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Steve Young is a Better Quarterback than Joe Montana

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Started: 7/7/2015 Category: Arts
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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faithfloyd16

Pro

Steve Young is the better quarterback because he has a 96.8 QB Rating (1), whereas Joe Montana only has a 92.3 (2). Steve Young also has fewer career interceptions, more rushing touchdowns, and a higher passing completion rate than Joe Montana. After seeing both players perform in person and on television, it is clear to me that Steve Young is superior in his athletic capabilities, and his quarterbacking skills.
Teege

Con

I accept your challenge. First I will rebut your argument, and then offer my first arguments.

The overall question at hand is who is the better QB Joe Montana and Steve Young.

While it is true that Young has a better career QB rating, that is only one way to measure a QB's worth. You state that Young had fewer career interceptions, however Young played in 23 fewer games than Montana did; Montana therefore attempted 1198 more pass attempts than Young. When you figure the numbers out, they each had 2.6% of their passes intercepted. Next you say that Young had more rushing TDs. Rushing is only one of many aspects of scoring in the NFL. When you combine rushing and passing TDs, Young has 275, including his time with the Bucs. Joe Montana had 273 passing TDs alone. When you add his 20 rushing TDs, he has more total touchdowns. Young's career completion percentage is only 1.1% higher than Montana's...it may be better than Montana, but hardly what I call superior. In fact, if we are basing superiority on completion percentage, then Chad Pennington, with his 66% completion average, is better QB than both Montana and Young. I would never say that about Pennington in a real QB debate.

My first arguments are:
1. NFL games are played to win. Montana won 73% of the games he started, while Young only won 66% of the games he started. Based on that stat Montana is the better quarterback.
2. How an NFL game is managed and how a quarterback handles the pressure is also a major factor when determining who is a better QB. During his regular season 49er career Montana engineered 27 fourth quarter comebacks and Young only had 13.
3. Montana averaged just over 210 yards per game and Young just under 200 per game.
4. Young was sacked 8% of the time he went back to pass. Montana was only sacked 6% of the time he attempted a pass, to me this means several things: (A) he was able to get the ball out of his hands quicker, (B) he was able to make reads better and more importantly the "hot" read better than Young, and (C) he had better chemistry with his wide receivers during pressure situations.
5. Steve Young lost 39 fumbles for a total of -48 yards, and Montana lost 30 for a total of -27. This shows that Young was more of a detriment to his team than Montana.
6. Montana's combined passing and rushing yards equals 37,619 yards from scrimmage in his 15 years as an NFL player. That is 3486 more yards than Young.

For these reasons I believe Joe Montana was a better QB than Steve Young.
Debate Round No. 1
faithfloyd16

Pro

faithfloyd16 forfeited this round.
Teege

Con

Joe Montana was elected to 8 Pro-Bowls for the 49ers. [1]
Steve Young was only elected to 7 Pro-bowls for the 49ers. [2]
Both quarterbacks played the same amount of years for the 49ers.

[1] http://www.pro-football-reference.com...
[2] http://www.pro-football-reference.com...
Debate Round No. 2
faithfloyd16

Pro

faithfloyd16 forfeited this round.
Teege

Con

The ultimate goal of any quarterback is to lead their team to the Super Bowl and win.
Joe Montana has won 4 Super Bowl Rings.
Steve Young has only won 1.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by kasmic 1 year ago
kasmic
is or was....

Considering there current state and age....
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