A few other notes from Joe Montana and Dan Marino this afternoon:
Both were happy to see Roger Goodell suspend Ben Roethlisberger.
“The commissioner has been taking a hard line with everybody and he’s just showing that he’s not changing,” Montana said. “I think its great that they’re taking a hard line. When you look at society and the NFL, there’s not a whole lot of difference. It’s just indicative of things that are going around. These guys right now are just a lot more visible, there’s a lot more media means of getting things around. People in this country, they just love seeing people get torn down. You look at the news, that’s what its all about. And you look at the TV shows too.”
“I think you have to have a personal conduct policy,” Marino said. “It’s important … You have to be kept to a different standard, that’s just the way it is nowadays. I understand where (Goodell) is going with it.
“I just hope for the best for (Roethlisberger) and that everybody learns from mistakes that they make and that he gets it going in the right direction,” Marino said. “That’s the most important thing. The kid is a great player, he loves football, but he needs to get that the number one thing that he’s working on now.”
Marino on new Jet and former Dolphin Jason Taylor: “He’s been a heck of a player for a lot of years and he’s a football player, that’s the bottom line. I’m sure it’s tough because of the rivalry between Miami and the Jets and I’m sure he wanted to end his career in Miami. But it’s a business. He loves the game of football so he needs to be playing football.”
Montana on Donovan McNabb being traded to the Redskins: “I was shocked they sent him to the same division, but they must have enough confidence in their own abilities. They’re going to play him twice a year and they know they’re going to get beat once in a while by him. They think it’s once in a while, hopefully it’s not that often for them. For him, he’s thinking the opposite, that he’ll beat them every time. I think those types of things are changing over the years anyway. The game is changing, the philosophy of the league is changing.”
In recent years young quarterbacks like Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco and Mark Sanchez have come in and had success as rookies.
“It’s not surprising because of the way the game is now and everybody wants immediate success and you’re paying so much money for a number one pick,” Marino said. “A guy like Sanchez, you’re coming in the fifth pick in the draft, they’re going to expect you to play, that’s just the way it is. I played right away, a lot of guys have played right away. If you’re in the right situation it can be done and you can be very successful. It gets tough if you go like the kid last year in Detroit. You expect him to play, he’s the number one pick, but they’re a team that hasn’t been very good for a while. It makes it tough on him.”
Montana said the key to early success in the NFL is understand limitations.
“You go back and look at Mark, he started out well and then he got outside that area thinking he was doing really well and he struggled for a long period of time,” Montana said. “It’s not as easy as you think. When Bill (Walsh) used to talk to us, when we were behind and things weren’t going well, we would talk about doing what we put in on Day 1, which was his comfort area.”
Marino said he believes that the best way to develop a young quarterback is to play him, even if it’s painful to watch.
“I remember Peyton, he was in our division,” Marino said. “We played them early that year and we played them late that year and I remember looking at a lot of film and how, because he played, the difference from the first eight games to the end of the season was remarkable. It was because he played and their team got to be better and better.”
Marino remembered what a non-event the 1983 draft was when he was selected by the Dolphins with the 27th overall pick (two picks after the Jets selected Ken O’Brien).
“It doesn’t seem, as long ago as it was and it’s been over 25 years now, it doesn’t seem that long ago,” Marino said. “It does fly by pretty quick. It’s interesting now with the draft. I remember sitting at home and watching ESPN, it wasn’t that big of a deal. Now it’s a show. It’s a prime time show for a couple of days.”
Marino noted that there weren’t even any players who attended the draft in those days.
“No one went,” he said. “It was just the commissioner, he would go up and make his call and that was it.”
Most people expected the Jets to pick him that year. Did Marino think that?
“I thought Jets, Kansas City, the Raiders showed some interest,” he said of teams he thought might draft him. “It’s how the draft falls. Teams are interested in you and all of a sudden someone else comes up and that’s how it works. It worked out OK for me.”