Originally posted by Legbreaker:
I don't know, Pete. I will say that Peyton is the best QB in the league, even after yesterday's loss, but he was really ineffective in the 2nd half. His players had some drops...but there were more than a few times where he was late with the football, and a few times that he tried to force a good pass into a really bad spot.
I would also take issue with comparing the Colts to the Niners. The Niners experienced a massive amount of turnover from Super Bowl to Super Bowl...more than most teams of their era. Walsh was constantly looking for newer, better players, and had no qualms bouncing a guy that was falling off. Just look at the rosters from year to year, and you'll see what I mean.
I watched every single Super Bowl, and I remember them all. Joe was head and shoulders above anyone when it mattered
All time, if there was one player that I could pick to lead the most important drive of a season, I'm picking Joe. I firmly believe that about 90% of NFL fans would pick him, too.
First of all, let me concede that I was very young when Montana was in his prime. So take my opinion on this with that in mind.
That being said, the second Cincy SB comes to mind. We're down 13-6 at the beginning of the 4th. Montana throws a pass RIGHT TO Billups, who drops an easy INT. Montana hits Rice for the game-tying TD on the very next play.
The only reason we're even in that game is because our defense held a Boomer Esiason (NFL MVP) led offense to six points up until then (they had that kickoff return for the TD that accounted for their TD).
Without a great defensive performance and a bit of luck on the Billups play, we probably don't have The Drive or a great story about John Candy. A guy like Manning isn't afforded the luxury of a "good" game, or even a "good" half. He isn't afforded the luxury of having a RB that the defense has to pay much attention. He doesn't have the luxury of a defense that can shut good teams down. Yesterday, the Saints only had 3 possessions that they didn't score on.
In terms of roster turnover, while we did have that...it was almost always for the better. We had incredible depth on our roster, thanks to Walsh & Eddie D. We had teams where guys like Jim Burt, Mike Sherrard, Tim Mckyer, Bill Romanowski, Steve Wallace, Steve Young, & Wesley Walls were coming off of our bench...and that's just names off of our 1989 team.
So while we did have roster turnover, the starters and depth were greatly improved as a result.
Anyway...if I have one drive that my life depends on, I'm picking Montana too. I just think that a QB's value extends beyond that, and I think that our memories have a way of skimming over what we don't want to remember, (Vikings & Giants blowouts come to mind) and in Montana's case...I don't think that his supporting cast is given enough credit.