I've already commented about this on another thread, I just thought it deserved another go. Listening to Mike Martz cry and complain about how the re-spot cost San Francisco the game on Monday night makes me sick to my stomach. Seems Coach Martz suffers from a severe case of short term memory loss. Or, better yet, maybe he thinks that if he can complain enough about this it will draw our attention away from the ineptitude 2 plays prior. Let's not forget that the 49ers managed to waste 20-25 seconds trying to spike the ball after the first down that got them into scoring range in the first place. Who in their right mind substitutes inside a minute with no timeouts and the clock running? Next, he had more than enough time, not to mention guys in the press box, to tell him that Frank Gore's knee was down at the 2 1/2 yard line. At that moment he should have told Shaun Hill to spike the ball to stop the clock, then call a more appropriate play for the situation. Instead, he pretends like he had no idea that the ball would be respotted and calls a draw, not with featured back Frank Gore, but with back-up Michael Robinson. Of course, in a finish sweet as poetry for the Cardinals, Robinson is stopped at the one, game over.
At this point, you expect someone in Martz's position to come to the press conference and own up to the fact that he made a bad play call. Not tonight baby. Martz has the audacity to blame the refs, who coincidentally made the correct call on this one, for why they lost the game. It honestly sickens me. Be a man, admit you made a mistake, admit you panicked under pressure. Don't worry Mike, no one will think less of you, we can all still remember your last few year in St. Louis and Detroit. In fact, we honestly expect you to make decisions like this. Had the play succeeded he would have had no problem soaking up the praise of his offensive prowess, but the second something happens that makes him look inept, he passes the buck. Don't forget Mike, when you point your finger at someone else, there are 3 more pointing right back at you.