SANTA CLARA -- Mike Martz's red San Francisco 49ers cap is still crisp and clean. His new players don't know him quite well enough to be sure when he's joking and serious.
Yet, Martz's handiwork already is easy to see, even during a quiet Sunday practice in San Francisco's first minicamp in his tenure as offensive coordinator.
Running back Frank Gore is lining up in the slot. Receiver Ashley Lelie is running reverses. New receivers Isaac Bruce and Bryant Johnson are moving faster and catching more passes than just about anybody who played that position for the NFL's worst offense in the last three years.
After the acrimonious end to his tenure as St. Louis' head coach following the 2005 season, Martz tried to run the same offense during two tough years with the Detroit Lions, who fired him Jan. 2.
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Six days later, Mike Nolan hired him to fix an offense that has been woefully inept for most of Nolan's three years with the 49ers.
Though Martz hasn't changed his personality back home in California, he seems eager to show he can be much more than a creator of prolific passing attacks. Gore's running has been the 49ers' only constant during the last few years, and instead of orchestrating a new "Greatest Show on Turf," Martz said he plans to build from the foundation he's been given.
"The offense I like to run is to take what we have and analyze what they do extremely well and take advantage of it," Martz said. "There's different personnel here than what I'm accustomed to. The tight end (Vernon Davis) is a terrific athlete, and we've got a whole stable of really good runners. It will be different than perhaps what you've seen us do in the past, but we've got some guys that can really help us win."
Said Gore: "Practicing right now, I like it. We're spreading the ball around, and hopefully this year we won't see eight, nine men in the box every play. I think I'll get used in the passing game, too. I want to show I can do it all -- run, catch, block. People think I'm just a running back."
ROOKIE OVERSLEEPS, at Ashburn, Va. -- Washington Redskins second-round draft pick Fred Davis didn't show up for minicamp practice, having overslept on his third day in the NFL.
The team sent security officials to track down the tight end after he failed to arrive as scheduled from a local hotel, where rookies were housed during the three-day minicamp.
Davis eventually arrived at Redskins Park and met with coach Jim Zorn in his office. Davis, formerly of USC, was the 48th pick in the draft.
BEARS' BENSON ARRESTED, at Austin, Texas -- Chicago running back Cedric Benson was charged with failing a sobriety test while operating a 30-foot boat, then resisting arrest before being hit with pepper spray and dragged ashore by officers.
Benson faces charges of boating while intoxicated and resisting arrest after the incident Saturday night on Lake Travis, Travis County Sheriff's Department spokesman Roger Wade said.
Benson was released from jail early Sunday on a $14,500 bond.