Martz: There are things I like about (Martin). He's very accurate, very intelligent, very competitive, he's a tough guy. All the things you would really try to grade a quarterback out in, I think he gets high marks in. He and Trent (Green) and Kurt are very similar in specific areas that allow us to continue to do what we do and that is why it was so important to have him in that role.
Q: Your team put an end to a 17-game losing streak to the Niners in 1999 and now have a six-game winning streak over them. Can you explain the pressure of trying to break a streak like that and how that affects a team or player or coaches?
Martz: I was there when we were helping the Niners, too, in that losing streak. I've seen both ends of it. I don't know how to explain or even to talk about it other than to tell you that the game has just always had more meaning than any other game that you play during the season. It's really always kind of a playoff mentality.
Q: How do you feel your team has handled the pressure and high expectations to do well again this season after reaching the Super Bowl two of the last three years?
Martz: If I really felt like what we were doing was the issue, then we wouldn't do it. We just got to do a better job of coaching. I've got to do a better job of coaching and get these guys to play at a better level than what we've been playing at this year. Get our energy level up to where it's been in the past and get going.
Q: Have you guys lost some of your attitude?
Martz: I think we've lost a little of the pizzazz that we have carried for so long, and when you get new guys thrown in the ranks, they are not quite sure. We've got a performance or standard that we've been trying to hold up and work towards all the time and we got to get back to that. I think in some areas, guys like Isaac (Bruce), Kurt and Marshall (Faulk) … those guys have always been able to hold that up there pretty good. When you get new guys filling in here, they've got to accept the same standard and work towards it and we are trying to fight through that.
Q: What do you think came first, the losing of attitude or the losing of games?
Martz: I don't think either one. I don't think that we've lost our attitude. That is not a correct interpretation. I don't believe that we've lost attitude. I think it's a confidence level more than anything else. Primarily that comes down to coaching and that is my responsibility. To keep these guys focused on the details of things and try and keep them energized and excited about what they do and having fun with what they do. If you go in the other direction with that, then it is not worthwhile.
Q: Is your game day coaching any different on an 0-4 team than a team who has the swagger and everything else going on. Would you be less aggressive or more gambling or any which way or the other?
Martz: That is an interesting question. I've tried not to let that hamper how you call things, maybe it does, I don't know, I've tried not to. You don't ever want to back off of giving a guy the opportunity to make a play because you aren't sure he can, you can't protect him, or those things. There is a fine line there. You got to be smart about it if you're having some problems in some areas. Everything you do is built on trust, and you got to keep trusting guys to make plays and they keep trusting that you are going to put them in the right situation.