Martz ‘projects’ face off this Sunday

It’s another Mike Martz Bowl, two weeks after the first one, when San Francisco quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan squared off against Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner.

Now O’Sullivan is preparing to face another prized pupil of Martz, Detroit quarterback Jon Kitna. It’s San Francisco versus Detroit on Sunday, and it’s two of Martz’s great projects.

Martz taught Kitna, and subsequently, Kitna taught O’Sullivan when the latter was a backup in Detroit.

“He’s probably the toughest guy I’ve been around, just as far as standing in there, making throws, coming back in there week in and week out,” O’Sullivan said about Kitna. “I took a lot from that. He’s got a lot of respect from me for that. He’s a good thrower, too. This offense is about standing in there and making some tough throws, and he does it. So, the list was long as far as things I tried to take from Jon.”

Now O’Sullivan will try to take one more thing from Kitna. He will try to take his happiness Sunday afternoon.

And just as O’Sullivan praised Kitna, Kitna did the same for O’Sullivan. “He’s one of the best throwers of the football I’ve ever been around,” Kitna said. “He’s a really good quarterback. He can throw from any angle. It doesn’t matter if he’s off balance, whatever, he gets it out quick.”

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