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Joe Montana: I never had a season as good as Aaron Rodgers

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Joe Montana might be the best quarterback in NFL history, but he thinks Aaron Rodgers is having a better season than he ever had — or that anyone ever had.

Asked on the Dan Patrick Show whether his best season was as good as Rodgers’ 2011 season, Montana said he didn’t think it was.

“The one he’s having right now is pretty phenomenal,” Montana said of Rodgers’ season. “I’m not sure I had one like that.”

Asked if any quarterback has had a season like Rodgers, Montana said he couldn’t think of one.

“I don’t think so,” Montana said. “From my understanding, the way the numbers are going, I don’t think anyone has.”

With a passer rating of 123.3 this year, Rodgers has a good chance of breaking Peyton Manning’s single-season passer rating record, which he set in 2004 with a rating of 121.1. If, in the next three games, Rodgers wraps up both the passer rating record and an undefeated season, it would be hard to argue with the idea that Rodgers has had the best year of any quarterback ever to play the game.

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  1. ooginator says: Dec 16, 2011 12:28 PM

    Tim. Tebow.

  2. mrplow3 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:29 PM

    If Joe Montana’s 49ers were all in their prime playing in today’s NFL, Montana would be having a better season.

    With all due respect to Rodgers, the rules are so different today.

    I’ve never in my life seen an offense as dominant as that Rice / Montana offense in their prime.

    It was amazing to watch.

  3. freewayjim says: Dec 16, 2011 12:30 PM

    He never had a season as good as Tom Brady’s either.

    He also never threw for over 4,000+ yards in a season.

    But regardless, it’s great to see a Joe Montana post in here!

  4. mnpackersfan says: Dec 16, 2011 12:31 PM

    He has 2 cold weather games left against the Lions and Bears- both good defenses. It will be a good test for him to stay above Mannings Passer Rating mark.

  5. 49fromwi says: Dec 16, 2011 12:31 PM

    Wow!! Even I think that Joe is smoin’ something.

  6. crashdog says: Dec 16, 2011 12:32 PM

    Lace up the Shape Ups Joe. I am sure even at your age, you could one up Aaron

  7. 2dollarpbrs says: Dec 16, 2011 12:32 PM

    Brett Who?

  8. mvp43 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:32 PM

    What—– Obviously he forgot about Tim Tebow.

  9. steelwarriors55 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:33 PM

    As a steeler I hate to say this because the pain is still there from last year’s super bowl loss but you have to be honnest this kid is the real deal.In my mind he’s having the best season ever for an individual QB.The only thing he needs to do is put more seasons like this and the battle between Montana and Brady about the best QB ever will be more about the 2nd best ever !

  10. jeffharwell3 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:33 PM

    coming from a 49ers fan who got to see 2 of the best QB’s of all time play… this is the best season of QB i have ever seen played. the accuracy is out of this world. why o why didnt the 9ers draft this guy when they had a chance???!!!

  11. i3addog says: Dec 16, 2011 12:33 PM

    Of course, he’s a Green Bay Packer. The mystique of Title Town USA continues to grow.

    #bitemevikingfans

  12. btg1911 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:33 PM

    “If, in the next three games, Rodgers wraps up both the passer rating record and an undefeated season, it would be hard to argue with the idea that Rodgers has had the best year of any quarterback ever to play the game.”

    I agree that it is one of the greatest, but it does need to be looked at in context. Montana, Marino, every guy that played up until the middle of the last decade never had the luxury of defenses being forced to play flag-football.

    It’s comepletely different game than it was even 7 or 8 years ago, before the “illegal contact” rule was put in place/enforced.

  13. rwmilli says: Dec 16, 2011 12:33 PM

    Uhh ” hard to argue ” maybe amongst modern era QBs. It’s not the same game it was when Montana played, if you want to do comparisons keep it with newer age QBs, the guys playing today who knows of they’d be average even if it weren’t for all the changes. Not taking anything away from your elites, mannings, brees, Brady, etc..

  14. packattack1967 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:36 PM

    and with the 24th pick in the 2005 draft The Green Bay Packers select…

  15. btg1911 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:36 PM

    I guess I’m just annoyed that in today’s NFL you don’t have to ever run the ball nor do you have to play defense.

    There is only one way to win, and that’s throwing the ball. You used to have a great defensive team, and then a team that ran it down the throat of the defense, and then a team that air’d it out. Different paths to winning a Super Bowl.

    Today’s NFL is about as cookie cutter as it can get.

  16. tombradyallday says: Dec 16, 2011 12:36 PM

    he may not have had the season hes having but montana is the post season king 4 rings under pressure

  17. mazenblue says: Dec 16, 2011 12:36 PM

    Dan Patrick is awesome!!!!

  18. packerrube13 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:38 PM

    WOW. High praise arguably the best QB in history. But I don’t like it, even as a Packer fan.

    One, Montana didn’t play in a pass happy league, and his numbers would still be outstanding today. So it’s really not apples to apples, as I fully believe Montana would be able to post a season much like Rodgers in today’s game. Two, I don’t like how fans, analysts, reporters, and players always try to find a place for today’s accomplishments in history and use hyperbole way too often. This is not just football, it’s all sports. Can’t we just enjoy the high level of play, without trying to discredit the historic players and always throwing around “best ever?” I am just enjoying watching Rodgers play the game at a high level, and I don’t care if it’s the best QB season ever. I respect players like Montana, Brady (2007?), Marino, etc too much to discredit what they’ve accomplished to place Rodgers above them, especially with such a small sample size thus far.

    Just my worthless $.02.

  19. rc33 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:38 PM

    Brady’s regular season in ’07 will certainly be comparable.
    TD’s, yardage, completion percentage, etc.. will all be right about the same.
    Passer rating means something but the statistic itself is vague and ambiguous.

  20. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 16, 2011 12:39 PM

    Stay loose Joe.

  21. Wisconsin77 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:39 PM

    Statistically, many QBs have had better seasons better than Montana.

  22. btg1911 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:39 PM

    “i3addog says:
    Dec 16, 2011 12:33 PM
    Of course, he’s a Green Bay Packer. The mystique of Title Town USA continues to grow.

    #bitemevikingfans”

    Your team is on a historic run yet you feel the need to attack fans of a 2-11 team.

