Originally posted by GoalLineStand:
Originally posted by Niners99:
i dont really remember Joe Montana playing for the Niners. i was about 6 or 7 when he left for KC, so itd be easy for me to say Steve Young, who i grew up watching. to me he was the 49ers QB when i was growing up.
however, being a hardcore, keep up with the team daily Niner fan for 16 years now, ive done alot of research on what i missed in the Montana years. There is a reason Joe is thought of as the best QB in NFL history. he had an intangible quality. leading a comeback came routinely, and when the difficultly and pressure of the playoffs/Super Bowl came up, he stepped his game up to an even higher level. Montana played in 4 Super Bowls. he won all 4, was named MVP in 3, (lead the game winning 2 min. drive with a TD pass to WIN the championship in the one game he DIDNT get MVP), and had a career QB rating in the big game of 127.8 (with no picks), best all time. there will never be another Joe Montana.
Steve Young was great, but Joe Montana was legendary. Young had the better tools, but Montana had the touch, the accuracy, the brains, the cool attitude, and the killer instinct when the games got really important.
IMO its a no brainer pick. if Steve Young didnt win the Super Bowl in 94-95, he wouldnt have been remember the same, both among the fans, and nationally. that season he stepped out of Montanas shadow for the first time, and the fans loved him for good. we lose that game and hed be "that very good Niner QB that just couldnt get it done."
anybody over the age of 35 is going to say Montana regardless because they saw the careers of both, but for the people around my age and younger, go watch some old games. look at some playoff stats and such. its incredible.
For someone that never really got to see Montana play you pretty much nailed it.
I consider myself lucky to see every game Montana played from December 1982 until he became a Chief, thanks to my trusty old Beta VCR. I was serving in the military from 1/79 until 12/82 so I didn't get to see the 1981 season with the exception of the playoffs and SB16.
From my recollection, Young was never much of a come from behind QB. If the team got down early, he panicked. Anyone else remember the playoff game against the Cowboys in the early 90's when they won their 1st SB under Jimmy Johnson. Young had the classic 'deer in the headlights' look on his face while trying to lead a comeback late in the game. Even Madden commented on it. It's a look that I never saw on Montana's face.
As good of a quarterback as Steve Young was physically, he just didn't have the mojo that Montana had. The 49ers won the Super Bowl in the 94-95 season on the strength of the defense. That was the missing ingredient needed to put the team past the Cowboys in the '90s. That was the year they brought in Deion Sanders, Ken Norton Jr., Rickey Jackson, Gary Plummer, and Tim McDonald, and they drafted Bryant Young.
The most frustrating thing about Young, as you mentioned, was that he panicked A LOT when the pressure was put on him. The 49ers were a very good team throughout the '90s, but they always allowed the Packers to best them in the playoffs. I believe if Montana had been quarterbacking those teams instead of Young, the 49ers would've capture at least two more Super Bowl wins.
Steve Young was a great quarterback during the regular season. However, once he faced the pressure of the playoffs, he wilted. Whereas, Montana thrived and excelled under that pressure. Overall, Montana was, and forever will be, the better quarterback.
49ers Fan in NC