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The 49ers Legend Joe Montana discussed what he thinks of the 49ers QB who some analysts disparagingly referred to as a “game manager”

Joe Montana speaks some truth in the debate over playing manager Brock Purdy.

You probably already know the Brock Purdy story cover to cover, but here’s the Cliffs Notes version: A three-star high school recruit…started his freshman year at Iowa State as a third-year quarterback rope, but he would be a four-year starter for the Cyclones…left Iowa State as the program’s all-time passing leader…last pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, which means he would carry the “M.”

Labeled “irrelevant” for the rest of his life…started his first year in San Francisco as the 49ers’ third-string quarterback, but thanks to injuries to Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo, he became a starter in the middle his first season for the NFL’s 49ers…a true MVP candidate in his second NFL season…starting quarterback for the 49ers in Super Bowl 58.

It’s a story not unlike that of 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana. Montana himself was a third-line player entering his fourth year at Notre Dame.

Montana may not have been Mr. Irrelevant, but he was selected in the third round of the 1979 NFL Draft and sat behind Steve DeBerg for his entire rookie season. I think we all know how Montana’s career went.


As the 49ers prepare to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 58, the greatest Niners quarterback of all time makes the rounds to discuss the upcoming game, and more specifically, with Pat McAfee of ESPN, Montana discussed what he thinks of the 49ers. second-year quarterback, who some analysts and former players have disparagingly referred to as a “game manager.”

Montana, a four-time Super Bowl champion and two-time league MVP, had the benefit of playing seven seasons with Jerry Rice, the greatest receiver in NFL history. Rice made six All-Pro teams during his time with Montana under center.

Montana also played with wide receivers Dwight Clark and John Taylor, each a two-time Pro Bowler, and running back Roger Craig, a four-time Pro Bowler and Offensive Player of the Year in 1988.

And of course, Montana spent almost all his time. 49ers career under one of the most influential offensive minds in league history, head coach and father of the West Coast offense, Bill Walsh.

Purdy enters Super Bowl 58 with similar firepower around him. Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk make up arguably the best roster in the entire NFL, and head coach Kyle Shanahan, much like Bill Walsh once was, is widely considered one of the leading offensive minds the brightest in the NFL.

Whether Purdy manages or changes the game on Sunday, February 11, his play will be crucial to whether the 49ers can win their sixth Super Bowl in franchise history.

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