    #perspective

  23. granadafan says: Dec 16, 2011 12:39 PM

    And the so-called experts and sheeple fans scoffed at Rodgers just because he held the ball high while dropping back to pass coming out of college at CAL. What these alleged evaluators failed to realize was that Rodgers was always very accurate and had a cannon for an arm. He tied the record for the most consecutive completions against the eventual national champions, U$C. Rodgers overcame the diva attitude of Favre and idiot Packer fans who booed him during training camp.

  24. cardiovascularendurance says: Dec 16, 2011 12:40 PM

    You won’t disturb Joe. He’ll be up in his room masturbating.

  25. waxthat says: Dec 16, 2011 12:42 PM

    Joe is a class act.

    I wouldnt even go as far as to say Rodgers is having the best season in modern times with the new rules in place. Manning and Brady were just as good.

  26. theallegedone says: Dec 16, 2011 12:42 PM

    Well Joe, even though you had arguably the best receiver of all time, when you played it was definitely not a passing league like it is today. I believe if Joe Montana played in today’s league, and had the receivers he had back then, he would be having a better season than Aaron Rodgers.

  27. 4evrnyt says: Dec 16, 2011 12:42 PM

    Let’s get this straight; Joe Montana is and has never been known for his passing records or stats. He’s known as the greatest comeback QB of all time because when the game is on the line and the team needed him to win the game you knew there was no better player to do that then Joe Montana.

    When Rogers has come from behind and won in the superbowl then I’ll make Rogers / Montana comparisons.

    If you want to talk stats then lets compare Rogers / Young.

  28. i3addog says: Dec 16, 2011 12:43 PM

    Hey all you NFC North fans. How does it feel to know the Packers will have back to back QB’s going into the Hall of Fame ?

    Sucks to be you if you’re not a Packer Fan.

  29. The Chu says: Dec 16, 2011 12:46 PM

    I don’t understand all the arguments about “in this era of passing” and such. Jim Brown is argued to be one of the best running backs of all time (and I don’t dispute that), but *that* era was very run-centric. No one lowers his or other old-school running backs’ achievements though.

  30. woodyg says: Dec 16, 2011 12:47 PM

    Winning back to back Lombardi Trophies is AR’s only concern ……. He’s doesn’t talk stats & defers his successes on the field to his teammates …… He’s a refreshing change from the hillbilly who used to be the GB QB …….

  31. 4evrnyt says: Dec 16, 2011 12:48 PM

    If you want 400 yards passing and 3 touchdowns in a regular season game call Aaron Rogers but if you want to win in the post season when your team is behind by 10 with 5 minutes left in the 4th Quarter I’d call Joe Montana.

  32. bostonhasrealhockey says: Dec 16, 2011 12:49 PM

    TOM BRADY ????

  33. minnysoda says: Dec 16, 2011 12:50 PM

    Still the greatest QB of all time for championships Bart Starr 5
    Now Aaron is the 2nd best
    BrINT 3rd because he tried to hurt the Packers because he quit then created all the Drama
    what a useless man
    Starr still is one of the classiest individuals to play the game

  34. weneedlinemen42 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:51 PM

    Marino 1984, playing on a far less talented team under completely different rules that made it much easier to defend against the pass.

  35. freewayjim says: Dec 16, 2011 12:52 PM

    SMH, again, the game is not that radically different than when Joe Montana played. Are there some differences? yes but not radical to where you can’t compare numbers.

    Prior to the 1978 season is when the MAJOR, RADICAL rule changes were instituted with regards to pass blocking and the pass interference rules. So in reality you can say 1978 to the present is essentially the same era. All the rule changes since 1978 are tweaks as opposed to radical changes. Guys were complaining of QB’s wearing skirts back then.

    A little more research at pro-football reference.com and coldhardfootballfacts.com along with less hooting from the hip will back this up and make you a smarter fan.

  36. chris6523 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:52 PM

    If Joe Montana’s 49ers were all in their prime playing in today’s NFL, Montana would be having a better season.

    With all due respect to Rodgers, the rules are so different today.

    I’ve never in my life seen an offense as dominant as that Rice / Montana offense in their prime.

    It was amazing to watch

    ________________________________

    Despite being a packer fan, I gave this comment a thumbs up. I think over the years we are forgetting how great Joe Montana was. No one was as cool as Joe under pressure. Some people think he had superior talent all around him. He did have talent to work with, but other than Jerry Rice and Montana, will anyone else that was on the field offensively with Montana be in the Hall of Fame? The John Taylors, Dwight Clarks, Harris Bartons, and Roger Craigs were some of the top players at their positions when they were in their prime, but I think all great QBs have to have a certain amount of talent around them to be successful.

  37. elvoid says: Dec 16, 2011 12:54 PM

    Not taking anything away from Rodgers – he is having a great season – perhaps an historic season – and he is clearly one hell of a QB, hall of fame bound if he keeps this up.

    However, if great QB’s of the past like Montana, Unitas, Marino, etc. were able to play the game under today’s rules, I believe they might have “historic” seasons as well.

  38. sj39 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:54 PM

    Please don’t even mention Brady in the same sentence with Joe. It’s stupid.

  39. chris6523 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:54 PM

    and with the 24th pick in the 2005 draft The Green Bay Packers select…

    ______________________________

    Not a lot of suspense in that pick as I recall.

  40. dachozen1 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:55 PM

    That’s because you played football and Rodgers is in a WWF era. The outcomes are almost predicted by refs. Defense is a thing of the past and I have much more respect 4 those who played the game when they actucally had to make good throws and receivers didnt run free like bambi through the pure meadows.

  41. norcalmafia says: Dec 16, 2011 12:55 PM

    Gotta echo post above..Joe never had a season like this but hes got four rings and all his best performances were in the playoffs and super bowls Montana was so clutch…

  42. skittlesareyum says: Dec 16, 2011 12:56 PM

    There is only one way to win, and that’s throwing the ball. You used to have a great defensive team, and then a team that ran it down the throat of the defense, and then a team that air’d it out. Different paths to winning a Super Bowl.

    A huge part of the Packers playoff run last year was their defensive play. As a Packers fan, I’m more than a little concerned about it this year. 13-0 is great and all, but that doesn’t mean everything is going well, because the playoffs are a whole different animal.

  43. sterilizecromartie says: Dec 16, 2011 12:56 PM

    Pretty sad when a pro athlete being humble is newsworthy.

