by Ryan Wilson
A couple weeks into the season, back when fans were cautiously optimistic that this was the year Mike Nolan finally found an offense, new offensive coordinator Mike Martz declared that J.T. O'Sullivan could be the best quarterback he ever coached.
It was at that moment, I suspect, that the grim reality of the situation was no longer obscured by things like "hopes" or "dreams." No, naturally, Nolan was fired a month later, Mike Singletary took over the interim gig, and the 49ers continued their losing ways. To Singletary's credit, however, he had the good sense to bench O'Sullivan, Martz's crazy ideas be damned.
Shaun Hill, the same guy who many figured was the leading candidate for the gig in the spring, was promoted, and while he doesn't conjure images of Montana or Young, he's also not O'Sullivan. It's a start. In fact, he's done so well, Martz is admittedly shocked.
Don't Let the Glasses Fool You: Mike Martz Isn't That Smart originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Sun, 23 Nov 2008 09:45:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.