Martz on the mend

"Well, it's 49er week so that always changes everything. Regardless if we won or loss (last week), it is always a special week when you play the 49ers. So far we haven't flown very high this year. But, I think the match-ups are really good. I think we match up very similar, in terms of speed and the perimeter game. I think it will be a very tightly contested game."

Q: What's the mood of team coming off last week's loss?

Martz: Well, it's 49er week so that always changes everything. Regardless if we won or loss, it is always a special week when you play the 49ers.

Q: Do you see similarities in Dennis Erickson's offense now and the offense you run in St. Louis?

Martz: I think it is an awful lot what they have done in the past. I think it is probably a little bit more wide open, in terms of the passing game. I think the ball is getting downfield a little bit more. I can sure see some of the stuff that the 49ers have done over the years, but he has his trademark on it. Obviously, the approach and aggressiveness is something that you can sure identify.

Q: I think everybody is just a little bit different. I love the way he coaches. He is a very aggressive coach and I enjoy watching his style of offense certainly. So, you would like to think you are aggressive, yet you have some common sense behind you. But, he's always been so successful in mixing in the run with that too wherever he has been. He's as good at throwing the ball as there is.

Q: What are some of your impressions of the 49ers defense?

Martz: I think the athleticism of the defense each year has gotten better and better. Right now, they are playing great defense. Jimmy (Mora) has them flying around and chasing the ball. You see 11 hats on the ball all the time. I think the quality of players that they have got is better than it was years ago. I think they are an outstanding defense."

Q: Do you need to pay more attention now to 49ers special teams?

Martz: I think that you have to be as sound as you can. With the turnovers on special teams in the past that both of us have had, you just need to be very careful with that. I know that when you improve the speed and quality of players on defense, your special teams play automatically goes up. I think that is the case because the backups and a lot of the defensive players on defense are involved with it. The speed of their special teams is greatly improved and you can see that.

Q: Does the speed of the 49ers defense lead them to have more blitzes and fronts?

Martz: I think that is Jim's nature anyway and I think right now, he has the people doing what he has always wanted them to do.

Q: Are they now better suited to face your high flying offense than in past years?

Martz: Well, so far we haven't flown very high this year. But, I think the match-ups are really good. I think we match up very similar, in terms of speed and the perimeter game. I think it will be a very tightly contested game."

Q: Marc Bulger believes his understanding of the offense is better than last year. How has he improved?

Martz: I think, in terms of not having to think about things and just reacting. I think the decision process is a lot easier for him, in terms of where to go with the ball, which will ultimately make him even more accurate. You know, he is very quick to make decisions, which allows him to make good throws.

Q: How important is it for your team to be more balanced this week than last?

Martz: How important is it to be balanced? Not really important. I think being pragmatic is what is important. I think you just have to go with what is working. You (pass) the ball 60 times, then you run the ball. It's our necessity, one way or another, to react to what is going on. A lot of times, you don't go into a game already decided on what you are going to do, it just kind of works out that way.

Q: After last week's game, why did you say that it was one of worst called games that you've coached?

Martz: Well, Kurt was struggling a little bit and I think I could have helped him a little bit more with some of the calls. I didn't identify that he was struggling early enough. I think I could have made things a little easier on him.

Q: Does your team still have the same swagger as years past?

Martz: We don't have the same guys. We have our core guys, but we are starting all over with a lot people here. Obviously, the rookie receivers, new tight ends starting and fullbacks and defense and all those good things. So, that is the fun part about this league. Each year is a whole new year of football. You have those graduating classes about every third or fourth year where those free agents hit the market. It's different and that is the challenge that you have every year.


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