  44. mattolikesthevikes says: Dec 16, 2011 12:58 PM

    I hate the pack but gotta admit its interesting to watch. I swear they have 15 players on the field at one time. Someone’s always wide open and it’s always 20 yards down the field.

  45. hatesycophants says: Dec 16, 2011 1:00 PM

    The man’s name is Super Joe.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  46. miamidolphins1 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:01 PM

    dan marinos 1984 season will never be topped.

    he did it in his first full year as a starter, 2nd year in the league, against teams that were actually allowed to play defense, u were allowed to breathe on the qb back then, its not close.

  47. btg1911 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:03 PM

    When there are 3 guys that can break the single-season passing yardage mark in the same season, there is a problem with the rules and clear evidence that they are not playing the same game that past QB’s were.

  48. bjorntorock says: Dec 16, 2011 1:03 PM

    And hes all ours!!!!!!!! sincerely, packer nation!!!!!

  49. randomguy9999 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:04 PM

    quote:
    —————————
    ooginator says:
    Dec 16, 2011 12:28 PM
    Tim. Tebow.
    —————————

    for you to even put his name (and his backup QB numbers) in this discussion is insane….

    Congrats AR on a monster season, record or not….

  50. themage78 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:06 PM

    Rodgers had a great opportunity to sit behind Favre for 3 years. He learned a great deal from him. Another thing is the Packers have hit on aa bunch of good WR who have helped Rodgers. If you look at the YAC of the Packers it’s very high in the NFL. So a short screen can become a huge yard gaining play.

    It also helps his defense gives him the ball in great position to score.

    I’m not knocking him, but I don’t think he’s as godlike as everyone says he is. I think the Packers have become a very good, well built team that are playing great football.

  51. yevrag3535 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:07 PM

    Rodgers is a tweet. Pesonality of a fly but he sure can play.

  52. tsi4431 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:08 PM

    There are two things that don’t change in any era, no matter the rule changes.

    Accuracy and intelligence (decision making).

    They are what make the best QB, not yardage or touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers is only 2nd to Drew Brees in accuracy and number one in all time with intelligence. Add Marino, Starr, Young, Montana, Brady he is above all.

  53. dannyreneau says: Dec 16, 2011 1:08 PM

    He’s gotta get past my Chiefs first! WOOT WOOT!

    HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA

  54. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Dec 16, 2011 1:09 PM

    Nobody has. And Aaron may not have as many Super Bowl rings has Joe, but you better believe they’re coming….don’t you worry about that.

    Go. Pack. Go.

  55. isujames says: Dec 16, 2011 1:10 PM

    The defenses back when montana played where way more ferocious and better.They are playing in two different times!

  56. 5f6a says: Dec 16, 2011 1:11 PM

    When Aaron Rodgers has won four Super Bowls in less than 10 years, without a loss, and wrapped up three Super Bowl MVP trophies, then he can claim to be the equal of Joe Montana.

    Rodgers is a great, great QB but you have to achieve the near-impossible to be in the same sentence as Joe Montana. That’s why Brady will never be Joe’s equal. Nor anyone else.

    I wish Rodgers the best, he’s a Norcal guy and unless he’s playing the Niners, I root for him. But he has a HELLUVA long way to go to equal Joe.

    Don’t care about stats. Show me the bling.

  57. crindal3000 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:12 PM

    the rules are different now so it’s about how a QB handles high pressure situations rather than stats. No one did it better than Montana.

  58. growler32 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:12 PM

    Yes the Pack is having a good season. Reporters have all but given them the Lombardi Trophy. But remeber just as the preseaon dosen’t matter to the regular season. The regular season doesn’t mean crap as soon a the toe touches the leather in the Playoff. I recall last season the Packers being the sixth seed in the NFC and they won. I was happy for them. This year they’ll be #1 with a big target. Last year The Saints had the Big target on their backs. I’m just saying we’ll see what the playoffs bring. Question for everybody out here. if the Lions are the sixth seed will they play the Packer, unlike baseball where you can’t play someone in your division in the wild card round. I am 99% that in football it doesn’t matter. Just want to be 100%.

  59. shallowfan says: Dec 16, 2011 1:12 PM

    Montana is the best QB ever to play imo. What he and Rice did in the 80’s was just incredible…and that was when you could actually hit the QB.

    That being said for an individual season Rodgers is doing amazing. I wasn’t that big of a fan of his a couple of seasons ago, but I’m a believer.

    imo you have to have rings to backup your stats to be considered to be considered one of the best. Marino was a good QB…lots of yards. Favre was a good QB…all the records pretty much, but not enough rings. That is the problem with Manning…who I think is a phenominal QB (just think if they actually surrounded him with talent what he could do), but Manning’s legacy is losing a SB he should’ve won and choking in the playoffs. Brady is clutch…he has won them all.

    GB can have a dynasty if they can keep Rodgers surrounded with talent, and actually have a running attack and defense.

  60. wozzmann1955 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:13 PM

    Bart Starr is the post season king,,5 rings and missed a 6th by 5 yards

  61. firethorn1001 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:14 PM

    ‘There is only one way to win, and that’s throwing the ball.’

    I assume you mean excluding Denver, SF, Baltimore and Houston. (Who are 31, 29, 15 and 17th in passing respectively in passing and 1, 7, 13 and 2nd in rushing)

    But please… go on with your rant.

  62. jusford says: Dec 16, 2011 1:14 PM

    Possibly apples and oranges.
    Aaron doesn’t have the elite back Joe had.
    Defenses are probably more complex then back in the Montana era.
    Debating is kinda dumb anyway. Just enjoy watching Rodgers light it up. Twenty years from now folks can then argue who’s better than Rodgers.

  63. donz0 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:18 PM

    Don’t sell yourself short, Joe.

  64. hedleykow says: Dec 16, 2011 1:18 PM

    Completely different game during Montana’s days when head-hunting quarterbacks and wicked hits to receivers dictated how games were won and lost.

  65. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Dec 16, 2011 1:18 PM

    I agree with those who have said the game has changed to favor QBs more since Montana played. I’ll add that if the Packers don’t win the Super Bowl, Montana will have had at least four seasons better than this one. They haven’t won it yet, you know, despite what Carl would have you believe.

