Originally posted by Rubberneck36:
Joe Montana was the best QB ever and I loved watching him, but Young was my favorite niner QB. I just enjoyed the way he played, his toughness. He was so exciting.
You can't make "all time" statements about quarterbacking. The game is too different to compare across eras. Van Brocklin, Tittle, Unitas, Lane, Luckman,Graham, Starr, all did amazing things that nobody remembers because they weren't on tv. There are only two in the modern era who stand apart IMO . Staubach Montana. They achieved winning. They accomplished winning. That's what qb's have the capability of doing by virtue of the responsibilities of the position -- WINNING. They did the things to beat you a much higher percentage of the time than their other position peers. They made the right choices. The right reads. The right execution when the situation required them to make the right decisions.
ANd, equally important they did things that LOST games LESS than many of their peers as well. The key turnover. The bad read. The scared throw under pressure that cost the team a field goal first down or touch down in important game situations. That's why Elway is no way a top qb in my book. He made a lot of great plays but too many silly costly plays as well. A bone head for most of his career frankly, except when he got too old to improvise. Then he ran some good games, at the end.
Unfortunately, Roger did it a little better than anyone else. BUT, Joe is the only other other player is in the same ballpark. No one else. And, in fairness to Joe, Roger had many more hall of famers supporting him than Joe did. When you line up with half a dozen hall of famers on BOTH sides of the ball, it can help you out. Joe never played on the stacked era, where half a dozen teams monopolized the best talent.