Originally posted by Ceadderman:
Originally posted by miked1978:
I would replace the WR with an OT. Especially if I get a franchise QB. If I had someone like Peyton Manning as QB I can stick some average WRs in and he'll make them productive.
The difference between the Colts and the 9ers? The Colts have a Line in front of Manning.
The 9ers(especially our fans) expect their QBs' to go out there and perform miracles without one.
We COULD have another Manning on this team only we would never know it because they are too busy running for their lives on Sundays.
Notice the key word is COULD folks. If you feel compelled to bash me for "comparing Smith to Manning" well then you should've spent more time in School and less time on your xBox.
I'm sure you saw the Colts Pats game.
There was a play where Brady was fairly well protected, and Collinsworth started singing the praises of how great the Patriots O-line is.
On the very next play, their RT gets destroyed by Mathis, who comes straight at Brady. Brady might have had about 1.5 seconds to get the ball away.
Most quarterbacks would have been toast, a bad quarterback might have turned the ball over, but Brady spins to his right (straight where Mathis was going to hit him) and makes an unbelievable throw to the flats that not only avoided the sack, but picked up yards.
Not a WORD mentioned about how the Patriots O-line got destroyed on that play. They just talked about a "nice" play by Brady, ho hum diddly dee.
This play of course is just one small example of what Brady does about a dozen times a game, week after week, year after year.
Nobody cares about the O-line if the quarterback bails them out, time and time again. They look at the stats after the game and think, "Gee, the O-line must have played well." All of the great plays that avoid sacks do not show up in the stats, they just show up as "completed passes."
Without Brady, the Patriots O-line would be known as just average at best.
Same with the Colts, same with the Saints.
Fans of teams with bad quarterbacking always bash the offensive line. There is probably only one team in the league who most fans agree have a good quarterback with a bad offensive line, ironically, the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rogers.
[ Edited by BrianGO on Nov 17, 2009 at 1:36 AM ]