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Hall of Famer Joe Montana made the bold statement during a recent interview with Men's Health, explaining that if Dolphins legend Dan Marino were playing in today's era of football, he very well could have done what Tom Brady did and maybe better...
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"Put Marino into today’s game where he gets free release ... and his receivers, holy cow, weren't very big," Montana said.

"Now these guys are 6'4, 6'5. I think [Marino] is probably one of the most unsung heroes of the game. People don't talk enough about him or realize the numbers that he put up during the times that he put them up."

Montana also gushed about Marino's tangibles while naming him the B.O.A.T. ... adding, "He had a quick release. I had to step into a lot of things to get enough [force] on the ball."

"He had the perfect torque of his upper body and strength to deliver the ball quickly at a fast release with accuracy."


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VincentVega10 months
Adrian Branch. And Joe is to me the greatest QB, and Brady the greatest leader.
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deuce98510 months
He's probably right on Marino because he could ball his arse off. That said, should've, could've, would've. All you can go by is results not put speculative maybes if it was this era or that era comparisons. Brady has the results and nobody can debate it that's why he's the greatest ever.
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Timeoday10 months
Hands down, Terry Bradshaw!!
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Wolfhound4510 months
Still aggravates the hell out of me that the Steelers did not draft the hometown boy in 1983. What could have been!
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SuperOcean10 months
If we are talking release and torque ...yeah. If we are talking completions and leadership... I'm taking Brady. I just don't see Marino coming back on the Falcons.
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EulerRules10 months
I don't see Marino or Montana getting down 28-3 to the Dirty Birds.
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Skinny10 months
Marino sucked. Laces out! Cost Finkle his Super Bowl.
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TouchdownTony10 months
Marino could throw a football like nobody else with minimal effort but give me Montana any day of the week. The rules didn't favor offense back then and some of the hits Montana took from Wilbur marshall, Richard Dent, Jim Burt, those guys would have been suspended the rest of that season.
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theunknownknight10 months
If Marino, Montana, or Brees played under the greatest coach of all time for 18 years in the weakest division all time, I’m sure they would have gone to the superbowl just as much, if not more.
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VictoryTiger10 months
Can Joe name 3 receivers Brady had in his first three super bowls? Can anyone without googling it?
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theunknownknight10 months
Why? Brady sucked in those years. He was carried by the defense and he’s job was a game manager. It’s pretty obvious in the stats. You’re kinda making Montana’s point.
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VictoryTiger10 months
Tom Brady played his entire career with one notable receiver that fits Joe’s statement of the modern “6’4-6’5” receiver. The defenses were great, but they didn’t score the majority of the points in any regular season game, playoff game, or Super Bowl. Again, can you name three receivers Brady played with in the first 3 super bowls? How about 1? You should at least know 1 because he was a Super Bowl MVP
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PeleofAnalytics10 months
So you going to just gloss over Brady playing with arguably the best TE in NFL history for 11 seasons? The guy averaged 850 rec yards a season. His .65 TDs per game is 30% higher than the next guy on the list.
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udtiger10 months
Damn. Joe slinging some facts.
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Bayoubred10 months
You can never know what a QB would have been in different eras with a different system. How good would Archie Manning or Bert Jones had been in the 49ers system?
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tankyank1310 months
True. The difference here is Marino was the system
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tankyank1310 months
I agree. Dan was the man. Never seen anything like him talent wise.
Rodgers is close though.
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TNoon10 months
I agree Marino is the best
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RichJ10 months
Hard to compare different eras, also hard to argue against Brady’s longevity & consistent high level of play…
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YMCA10 months
I agree, but the career length of some of the great QBs from back in the day would’ve probably been a little longer if they were protected like QBs are now.
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ThatTahoeOverThere10 months
If I had 2 minutes to go 80 yards to win the game, give me Joe.
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Floating Change Up10 months
And if the opponent was the Saints, he'd still have about 65 seconds left on the clock after he scored the winning touchdown.
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