Monday, December 29, 2014

Pillars of the NFL: Joe Montana

In Patrick McCaskey's Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships he covers the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time.  Among the pillars is Bill Walsh who coached the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl victories in the 1980s.  Walsh was innovative and called "Genius" by the sports media.

 In Pillars, we describe some of Walsh's key players.  This post examines one of those. 

Joe Montana

When Walsh began building the 49ers, he wanted a mobile quarterback who could make good decisions and throw accurately.  In the third round of the 1979 draft, Bill Walsh drafted Joe Montana.  Montana was a superb quarterback for Notre Dame, but he was thin and he was inconsistent.  Scouts ranked several quarterbacks ahead of Montana in the draft and Walsh was able to snag the Hall of Famer in the third round. 

Super Bowl MVP three times and passed for more than 40,000 yards.  Montana was known for huge come-from-behind  wins.  

See "The Day Dick Butkus Caught a Bobby Douglass Pass for the Win."