Originally posted by ninersoul:
Originally posted by Dr_Bill_Walsh:
plus the '91 offseason was just bad vibes...ronnie & roger go to LA, buncha old timers from the 80's dynasty call it quits (wright, keena, mike wilson, et al.) or aren't re-signed (millen), haley started to get extra bats**t crazy and hate seifert, montana gets hurt in the preseason (against the stupid seahawks of course) and misses another year,
Wow, I didn't know Montana played in the preseason. I thought that injury he sustained in the '90 NFC title game kept him out for 2 seasons.
everyone thought he had fully recovered between that january loss and august when preseason started and would be the starter in '91...
don't remember if he actually played any snaps or just re-aggravated his elbow injury (from the leonard marshall hit) during pregame warmups against seattle, but at first it seemed like a minor tweak and a late lineup scratch so that joe was just gonna sit out that preseason game as a routine precautionary measure...
then it was big news that hit everyone like a ton of bricks when it was revealed during the week following that it would lead to season-ending elbow surgery...talk about demoralizing
i vaguely remember reading about all this in the 49ers 50th anniversary book (i was only 8 in '91 so firsthand memory is vauge at best)
[ Edited by Dr_Bill_Walsh on Jan 18, 2013 at 17:24:32 ]