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Originally posted by PTulini:
Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana doesn't emerge from his shell too often, unless it's to create Skechers shoe ads. NFL.com got him talking about this year's quarterback class, and Montana is well aware of the attitude concerns about fellow Notre Dame alum Jimmy Clausen.
He just doesn't see them as a negative.
"He came in with a little bit more of an attitude than most people wanted, but if you don't have an attitude, you don't make it in the league," Montana said of Clausen. " You can't be timid and shy.
"Jimmy comes from a system that's been run in the NFL, so he's been under center and in the shotgun. He has all those things that are intangible. He's a tremendous competitor," added the eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback. "The easiest way that you can find out about guys is the old fashioned way, and that's to turn on the tape. Watch the game, and can he play? Watch who he's playing against, and watch the things he does. I think some teams lose sight of that."
Seemingly, few observers question Clausen's game film. According to NFL Network's Mike Mayock, Clausen possesses a top-ten skill set. Apparently, though, Clausen is still in store for a Dan Marino-like slide.
Great post. I may need to re-think my possition. Speaking of Joe.
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[ Edited by Giant9er on Apr 22, 2010 at 2:58 PM ]
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What Montana says is true, but I think you have to look at the upside. Inspite of Dan Devine, Montana had the it factor and just needed to be made more consistent. He made big plays.
Clausen has learned from Weiss almost everything that can be taught. Does he have upside? The other thing is that everyone is afraid of what happened with Quinn, though clausen is more talented.
The thing about QBs that you need to ask, is: are they a system QB, have they learned all they can learn already from a respectable coach w/ a pro background, if you took him away from that team could another step in his place without missing a too much of a beat because the team is alround talented. Or will they become 1/2 the team they are?
Dan Marino for example made the offense go for Pitt, although pitt did have a good D. Niners would have taken him if Montana was not on the team.
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Aaron Rodgers had atittude
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Just one Domer sticking up for another, FWIW, Dilfer also said much to same, Dilfer liked Jimmy better than Sam.
Anyway, I much more interested in Regis's opinion, he is a Domer as well