Originally posted by Marvin49:
Billick is a moron. Never liked that guy.
Yes, Smith needs to be efficient and needs to take what the D is giving, but to say he's eventually going to have to pass to win shows he simply doesn't understand what Harbaugh is doing.
The Niners were down by 23 points to Philly and never abandoned their offense. Yeah, they threw the ball, but they never went 4 WRs and abandoned the run game. In fact, they RAN the ball on 3rd and long on the drive where they took the lead.
The advantage this team has right now is that the other team simply has no idea when its run and when its pass. Even a 3 TE set can be a pass. With the TEs on this team, it can even be a LONG pass.
Alex needs to play well, but he doesn't need to be Brady, Manning or Rogers to win. All he needs to do is exactly what he has been doing for 6 weeks. The guy with the most passing yards doesn't always win the game...just ask Dan Marino.
What this team is right now is something they haven't been since Walsh...INNOVATIVE. They are running the ball CREATIVELY. THATS how Walsh won games. Not with brute force, but with a better strategy. THATS how the Niners are winning...by being DIFFERENT.
Billick may be a lot of things...obnoxious, arrogant, petty, (use your imagination)...but he is certainly not
The man won a Super Bowl with Trent Dilfer as his QB...a great accomplishment. Also, he is/was a member of the "Walsh family tree" of coaching. I thought if the Niners couldn't get Harbaugh as a HC, Billick would have made a nice second option...
His point was that in today's NFL, teams can't be one-dimensional. They can't get by with a dominating offense and a mediocre defense...or vice versa. In other words, he was saying that the Niners, despite showing signs of improvement on offense in the past few weeks, need to continue to improve
if they want to challenge anyone in the playoffs.
Now, is he overlooking the Niners' special teams play, which has been truly special this year? Quite possibly. Pittsburgh, to name one team, has gotten a lot of mileage out of great special teams play. The Ravens under Billick another. In the playoffs, good special teams play can be a real difference maker.
That being said, I'm just saying that I think Billick knows what he is talking about and in purely general terms, I agree with him. The Niners are still not generating a lot of yardage in their passing game and if they are really going to "take the next step", that part of their game needs to improve.
[ Edited by nw9erfan on Oct 24, 2011 at 6:56 PM ]