  66. sbxxix says: Dec 16, 2011 1:21 PM

    I wonder how many roghing the passer calls and helmet to helmet hits would Montana have over Rodgers. I wonder if he would be as accurate with no roughing the passer or helmet to helmet hit rules cuz Montana was ;)…

  67. benandjerrysberryhorny says: Dec 16, 2011 1:24 PM

    By the time Rodgers career is over Montana won’t even be able to look at his jock.

  68. edukator4 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:26 PM

    things that really matter are wins and tds. 16 wins and 50 tds is the benchmark. i hate the pats, but imo brady’s 2007 season is still the high water mark.

  69. gb4mn0 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:27 PM

    i3addog says:
    Dec 16, 2011 12:33 PM
    Of course, he’s a Green Bay Packer. The mystique of Title Town USA continues to grow.

    #bitemevikingfans

    —————————————–

    100 thumbs up i3addog.

    It’s one of the most glaring illustrations of the ineptness of that 3rd rate expansion franchise 275 miles west of Title Town. The lavender Larry dummies past on Rodgers twice in the 1st rd of the ’05’ draft for Erasmus James and Troy Williamson, either of which are still in the league.

  70. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Dec 16, 2011 1:29 PM

    mrplow3 says:Dec 16, 2011 12:29 PM

    If Joe Montana’s 49ers were all in their prime playing in today’s NFL, Montana would be having a better season.

    With all due respect to Rodgers, the rules are so different today.

    I’ve never in my life seen an offense as dominant as that Rice / Montana offense in their prime.

    It was amazing to watch.
    __________________________________

    Taking nothing away from JM’s accomplishments….but he did have the pleasure of playing in years where most of the rest of the NFL was a a complete doormat, not to mention they (Niners) played 2 games a year against the NFC West opposition…and some of those teams could’ve lost to college teams.

    As mentioned…comparing any decade even to another is a joke. The 60’s Packers would get their rears handed to them, and soundly, in today’s game…and I’m a Pack fan. Can’t compare that stuff…like saying Babe Ruth could’ve hit tons of homers off of Lincecum. Doubtful.

  71. jimmysee says: Dec 16, 2011 1:29 PM

    Thank God for Tim Tebow (really!)

    Takes the media heat off the Packers and Rodgers.

  72. steelersownyou says: Dec 16, 2011 1:30 PM

    Cant wait til big ben ruins this clowns dream of 19-0 in the super bowl! Viva ben!

  73. lookatthefarside says: Dec 16, 2011 1:30 PM

    That was then, this is now. Montana will always be the One of The Best!

  74. pigskinswag says: Dec 16, 2011 1:30 PM

    Montana = Greatest. Quarterback. EVAR!

  75. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Dec 16, 2011 1:34 PM

    Dec 16, 2011 1:11 PM
    When Aaron Rodgers has won four Super Bowls in less than 10 years, without a loss, and wrapped up three Super Bowl MVP trophies, then he can claim to be the equal of Joe Montana.
    —–

    You guys are so effing stupid, I don’t even know what I post here. Aaron didn’t say a word about any of this, Joe Montana said it on his own.

  76. bmue42 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:35 PM

    we know

  77. kidpresentable says: Dec 16, 2011 1:37 PM

    “If you want 400 yards passing and 3 touchdowns in a regular season game call Aaron Rogers but if you want to win in the post season when your team is behind by 10 with 5 minutes left in the 4th Quarter I’d call Joe Montana.”

    Rodgers just doesn’t let his team get behind by 10 in the 4th – at least not lately.

    I don’t think anybody is ready to say Rodgers is better than Montana, but if people are going to rag on Rodgers because he plays in a pass-happy, illegal contact-enforcing league, it should be held against Montana that he played in an era without free agency.

    Regardless, back in ’05 I thought there was no way that Rodgers would be as good as Favre. I was just hoping that he’d be good. I would have been ecstatic to learn that one day Rodgers would be mentioned in the same breath as Joe Montana – by Joe Montana.

  78. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Dec 16, 2011 1:38 PM

    growler32 says:Dec 16, 2011 1:12 PM

    This year they’ll be #1 with a big target….

    __________________________________

    Not predicting a Super Bowl perfect sweep for the Packers, but you DO see how ridiculous that statement is, right???

    They’ve been THE #1 and ONLY big target since the 2nd week of February of LAST YEAR, and have still brought home the goods.

    My apologies if you’re still in middle school…then I take it all back.

  79. tombradyswig says: Dec 16, 2011 1:40 PM

    at least you never did the stupid belt thing Joe!!!

  80. sjhesketh says: Dec 16, 2011 1:40 PM

    When Aaron Rodgers has won four Super Bowls in less than 10 years, without a loss, and wrapped up three Super Bowl MVP trophies, then he can claim to be the equal of Joe Montana.

    Rodgers is a great, great QB but you have to achieve the near-impossible to be in the same sentence as Joe Montana. That’s why Brady will never be Joe’s equal. Nor anyone else.
    *******************************************

    Let’s go easy on the hyperbole. Joe Montana was a great, great QB. Fantastic QB, the best of his time. But he did lead his teams to three straight first round playoff losses from 85-87, something that always seems to get overlooked these days. That doesn’t make him less great, but he wasn’t perfect either. Joe was 16-7 in the playoffs in his career.

    I wouldn’t call his feats “near-impossible,” “great” is a good enough descriptor for me. Brady’s close to what Joe did, 3-1 in the SB instead of 4-0 of course. Brady’s 14-5 in the playoffs. Both he and Rodgers (and Brees) have time left to make a run at Joe’s achievements.

  81. weepingjebus says: Dec 16, 2011 1:44 PM

    Not sure what else Montana could have said to avoid being branded an egotistical jerk, but if he played under today’s rules he’d be way out in front in a lot of categories. Similarly, Rodgers’ amazing season will probably be a mere statistic in 20 years when defenders aren’t allowed to cross the line of scrimmage or tackle with more than one arm.

  82. broncobillie says: Dec 16, 2011 1:45 PM

    Nice to see class. Thanks, Joe.

  83. sxt004 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:45 PM

    You know what amazes me. No one talks about Brees. He’s having a monster season. Ah well

  84. shymovieguydarb says: Dec 16, 2011 1:48 PM

    Hey Freewayjim,

    It looks to me like Aaron Rodgers has already had at least 3 4,000 yard seasons. 2008 Green Bay Packers 4,038, 2009 Green Bay Packers 4,434 2011 Green Bay Packers 4,125.

