If the lens is longer than the bellows, you wont be able to focus at all!
So for example if you have a 210 lens you need 21 cm of bellows extension to focus at infinity, anything less and it is like being nearsighted without glasses.....you only see blurr..
Now if you wish to focus on objects closer than infinity then you need to extend the bellows even more.
I have not read the View Camera article but Simmons is a very acomplished LF photographer so I think you misunderstood the article.

If you post what kind of camera and bellows lenght you have maybe some of the members or I can give some suggestions for inexpensive lenses.