Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by tjd808185:
Montana was a top 10 passer just about every year. You can't let today's numbers skew your view. Put Montana in today's league and his stats would be significantly up.
Montana and Walsh would likely have the same numbers and be winning super bowls. Don't forget, many folks said Montana was a result of the system and anyone could throw all those short passes. Guys like Bradshaw, Marino and Elway were real QBs.
Yep, that was exactly the way the debate went back then.
Montana's yards/attempt went up when Jerry Rice came into his prime but even then, much of the yardage came after the catch. Walsh just wore out LBs with swing passes to Craig and Rathman and then split them down the middle on slants with only a safety to beat. So much of the second half in the Philly game reminded me of that Walsh offense. Walsh was a big believer in not only spreading the field vertically, but horizontally as well. Once he had the defense all spread out, it became easy to complete 10-15 yard passes that marched right down the field - looked just like that 4th quarter drive that put the final nail in the coffin.
[ Edited by dj43 on Sep 21, 2013 at 1:15 PM ]