raiders did have a lot of success and they did get to the Super Bowl with a very high-powered offense.
But once again, he never really had a strong running game at his disposal, at least not in the NFL, not even with the Cardinals where Larry Centers and a broken down Adrian Murrell were his best options. He did become more run oriented as the OC at North Carolina State but that was after Rivers had left and they ended up with a bunch of craptastic talent. He will individualize his offense to whatever a team can do well. I think the 49ers with receivers like Crabtree, Davis, runningbacks like Gore and Hunter and an all purpose weapon in James would allow for a very varied, unpredictable and explosive offense.
Its hard to compare what he's done in Canada to the NFL due to all the rule variations and differences regarding the CFL. I'm not that familiar with the league but I know his teams have been relatively successful. One of the biggest positives about him is how well he's done with young quarterbacks. He still works with various quarterbacks in the offseason and a lot of guys go to him to train up, with varying degrees of success considering Tim Tebow was one of his students. He has a tremendous passion for the quarterback position.
"Marc leaves no stone unturned. It's amazing how he can comprehend all this stuff. He has to understand everything". Jerry Rice
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Dec 31, 2012 at 3:29 PM ]