  85. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 16, 2011 1:48 PM

    cardiovascularendurance says:
    Dec 16, 2011 12:40 PM
    You won’t disturb Joe. He’ll be up in his room masturbating.
    ___________________
    There isn’t anything in this analysis that I can technically disagree with because it is all within the realm of possibility.

  86. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Dec 16, 2011 1:52 PM

    weneedlinemen42 says:Dec 16, 2011 12:51 PM

    Marino 1984, playing on a far less talented team under completely different rules that made it much easier to defend against the pass.
    _________________________________

    With a stud RB or 2, maybe the best O-line ever, and an awesome Dolphin defense….against teams when the rest of the league was not anywhere near the team equality of today’s league….just like when Joe played. Can’t compare the two.

  87. ireportyoudecide says: Dec 16, 2011 1:53 PM

    Dan Marino once threw for 75 TD’s in my Super Tecmo Bowl League, in my opinion that was a lot more impressive then anything Rodgers is doing.

  88. pcoisma says: Dec 16, 2011 1:55 PM

    So when has stating the obvious become News Worthy”? Only in the L.A. Area. New adopted son is Rodgers? Hell you can not keep a team in LA . Take your Montanna & Rice and enjoy the puke yellow coats. Really Alex Smith is a S-Bowl QB?

  89. lionsplayoffs says: Dec 16, 2011 1:56 PM

    Joe Montana interviews never get old.

  90. shibbyleigh says: Dec 16, 2011 1:58 PM

    1. I like how people are stating that Rodgers needs to win a “come from behind” Super Bowl to be compared to Montana. So Rodgers has to be penalized for not being behind? How about just handing the other team a pummeling and not falling behind? You all sound like Skip Bayless; not a good thing.

    2. A lot of people also moan that Rodgers receivers pad his stats with YAC. Do you realize YAC comes with an insanely accurate pass that gets to the receiver at just the right time so they can take off in stride? Rodgers, Brady and Brees: all high YAC because they have quick releases and are accurate.

    Even as a Packer fan, I know Rodgers has a lot of football left to play to put himself with Montana, Unitas, Starr, etc., but he’s played very well and he’s only going to get better.

  91. outlawshark says: Dec 16, 2011 2:05 PM

    Consider the 49ers and Cowboys were able to purchase all the quality players back then. Now, with a salary cap, all teams have the same opportunities. Montana had a phenomenal team around him, bought to keep up with the Cowboys. Rodgers will never have the greatest receiver of all time to throw to, but he has a few that he can spread it around to. That takes a different special quality.

    Rodgers is also doing what he is doing against the greatest defensive minds of all time. I promise you, if Rodgers was playing in Montana’s era, throwing to Jerry Rice and John Taylor with the best offensive line money can buy, you would have seen records never to be beaten.

    That being said, debating the best QBs of all time is rather futile, yet fun nonetheless.

  92. freewayjim says: Dec 16, 2011 2:06 PM

    shymovieguydarb says:
    Dec 16, 2011 1:48 PM
    Hey Freewayjim,

    It looks to me like Aaron Rodgers has already had at least 3 4,000 yard seasons. 2008 Green Bay Packers 4,038, 2009 Green Bay Packers 4,434 2011 Green Bay Packers 4,125.
    ————————————————–
    Duh!

    I was referring to Joe Montana not having a 4,000 yard season.

  93. axespray says: Dec 16, 2011 2:10 PM

    The Mel Blunt rule was created in the late 70’s/early 80’s…..for all those “it’s new rules these days, QBs with great arms & accuracy with great stats aren’t that impressive, cause there’s new rules no one has ever heard of….” people.

    Quit trying to discredit the QBs that play these days, otherwise you have to discredit the Defenses that played back in the day such as the ’85 bears or the 70s’ steelers.

  94. axespray says: Dec 16, 2011 2:14 PM

    sbxxix says:Dec 16, 2011 1:21 PM
    “I wonder how many roghing the passer calls and helmet to helmet hits would Montana have over Rodgers. I wonder if he would be as accurate with no roughing the passer or helmet to helmet hit rules cuz Montana was …”
    ————————————————–
    You mean the guy that was face masked in his first playoff game, got popped in the face the play before that in the head (helmet to helmet) gets all the calls in his favor?

  95. ninerdynasty says: Dec 16, 2011 2:28 PM

    AR is a monster! but agree with some posts on here.. “Joe played real football”.. football these days treats QBs like princess.. i mean, they cant even get a lil scratch on below the belt or is a blow to the knees.. a hit above the chest.. and is helmet to helmet. WR’s if they get just a lil touch beyong 5 yards and is a PI or holding. pretty rediculous, i would hate to be a defensive player in this era. This league is driven by FANTASY LEAGUES .. all about scoring.

  96. skel420 says: Dec 16, 2011 2:33 PM

    With three games left in their record setting seasons, both Manning and Brady had 5 more TDs than Rogers.

    Manning’s 2004, Brady’s 2008 and Rogers’ 2011 season are all very comparable. Calling one of those seasons the best is going to come down to personal bias.

  97. ninerfanrich says: Dec 16, 2011 2:34 PM

    First off, the eras Montana played in and the ere Rodgers plays in are totally different. Remember when DBs could actually play aggressive defense? Some of you probably aren’t old enough to know what that’s like. The league has turned into a pass happy league because the rules are in favor of the offense. Can’t block this way, can’t hit that way…give the WR a dirty look past 5 yards and it’ll probably draw a flag. It was a lot harder to play QB back before the rules protected the WRs, TEs, and QBs so much.

    Secondly, for those of you that think the Niners would be sooo much better had they drafted Rodgers. Why? So Rodgers could have been thrown into the fire on a horrible team(they picked no. 1 overall for a reason), get beat around year after year, and have not very good talent around him up until a couple years ago? Not saying Rodgers isn’t more talented than Smith, but the place the Niners are at right now probably wouldn’t have been much different had they taken Rodgers. Smith or Rodgers, bottom line, the coaching staff has been a defensive minded staff up until this year with Nolan and Sing at the helm. Ya think maybe being behind Favre for 3 years, learning the offense, and having a QB minded head coach in McCarthy helped Rodgers a little bit?? Maybe?? Don’t forget, in Rodgers first year as a starter, he went 6-10, a year after he inherited a 13-3 team from Favre. So even with all the time to sit and learn, it still took Rodgers a 2 seasons to come into his own.

