Originally posted by NinerGM:Originally posted by Overkill:
I'll take P. Manning or Brady behind a struggling line over Alex Smith and an all pro line any day of the week. And twice on sunday.
And my running game with my great OL will keep P. Manning and Brady on the bench. I just need a couple of big plays to my average WR who will certainly get open because my QB has all day to throw and yours doesn't.
(See Manning against the 49ers; See Brady against Jets, 1st game).
Not to mention that neither of them have ever had a line as bad as ours, so you cant say how they would perform behind one. We haven't seen what Smith can do behind a solid line. On the other hand, we have seen what Brady and Manning can do behind a bad line only a few times, but the results werent that great.
Look at Matt Cassell, Kurt Warner, Jay Cutler, and Kyle Orton.
- Cassell went from stud to average at best when he went from NE to KC
- Kurt Warner was terrible from his days in NY to his days with Denny Green. In comes Ken Whisenhunt who focuses on the line, and Kurt Warner suddenly is a Super Bowl QB again
- Jay Cutler behind Denver's line was "The next Elway". Behind Chicago's line he looks like Rex Grossman with a strong arm.
- Kyle Orton looked terrible in Chicago. Put him behind the same line that Cutler took for granted and he helped turn a team that nobody thought would win 4 games into a legit playoff team.
Just about the only guy in the league that is still putting up numbers behind a bad line, is Aaron Rodgers....of course, now people will say "we should have taken Rodgers". Fact is that MOST of the QBs in the NFL will suck behind a bad O-line. The good ones like Manning, Brady, Brees, Palmer, and Rivers almost never get hit.