This makes the most sense right now.
Like most others, I worry about Billick and his QB's, but unlike his f**king idiot predecessor, when a guy like him says he's learned from his past mistakes, I believe him. As far as guys capable of formulating and implementing an offensive attack go, there are few better in my mind. If we were to hire Billick my overall feeling would be "make it happen Cap'n"
Lewis has put together some sh*tty defenses in Cinci, but he's also put together some really good ones, so he has to be considered an upgrade. All Manusky's really ever done here thus far is play a soggy zone that gives up a ton of passing yards, and can't close out a 3rd down to get off the damn field half the time. Say what you will about Marvin, but at least he's not scared to let his corners play bump and run; that in itself is an immediate upgrade to our personnel. I'd like to see what he could do with this defense.
Add the simple fact that Billick has a television job to fall back on, which I'm sure the 9ers wouldn't mind him picking back up if the lockout goes down. This makes him the most qualified guy, with the least to lose in the event of a lockout; makes sense to me.
Again, soooooo much is riding on him getting it right with the QB this time. We absolutely, positively can't afford to whiff again. The offensive line and receivers better get their sh*t together if Billick comes here. I'm pretty sure he'll be drafting high to get his guy to groom, maybe behind a vet (although I don't know what caliber of vet we'd come away with in the off-season). All I do know is: I can't endure another Alexperience.