Originally posted by 80sbaby24:
Originally posted by Oscar:
Originally posted by DirtyP:
Originally posted by NineFourNiner:
Makes perfect sense to me. See the answers above. To summarize: When taking into account cost, value, team structure, team members, coaching philosophy, and offensive philosophy (among other things), I believe that Smith is the better fit for THIS TEAM TODAY. Would I take Smith over Manning in a vacuum? Hell no.
I get what you are saying, but with that logic you could also say that Trent Dilfer was a better fit for the Ravens in 2001 than Peyton Manning would have been. It just doesn't sound right to me.
Why do coaches create schemes and systems? To hide a player's deficiencies and accentuate their strengths. I made this point on the podcast - Bill Walsh did it in Cincy with Virgil Carter and Ken Anderson. And sometimes, a coach becomes such an expert in a system he knows what kind of players will maximize the system's potential. But if a player doesn't fit the system it can actually HURT the team more than it helps it.
Manning and Smith excel due to their systems maximizing their traits. Harbaugh's system doesn't maximize Manning's strengths.
I would like you to expand on this before I offer an opinion. Dont want to assume you mean one thing when you might not.
Harbaugh is a run first kind of coach. At Stanford he ran nearly 68%of the time with basically a top 15 NFL quarterback in COLLEGE. And even then, his offense was designed around the run and designed shot plays down the field. The Harbaugh offense is really one that grinds you down then hits you with one deep when you least expect it. Just ask Joe Staley.
Manning's strength, the thing that sets him apart from just about any other QB, is his ability to read defenses and change the play accordingly. Other QBs are as or more accurate (Brees) and other QBs have better arms (Newton) but there isn't another QB that can read a defense like Manning does.
Harbaugh doesn't need his QB to read defenses and change the play. He needs his QB to hand the ball off, take a shot when Roman calls the play, and take care of the football. Because if you punt, it's no biggie. The offense will grind you down again on the next possession.
In short, we would be nullifying the things that make Manning great by putting him in Harbaugh's offense. Because right now, his arm strength and his accuracy are suffering from his surgery. He has thrown some ugly passes this preseason. John Fox, the defensive coach, was willing to let Peyton do his thing on offense and bring in pieces that Manning would be comfortable with. It's a deference to Manning, which he's earned. Harbaugh isn't even willing to give Manning deference to say "yeah, we made him an offer." We were just "evaluating" him. So both systemically, and personality-wise, I think Smith is the better fit in SF. I still think Harbaugh is a top 5 coach in the NFL, and I still think we should make another deep playoff run. With Alex Smith at the helm.