Joe Montana Implies Tom Brady’s Football Was Bad In December And January

February 9th, 2023

Old dudes viewed Joe Montana as The Goat before Tom Brady took the title and ran away with it. Even Brady himself quickly admits Montana was one of his boyhood idols.

Montana was a skinny and brilliant quarterback assassin who absorbed the punishing hits of the loaded NFC in the 1980s and early 1990s, all while racking up four Super Bowl wins in four tries.

And after back-to-back MVP awards for the 1989 and 1990 seasons, Montana’s major elbow injury launched the career of his backup, Hall of Fame QB Steve Young. Montana was benched when he got healthy and then asked out of San Francisco.

He was traded to the Chiefs and was in the AFC Championship game nine months later.

So yeah, old guys care what Montana has to say about quarterbacks.

Montana made the rounds on Radio Row at the Super Bowl yesterday and joined CBS Sports Radio. Of course, he was asked about Brady.

Among other things, Montana said Brady retired at “a good time” and strongly implied the decline in Brady’s play this season made him quitting make sense.

“Tom’s great. I mean, you watch him play, but I think his decision’s a good time. You watched the games there toward the end of the year (makes shaky hand gesture), it’s just, his mind is other places,” Montana said.

Joe knows a sect of Bucs fans is happy to see Brady go, largely because he didn’t play like the guy who should have won MVP for the 2022 season. Brady took a step backwards, but Joe doesn’t believe it was a big enough step to think it was “a good time” for Brady to quit.

Joe thinks Brady was primed for a bounceback season, one with a competent offensive coordinator, Ryan Jensen at center, and a running game that was no longer the very worst in football.

24 Responses to “Joe Montana Implies Tom Brady’s Football Was Bad In December And January”

  1. FortMyersDave Says:

    Montana = Bitterman. Jealous that someone is better than him in the record books.

  2. Marine Buc Says:

    It was bad…

    Brady was bad.

    The coaching was bad.

    The O-line was bad.

    The receivers were bad.

    The running backs were bad.

    The defense was mediocre.

    The kicker was mediocre.

    The punter was good…

    Sad to say the only silver lining for this team is their Punter.

  3. Dooley Says:

    Happy? Nah, but Montana makes one of two HOF QBs who’ve expressed their concern observing 2022 Tom Brady, but watch the cultist come into this thread and throw everybody under bus including Joe Montana in defense of their bae.

  4. TombsEN Says:

    I totally agree with you Dooley, Brady did not play well that year and expecting him to “bounce” back because of a new OC and Jensen coming back is wishful thinking, eventually Father Time catches everyone. Brady was close to the cliff and the cliff definitely could have been next year.

  5. VATom Says:

    Brady watches the tape. I wanted him to come back. But if Brady determined he isnt capable of meeting his standard…then that is the answer. Seeing how skittish he was in the pocket and then seeing him retire makes me think he did a deep dive on his own play and determined it is best to retire. He knows whats best for him. Not me.

  6. RustyRhinos Says:

    Maybe Brady could see the wrath of Father time coming closer every game. Why come back to allow Father time to catch up to him and his skills and game preparation? As a fan I am sad he didn’t go out on top with a winning record and another chance at the big dance the Super Bowl. I am also glad he has brought his Fatherhood to the forefront of his life purpose. I am forever grateful he chose the Buccaneers to be his next team, and he took the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl and won it in our stadium first. Proud of his grit and determination to take us back to the NFC conference championship game the next season. We were so close to another chance at the big dance.
    Yet ” Time waits for no man”. He chose to come back for one more season and that cost him in his personal life. Divorce is no easy thing to deal with, being an average Joe or Tom Brady.
    Thanks for the memories and the Super Bowl Trophy, Tom Brady. Time for us all to move forward, and not look back.

    Go!!!!! Bucs!!!!!

  7. bucsbrady Says:

    Montana is a very bitter man towards Brady, That why I have this theory Brady will never sign with 49ers. Joe’s ego couldnt handle Brady winning there. Eddie Debartalo former owner called his nephew the owner Jed York and told them your not signing Brady. Debartalo and York rather have saved Joe’s legacy rather than win superbowl. I am right about this. I said in 2020 and it was true this off season.

    Brady wants to still play Joe. Brady did not want to retire. Brady has become beholden to Gisele. Now its Gisele’s time according to her so Brady will step back from playing and devote his time to his kids. Talk about Bizarro world. I never thought Brady was going to retire. I still cant believe it. They said Gisele advised him to retire. Brady is no longer married to her yet she suggesting him to retire. Tabloids at first said Gisele didnt talk abt retirement with Brady. That was day 1 now all of sudden Gisele is back calling the shots. I am disappointed with Brady. Brady could have any girl he wants yet he ran to Gisele after she divorced him let the media call him selfish and just basically a bad father was her narrative.

  8. Big Red Says:

    @Marine Buc

    I agree with you outside of the running backs were bad. I thought both White and Fournette did decent with what they were working with. Mediocre is a fair grade imo.

