2. Joe Montana
While three-time Super Bowl MVP Montana lacked the power passing skills of many of the QB’s populating this list, “Joe Cool” was the quintessential catalyst of the “West Coast Offense” system perfected by late 49ers’ head coach Bill Walsh. Montana’s detached precision was the necessary ingredient to manifest Walsh’s sophisticated passing designs.
Together they forged a dynasty in San Francisco that would eventually see their offensive schemes lead to five Super Bowls championships with two different coaches and quarterbacks, the second being Steve Young. When Montana was traded to Kansas City in 1993 to make room for Young to take over, it was an earthquake like no other that hit the Bay Area.