    I’m Rich, and that’s your new opinion.

  98. justafanofitall says: Dec 16, 2011 2:34 PM

    Has any qb had as much talent to throw to as Rodgers has….my god there are at least seven good receivers. Always someone open.

    Thinking if Brett would of had that much talent nobody would touch his records and he would not.have to force the ball because receivers couldn’t get free.

    Joe pretty much had Rice and Clark……still good years. Just wonder if we’d be talking about Rodgers if on a team like say Cleveland.

  99. ceadderman says: Dec 16, 2011 2:42 PM

    Joe also played against phenomenal Defenses year in and year out during an era where things were a bit more even.

    Rodgers is good for this era, but I’m not buyin what they’re sellin. Even Favre has one ring. Do it again an maybe I’ll believe.

  100. btg1911 says: Dec 16, 2011 2:43 PM

    firethorn1001 says:
    Dec 16, 2011 1:14 PM
    ‘There is only one way to win, and that’s throwing the ball.’

    I assume you mean excluding Denver, SF, Baltimore and Houston. (Who are 31, 29, 15 and 17th in passing respectively in passing and 1, 7, 13 and 2nd in rushing)

    But please… go on with your rant.

    I agree those teams are having success, but I’m talking about legit SB contenders, not “if everything goes right in the playoffs” type teams.

    My opionion is that the only 3 teams that have legit chances to win the SB (not “if everything goes right, we can win”) are GB, New Orleans and Patriots. It’s not an accident that they also have 3 QB’s that are all liley going to break a nearly 30 year old record all in the same season (Marino’s yardage mark).

    I’m not saying the other teams can’t win, I just don’t think they will.

  101. bozosforall says: Dec 16, 2011 2:49 PM

    freewayjim says:
    Dec 16, 2011 12:30 PM
    He never had a season as good as Tom Brady’s either.

    He also never threw for over 4,000+ yards in a season.

    But regardless, it’s great to see a Joe Montana post in here!

    __
    Still the best ever to play in the Super Bowl era.

    4-0 in Super Bowls. Undefeated in that regard. Something that neither Brady nor Peyton nor Roethisburger will ever be able to say. And rest assured, Rodgers will also lose one before his career is done.

  102. ceadderman says: Dec 16, 2011 3:04 PM

    9ers didn’t purchase $#it. I think someone needs to go back and look at those drafts again and who Walsh TRADED for before they look like a complete bufoon for even making that assertion. Only one year did they “purchase” a winning team and even then there were more drafted Rookie players that year when they got Deion, Greene and a few other players.

    They paid their players to stick around yes but none of those teams were the mercenary squads that people suggest. Rice? Drafted. Taylor? Drafted. Clark? Drafted. Watters? Drafted. William Floyyd? Drafted. Brent Jones? Drafted. Those drafts were so good we lost a lot of solid talent. McCaffery from the Broncos? Yup he was drafted too.

    The Salary Cap wasn’t created because Eddie D was buying players. The Salary Cap was created to break up perfection. People talk about the Steelers and all their HoF players? Sorry but if you listed all the All Pros from the 9ers and the All Pros from the Steelers, 9ers would edge them out.

    It’s not numbers keeping 9er players out of the HoF, it’s straight up jealousy.

    Joe doesn’t have any 4,000 yard seasons because Walsh didn’t believe in running up the score on anyone. Ask Ditka what happened after the Bears ran it up on our 3rd and 4th teamers. Anyway, in case people aren’t aware of this, Walsh would send in the hook when the 9ers were riding a comfortable lead. Which was more often than not.

    Rodgers is good but he’s no Montana. Let him post Montana numbers in the Post Season, or better it and I’ll worship at the altar of Rodgers. Til then he’s just another in a long list of good QBs’.

  103. bdevil1952 says: Dec 16, 2011 3:26 PM

    Did everyone forget about a ceratin QB during the 2007 season who threw for 50 TD passes? And, oh by the way, went 18-0 before he was defeated in the SB. So Rodgers is great but hasn’t finished the gig as yet and so far he hasn’t had a better year than Brady did. He may get there but it’s sad that the accomplishments of 2007 seemed to have faded from our collective memories. And Joe, you were probably the greatest ever, but you never had a year like Brady did in 2007.

  104. ninerfanrich says: Dec 16, 2011 3:34 PM

    @ ceadderman

    Excellent post!!

  105. green1bay says: Dec 16, 2011 3:35 PM

    All this comparing, all Joe said was that AR was having a great season in which he’s never had. No one is saying AR is the best ever. The whole “the rules were different back then” when JM played is true but times change. You cant fault AR for playing in this era. Same way with Suh, yes, it was more physical in the 70’s but this 2011. No one is throwing any salt towards JM, Marino or Brady. JM just said, AR is a having a great ass year.

  106. green1bay says: Dec 16, 2011 3:37 PM

    AR MVP

  107. hml1988 says: Dec 16, 2011 3:38 PM

    OK, uhhhhh, to the poster that talked about the 49ers trying to keep up with the Cowboys…

    Did you WATCH a game in the 1980s?

    Free agency as we know it today hit the league in 1993. The Cowboys were a doormat for a lot of the 1980s.

    For the guy who said it was the 49ers and nobody else back then: ever heard of the 1985 Chicago Bears? You know, Walter Payton, Mike Singletary?

    What about the New York Giants? Phil Simms? Bill Parcells, LT?

    Uh, the Washington Redskins also won two Super Bowls in the 80s, and another in 1991.

    Point being, I know everyone is LOVING Aaron Rodgers right now. He is a very good quarterback. But there were a lot of guys, great and not so great, who won one Super Bowl: Trent Dilfer, Jeff Hostetler, Mark Rypien. Rodgers has ONE. Let’s let him win a few more things before we annoint him the greatest football player of all time, shall we?

  108. jrmbadger says: Dec 16, 2011 3:46 PM

    eh….

    Aaron Rodgers’ legacy has yet to be written. Both in terms of this season and his career. The time to debate this is when he hangs up his cleats (hopefully in Canton).

    It’s nice to have him mentioned in that group of quarterbacks, especially coming from Joe himself.

