Billick Talks Chiefs, Montana & Manning

During one of the few interludes where no GMs, coaches or players were available to speak to the media horde on Saturday, NFL Network/Fox Sports analyst and former Ravens head coach Brian Billick stepped to the podium.

He was asked a lot of questions about Peyton Manning and his future.

“When you bring in Peyton Manning, it’s, ‘Peyton, bring me your playbook, because that’s what we’re going to put in.’ Why would you not put Peyton Manning in an environment in which he’s most comfortable?” said Billick. “So you’re going to wrap your entire offense around what he wants to do, and then for whatever time you’ve rented him — is it two years? Is it three years? Hopefully very productive –– you then have to go back and start over.

“Yeah, there’s a huge upside, but there’s got to be a part of you that says you’re anxious to get on with what you want to do and the structure that you put together.”

Billick referenced the Chiefs, Joe Montana and the 1993 season when the quarterback came over in a trade with San Francisco. After two seasons in K.C., Montana was done and the Chiefs had to move forward under head coach Marty Schottenheimer.

“That was Joe Montana’s offense, and they had some success,” Billick said. “Ultimately, it wasn’t the ultimate success, but they made the playoffs, they did a nice job. But then they had to transition, and what did they transition to?

“When you look at Marty’s progression in Kansas City, what happened after Joe Montana left? It set back the progression that I imagine Marty — and you’d have to ask Marty – I can’t imagine that wasn’t a bit of a detour as to what Marty wanted to put together, and ultimately he (Schottenheimer) ended up leaving Kansas City. So I think there are some analogies to draw from that.”

4 Responses to “Billick Talks Chiefs, Montana & Manning”

  • February 26, 2012  - Tenand6 says:

    I would argue the problem post-Montana was not committing to Rich Gannon.

  • February 26, 2012  - Rick says:

    I can see the temptation of bringing in Manning, but if you don’t win it all with the guy it ends up a waste of time.

    Personally, I hope it doesn’t happen.

  • February 26, 2012  - txchief says:

    It is true that the Chiefs should have kept Gannon and not Grbac. But at the time, when both seemed about equally talented, they decided to keep the younger guy.

  • February 26, 2012  - Bill Leifer says:

    The moral of the story: Never keep the quarterback whose name starts with three consonants.

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