So if it’s not Martz’s fault, who could possibly take the blame? The officials…..of course!
According to CBS Sports, Martz is saying that the official’s review and the subsequent moving of the ball lost them the game. Here’s what he had to say about the ordeal:
It cost us the game. We go to the 1 — or the half-yard line — then spike the ball when, all of a sudden, officials tell us they’re going to look at the replay. While they’re looking at it, the ball stays at the 1. So we send in a play. Then, when they make their decision, they move the ball back to the 2½ and tell us they’re going to start the clock on the official’s wind. We couldn’t change the play. We had to go with what we called. If it would’ve been at the 1, we would’ve made it. But they moved it and didn’t give us any time. So what are we going to do? If they would’ve moved it to the 10 we still would’ve had to run the play that was called. We got screwed because of the spot, first and foremost.
Okay, let’s just say that Martz has a legitimate point (which he doesn’t). He still needs to explain why Michael Robinson was in the game and not Frank Gore. There’s no way you give that carry to anyone but Frank Gore!
But that’s besides the point. The fact that Martz didn’t utilize the time that they had during the review is the real issue here. During that time (which was pretty much the equivalent of a time- out), Martz should have been going through every scenario that could have happened. One of which is the ball being moved. Now, I’m no Super Bowl winning coach, but that seems like a no-brainer to me. The fact that this never dawned on him is ridiculous. About as ridiculous as calling a Michael Robinson run up the middle because you believe that “there would be a cavity inside”. I almost feel sorry for 49er fans.