  109. boron101 says: Dec 16, 2011 3:47 PM

    As I recall, the 49ers had the top pick of that year when both Smith and Rodgers were available….The 49ers may have picked the wrong QB. However, with Farve as the hot QB then, Rogers had the opportunity to gradually absorb their system. The 49ers drafted the QB to quickly learn the 49er system and be the starter….then year after year of coach/system turnovers didn’t help Smith to develope ……Rogers could have suffered the same fate if he had been drafted by San Francisco….

  110. intedwetrust says: Dec 16, 2011 3:51 PM

    Rodgers has a chance to really be something special if he keeps up his pace. Look at his record in the playoffs, he’s 4-1 with the only loss coming in that 51-45 loss to Arizona where he put up 3 td’s in the 4th quarter only to have his D leak points like a Pinto leaks oil. In the post season he has a 13/3 TD/INT ratio, a QB rating of 113 and completed nearly 68% of his passes. It’s not like he takes a dip in the post season folks, he has a chance to push guys like Montana and Bradshaw for most rings in a career if he stays healthy.

  111. discosucs2005 says: Dec 16, 2011 3:54 PM

    The way the game has changed in the last 10 years, it’s way easier to throw the ball. This in no way diminishes what Rodgers is doing, as he’s still doing it better than everyone else, but comparing Montana’s regular season numbers to Rodgers is not really an accurate comparison.

    The obvious response is “how do you compare them then?” You don’t.

    It’s too difficult to compare QBs from different generations. It’s fun, don’t misunderstand me, but it’s impossible to know how good Montana would be now, or Rodgers would be then. Outside of Jerry Rice, who’s records are so absurd that they are all but uncatchable, I believe most offensive records will be shattered within the next ten years. The game has changed dramatically to favor the offense. I’m not stating my opinion on that fact, I’m just saying that’s the reality.

  112. granadafan says: Dec 16, 2011 4:00 PM

    Some of you can’t read. Joe Montana (IMO, the best QB ever) was talking about one season, not a career like some of you are comparing. Thanks for the great memories, Joe! Modern talent evaluators only need to look at a guy like Joe Montana and realize you don’t have to have a cannon arm, be the (idiotic) prototypical size, or have the “measurables” to be successful. Joe had a weak arm and his best receiver had a terrible 40 time. In today’s numbers driven league, Montana and Rice would have been picked in the 4th round.

  113. childressrulz says: Dec 16, 2011 4:05 PM

    mrplow3 says: Dec 16, 2011 12:29 PM

    If Joe Montana’s 49ers were all in their prime playing in today’s NFL, Montana would be having a better season.

    With all due respect to Rodgers, the rules are so different today.

    I’ve never in my life seen an offense as dominant as that Rice / Montana offense in their prime.

    It was amazing to watch.
    ________________________
    Sorry no dice. Montana was only great because of Bill Walsh and most importantly defenses were ill prepared to face the west coast offense. Montana would be average today at best.

  114. dough21 says: Dec 16, 2011 4:07 PM

    With all due respect to Joe Montana if Aaron Rodgers was playing in that Jerry Rice offense he would have done just as good or better than Joe. It goes both ways boys!

  115. ninerfanrich says: Dec 16, 2011 4:55 PM

    @dough21

    The way the game is played is different now. Look at all the rules that make it a pass happy league these days. I heard Mike Periera(sp?) on the radio recently in San Francisco and he was saying the league wants high scoring games, upwards of 40 points. So do you find it coincidental that 4 QBs can break Marino’s single season yardage record? I don’t.

  116. ninerfanrich says: Dec 16, 2011 5:09 PM

    @childressrulz

    “Sorry no dice. Montana was only great because of Bill Walsh and most importantly defenses were ill prepared to face the west coast offense. Montana would be average today at best.”

    Whatever you’re smoking…pass it this way!

  117. souldogdave says: Dec 16, 2011 5:17 PM

    I like the fact that Rodgers is highly religious, a man of strong faith who even funded a Christian record label, but he hides his light. Doesn’t preach at you, or brag about his good deeds. You won’t see him on camera gushing about Jesus giving him the power to visit children in the hospital and all that look at me stuff. And he is the best in football.

  118. cuda1234 says: Dec 16, 2011 5:41 PM

    But did Montana ever have a season as good as Tim Tebow? After all, Tebow has qb’d the Broncos to 7 wins and does average more than 100 yards passing per game. From what I read/see/hear in the media he’s the greatest player of all time. So the real question is how does Montata compared to the Great Tim Tebow?

  119. bringbacktheflex says: Dec 16, 2011 8:26 PM

    I think we should change the rules some more for next year. Let’s make it so you can’t rush the QB at all, and you can’t touch the receivers until they get within 5 yards of the endzone.

    I bet there’ll be even better stats then.

  120. thejuddstir says: Dec 16, 2011 11:08 PM

    What a waste of an article/interview. Anyone with even a passing interest in football could tell you that no other QB has had a season like Rodgers, Brady or Brees because no QB has played under the rules that these guys do. Playing QB today is comparable to what a QB of the past did while at practice during the week. As far as I am concerned, the Pats, Packers and Saints should start a new league…..call it the “Arena League Football”, oh wait, there’s already a league like that. Tired of hearing about all the “records” these QB’s are chasing, it’s day n night, black n white…there is no comparison with the sissy rules now in place.

  121. franknunley57 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:33 PM

    You would have Joe, playing with the defensive rules of today. Thank$ for the memorie$.

  122. franknunley57 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:47 PM

    @hml1988

    1. S.F. 49ers 5-0 1.000 winning % in the Super Bowl.
    2. Packers (4-1)
    3. Steelers (6-2)
    4. Giants (3-1)
    5. Cowboys (5-3)

    *teams with more than 1 super bowl appearance

  123. anthonyk66 says: Dec 17, 2011 12:58 AM

    I loved watching Joe Montana play, even against the Packers back in the day, he was awesome. That said, you fellow football fans that want to compare teams or players to history are not watching the game today, or did not watch it back then. Our football today, I won’t talk about steriods, is bigger, faster, harder and bader than back in the day of Montana, I do not remember all the helmet to helmet, launch myself like a missile, hits like today. I do not recall all the guards and tackels over 300Lbs. and a defensive line the same. Nitschke was awesome, however, he never went against a guy like Sitton or Clifton. In the 60’s and 70’s tackles were made at the legs, today it’s the big hit for ESPN, sacks on the quarterback are still there just like when Joe and Bart played. The rules to protect the quarterback from helmet to helmet are really justified, it’s not a tackle or a sack it’s only being done to injure a player. Maybe, you should ask Colt McCoy what he thinks about the new rules after last week, or any number of quarterbacks lost this year. I may be older than most of you, however, I really do not believe you need dirty hits to make a good football game. If I played today I want their best players playing against our best players and may the best team win. Not knock out the quarterback, running back or star reciever. Just the best players vs the best players makes a good football game. And as far as Aaron Rodgers is concerened, in my 60 years, he is one of the best I have ever seen.

