Stronger at what...bench pressing? It is an exercise that has been around 50 - 70 years, so, what makes it part of being stronger? Look at what the strongmen of yore did--all kinds of standing presses and I'd say most of them look a lot better than guys who do a ton of bench presses, etc., and had more all around strength and fitness.To get stronger, bigger, faster... To look better naked, to feel better about yourself, to do something other than sit on his rump all day...
I don't know, I just think that telling someone to forget one of the big three because he isn't competing, especially if the second opinion comes back with better results, is sort of ridiculous. He came here with an issue, because he WANTS to bench (well an alternative to it for now), not because he wants an excuse not to.
Faster? Via a bench press? Speed is being blessed with a combination of top notch gross & fine motor skills and a higher than average percentage of fast twitch fibers. If I wanted to get faster, I'd do what sprinters do and focus on speed work, speed lifts, etc.
Back around 1998, there was a college professor by the name of Arthur DeVany who taught economics...he emerged on the strength and fitness scene saying, amongst other things, the bench press isn't the valuable of an exercise. In Power to the People, Pavel Tsatsouline adds more perspective to this and even Paul Chek pointed out the concerns (and fallacies) of bench pressing.
IMHO, if you want to get big, if you want real strength, use whole body exercises where you're not supported and stabilized by a bench.
Remember, the "big three" of powerlifting have only been around since the late 50s/early 60s. Clean and jerks, snataches, side presses, deadlifts of various kinds--strength moves which demand speed, skill and coordination--have been around for a heckuva a lot longer.