  9. bucsbrady Says:


    You two geniuses should have figured it out if Brady played again it would not be with Bucs. This past year BOWLES cost him his winning record streak and both Byron and Bowles were incompetent their whole careers.. Brady actually played like how everybody thinks of the BUCS. Everybody in Boston constantly laughs at Bucs organization. Everyone up in New England think Bucs were beneath him. Brady played this past year well below market value. He could of stayed retired but instead he played got divorced and look physically and mentally worn out all year. Yet you 2 are ripping Brady. Brady had a bad year because of GISELE divorce. In reality Brady had a good year just was surrounded by incompetent coaches all year long. All you had to do is look at him and you could see he was a beaten man this yr. Brady gave what he could and Insiders said VEGAS and Mark Davis specifically Mark Davis would have given him owner ship if he would of came to vegas.

  10. Dooley Says:


  11. Redeemer Says:

    Brady’s marriage was in trouble for years. I seriously doubt six more months of football was the main reason for his divorce. She’d been wanting him to retire for years. That builds resent and animosity. I believe his return after retiring was because his marriage was doomed, not the other way.
    As for Montana. Who the hell thinks anyone will win 5 Superbowls? He supplanted Joe at that moment, then won 2 more!! I’m sure Joe never thought someone would challenge him for rings. He’s not exactly magnanimous about it. Joe is exactly right. Brady would’ve looked more like but Brady next season, no matter what team he played for. A pocket QB must have some semblance of a running game. They also need a good TE. Brady had neither, and was going through one of the most tragic things that can happen. Throw in a really bad OC and a poor HC, a horrible line and………

  12. sasquatch Says:

    For those unclear:

    Would of have
    Should of have


  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Brady is and should be held to a higher standard……and to that standard, he didn’t measure up.
    What should be noted with Brady’s play is all the quick short passes behind the line to gain to RBs & WRs……they count as completions…..but only for 4 or 5 yards…..when they should be passes downfield more often.
    And, then there are the misses…..passes that are simply off…..some were called drops but the passes were just out of reach.

    Brady would be the first to agree that he didn’t play up to his standards.

  14. Oneilbuc Says:

    Y’all still crying about Brady 😭😭?? Move on it’s over get over it what happened last year is last year. He’s washed up he had a good career and he ain’t no different from all the other great players when it’s over it’s over. His time has came came and now it’s gone move on !!!

  15. AlanBucsfan Says:

    Montana was benched when he got healthy-
    and 49ers subsequently lost NFC Championship to Dallas while Montana was on the bench.
    The Bucs’ D was alot worse than Brady was in December and January. Brady just didn’t have enough around him to continue success and the Bucs’ D was simply awful in the playoff game.

  16. sasquatch Says:

    Seriously, I don’t give a rat’s ass about Brady at this point. I’m looking to the future.

  17. LOL Says:

    Brady looked like S%^$T most of the year. So yeah. LOL

  18. Hodad Says:

    You don’t bounce back when you get older Joe, you go down with a thud. Brady knew he lost it, that’s why he quit. The hourglass is empty.

  19. NEfan Says:

    This is not the first time Montana bashed Brady, in fact he rarely says anything nice about him. I get it, if you’re not #1 your #2. Nevertheless there were many variables to why the Bucs were not successful this season and if the expectations were that Brady play as well as he did in 2020 & 2021then so be it, he set them. Realistically to be fair, very few QB’s or players for that matter have consistent MVP caliber seasons. To the haters go hate. He came he conquered he went. I believe he is waiting on Tua to go down and he gets the call from Miami.

  20. Mike Johnson Says:

    Brady gave us 2 great yrs. Almost 2 Superbowl’s. But he truly sucked to holy hell this past season. And he caused an OC who had coached him successfully for 2 yrs to lose his job. Everything has to be almost perfect for Brady to win at his old age. And it was not. I’m glad he walked off rather than be carted off.

  21. Chris Says:

    FYI Montana hates Brady because he overtook him as GOAT. He refers to him as “that guy in Tampa Bay.” There’s a new article about how he’s rooting for Mahomes to overtake him. Montana is a bitter hateful a pathetic old loser.

  22. Ok Says:

    Is there literally anything better than Joe Montana having sleepless nights the past 10 years since Brady has passed him. It’s absolutely awesome, Rice/Montana’s bitterness is beautiful!!

  23. NEfan Says:

    Chris, you mean like Mike Johnson?

  24. steele Says:

    Joe has always been a pissy guy. Overrated throughout his career, benefitted from a system that surprised the NFL for a long time, a weak division, and EASY AS HELL SUPER BOWL OPPONENTS with POOR DEFENSE with few exceptions. Joe failed to get a Lombardi as a KC Chief, failed to prove he bigger than the system, unlike how Brady did make the statement with the Bucs.

    Yes, I can see him being a big reason Brady didn’t wind up in SF. Although this offseason might have been an opportunity.

    And by the way, Brock Purdy may wind up getting a more complicated procedure after all, and miss more time. That means SF may be a competitor for a plug-in QB for a season.