Originally posted by GarciaStinks:
Originally posted by SofaKing:
Doesn't change the fact that Montana was voted #1 QB by his contemporaries. Sure, 49er fans are guilty of praising him like he's some kind of deity, but he's not overrated. He IS the greatest QB of all-time.
I don't agree. What makes him the greatest of all-time? The supposed "clutchness?" What goes unsaid is the fact that he played the rest of the game, too. Why did he even need to come back in the first place?
Besides which, quarterbacks don't win championships, teams do.
From a pure passing standpoint, there were lots better. Steve Bartkowski could have been Joe Montana, but he was stuck in Atlanta.
From a pure passing standpoint there are plenty of QBs that had/have better physical qualities than Joe Montana. And the game has changed, so lots of QBs are putting up numbers today that simply were not possible 30 years ago. But the ONLY question that is really relevant when comparing QBs over different eras is this: Your team is losing by 6 in the super bowl with two minutes left and has the ball at its own 20 yard line; what quarterback do you want under center for that drive?
I would pick Montana and so would tons of football fans, not just 49ers fans. And the reason you choose him is because he's done it before. In the super bowl, playoffs, down by 28 in the fourth quarter ... He's the best big-game quarterback in the history of the NFL, period. You can argue Manning, or Brady, or Favre, or Elway or anybody else - they are all great quarterbacks. But in taking any of them over Montana you'd be taking a guy with a worse track record. If you choose Steve Bartkowski, then you're just a complete idiot.
Supporting cast arguments are red herrings. Ask Calvin Johnson how many super bowls he's won being the best WR in the game, with a QB that throws for 5,000 yards. Or Andre Johnson. Or Randy Moss. Yes, Jerry Rice is the GOAT. But he wasn't there for two SBs and maybe, just maybe, he's the GOAT because the guy that won two SBs before he came was pretty good at getting him the ball.