It doesn't seem like Tedford's ever been terribly big on firing his assistants, but Marshall has faceplanted so spectacularly this year that he doesn't deserve the benefit of the doubt. But that opens up a whole new question of who Cal should hire to replace him. I don't think that's a question anyone here can necessarily answer, but I'd like to see it discussed anyway.
For the sake of argument, a few names from the Pac-10/West Coast teams that could possibly be convinced to come to Cal (I think we're probably done with the NFL assistant experiment):
Steve Greatwood: Oregon. Has been with Oregon for a million years and has coached some great rushing and pass-protecting offenses. Worked with Tedford in 2000-2001 after returning from hiatus at other teams. Recently worked magic with a very green offensive line coming into this year. Probably doesn't want to leave Oregon after coaching there for, as noted, a million years.
Mike Cavanaugh: OSU. Has been on Mike Riley's staff for five years and blah blah blah we play them every year and most years they kick our ass. Finds diamonds in the rough, polishes them up, and turns them into monsters. Could be completely unstoppable with better recruits.
Coach M: Probably not getting him back, but wouldn't it be nice?
Derek Frazier: Fresno State. Ryan Mathews has 1,500 yards on 200 carries, he must be doing something right.
Scott Huff: Boise State's answer to Tosh Lupoi. Boise State's run game is more serviceable than incredible, but its pass protection has been consistently excellent these last few years.
In any case, this is shaping up to be an interesting offseason for the Bears, one way or another. Hopefully whatever decisions Tedford makes improve us as a team. Our offensive line, at least, can't get much worse.