  124. rainponcho87 says: Dec 17, 2011 3:18 AM

    This may be off the topic, but I think the rule changes favoring the passing offense are good for player safety, but have made the game less multidimensional. You need a great quarterback to win. Every other position is diminished. It hasn’t been since 1998 that a running back was the superbowl MVP. A star receiver like Calvin Johnson or a star RB like Adrian Peterson are not worth nearly as much as a star quarterback. I would say the two most important positions today are quarterback and coach. If you have greatness in those two areas, you can fill in the pieces with good but not great players and win a lot of games.

  125. chaothao says: Dec 17, 2011 6:03 AM

    First of all Aaron didn’t say he was better than Joe. Second of all Joe said Rodgers is having a great season a season Joe never had before. Third of all if the rule change of this era helped the passing game than couldn’t we say the same thing about the running game back then as well? Fourth of all what make a QB good is accuracy and intelligence. It’s not about the fastest QB, strongest, or even the biggest. Aaron was just fortunate enough to have a little bit of everything maybe except the size being around 6’2 and 220 maybe a bit less.

  126. nyyankeedave says: Dec 17, 2011 10:43 AM

    According to ESPN, Tim Tebow is the GREATEST of a all time. And according to Michael Irvin, Tony Romo is – so, yeah.

  127. franknunley57 says: Dec 17, 2011 11:59 AM

    @anthonyk66:

    You can’t compare players from different eras in any sport. Rodgers is one of the greatest of HIS time along with Peyton & Tom. Babe Ruth didn’t play vs blacks & Latinos. Jerry West & Oscar didn’t have a 3 pt. line. Montana didn’t play vs defenses that weren’t permitted to touch receivers.

  128. bringbacktheflex says: Dec 17, 2011 12:39 PM

    rainponcho87: “You need a great quarterback to win”

    I think you are mistaken, and you only have to look at this year to realize that. Rookie QBs are walking onto the field and having an immediate impact and have stats better than the HoFs from just 10 years ago. This tells me that you need even less of a star QB than ever before.

    The rules have made it far easier to be a successful QB than ever before.

  129. bringbacktheflex says: Dec 17, 2011 12:44 PM

    thejuddstir: It’s worse than that. Montana ALSO played under looser passing rules than Unitas or Staubach. And Staubach retired with the best passer rating. Now half the league has a better passer rating than he did because of the rule changes.

    The best QB in NFL history is Otto Graham. NO ONE has come close to his record – 10 years, 10 Championship games, 7 Championships.

  130. cenobiteshan says: Dec 18, 2011 11:15 AM

    Because Joe Montana said it, I’ll listen with respect, but because I saw nearly every snap of Montana’s career, I’m still laughing. Rodgers is in the same category as Dan Marino, great player, great stats, but the intangibles all go to Montana, and we old guys remember what happened when Montana’s Niners met Marino’s Dolphins in the Super Bowl…blowout!

  131. bringbacktheflex says: Dec 18, 2011 12:25 PM

    Montana retired with a rating of 92.3, 9 points higher than Staubach who was a first ballot HoF. That was the change in just 7-9 years of rule changes.

    Today, Trent Green , Joe Flacco, Carson Palmer , David Garrard, Donovan McNabb,
    Rich Gannon, Shaun Hill, Jay Cutler, Marc Bulger, Jim Kelly, and Mark Brunell ALL have career ratings higher than Staubach. All but the most ardent team fan has to admit that none of those QBs are as good as Staubach, but that is how easy it is to pass these days.

    And that doesn’t include this years ratings that haven’t qualified for the career list. I’m just not impressed by QB stats anymore, and really no one should be.

  132. yournuts says: Dec 19, 2011 7:40 PM

    The players of today are bigger, stronger and better. It is not fair to compare different generations. Montana was the best of his generation and Rodgers might be the best of his generation.

  133. peelmybatwings says: Dec 20, 2011 3:36 PM

    minnysoda says:Dec 16, 2011 12:50 PM

    Still the greatest QB of all time for championships Bart Starr 5
    Now Aaron is the 2nd best
    BrINT 3rd because he tried to hurt the Packers because he quit then created all the Drama
    what a useless man
    Starr still is one of the classiest individuals to play the game

    Not true. Otto Graham won 7 championships in ten seasons and has the highest winning percentage of any starting QB in NFL history.

  134. bealeman says: Dec 21, 2011 9:15 AM

    Of all the QBs you stack up against Montana’s ‘intangibles’, I’d still go with Rodgers. He’s like a gazillion and three in the Red Zone and ditto for the 4th quarter, akin to Montana. Furthermore, Montana RARELY got his WRs killed in traffic, akin to Rodgers. Both men put that ball precisely where it needed to be. The ‘Niners Jerry Rice invented the R.A.C. and that is due to Montana’s awesome accuracy. Rodgers possesses that same quality.

  135. bealeman says: Dec 21, 2011 9:17 AM

    Y.A.C.

  136. txnative61 says: Dec 23, 2011 4:48 AM

    Joe can afford to be generous, his legacy is secure. He knows he will be in the conversation when Greatest QB is mentioned. Nolan Ryan identified why records are never secure. Players can study and benefit from the careers of past masters. Era comparisons are futile.

  137. rosietheterrorist says: Dec 27, 2011 10:50 AM

    We used to see the 49ers play at 4:00PM on the East Coast, so we had a saying when we were trying to get back some of our gambling losses that we suffered on college games and NFL games at 1:00Pm: “Get it back with Montana”. It didn’t matter if the 49ers were favored by 14 1/2, Montana and Rice usually got us out money back.

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