Originally posted by BrodieFan:
Originally posted by ezrider:
Gotta disagree with you there. Frankie Albert was the team's best QB until Tittle arrived who was better than Brodie. Frankie was simply awesome. He was such a great little QB that when Otto Graham (perhaps the greatest QB of THAT time) was named 1st team All Pro, they listed Frankie on the first team as a running back.
Accurate passer, left-handed, great little runner, tremendous punter who used the quick kick often. Even coached the Niners.
Ezrider, you need to consult with MadDog. Frankie Albert was a little guy so he just couldn't have been that good at playing QB. According to the dog, you need to be at least 6'3" and not an inch shorter to have a decent chance in the NFL.
And, on Brodie, you have to admit that if he had played with any of Montana's defenses, he would have taken the team to the Superbowl. All the team had to do in '70 was hold on to an 11-point lead with less than 2 minutes to go. Any of Montana's or Young's defenses could have done that. So, of course, after 29 years, I'm still bitter about Brodie not being the first Niner Superbowl quarterback.
Just to set the record straight, you are referring to the '72 playoff game with Dallas not the 1970 game. That '72 game turned when a rookie WR named Preston Riley fumbled an onside kick with less than 2 minutes left. Interestingly, that was the exact same day that Franco Harris made his "immaculate reception" against the Raiders.......a very sad day for Bay Area sports teams.
IMHO, the Niners had fine defenses in those years. Great DEs in Hardman and Hart, fine LBs (including HOFer D Wilcox) and a better than average secondary which included the great HOF CB Jimmy Johnson.
The problem was, they went up against a slightly better defense in Dallas'. Dallas had the playoff experience and were just a little bit better. The Niners of that era have nothing to apologize for though.....those were very fine teams. The 1970 version beat an excellent Vikings team on the road in the snow in Minnesota. The next week in the NFC championship game at Kesar, a couple of key plays went against them and they were beaten 17-10. Again, nothing to apologize for....that was a terrific team.....and the team that truly made me a Niner fan.
[ Edited by nw9erfan on May 8, 2009 at 12:21 AM ]