Like Barkley, our mystery passer was a multiyear starter at a major college… this passer missed a full year with an injury and had to redshirt, which led to concerns from scouts about his injury history, just like today’s scouts have with Barkley. Those scouts also questioned that quarterback’s arm strength and noted that it was “average,” just like … you get the idea.

Most notably, though, both of the quarterbacks in question were coming to the NFL to play in offensive systems under new head coaches that were designed to make a quarterback’s life easier, specifically by building an offense around spreading the field and making quick, short throws that beat the pass rush. Barkley can only hope that it works out as well for him as it does for our mystery passer, Joe Montana.

Bill Barnwell, Grantland


  • Bobby Hoying April 29, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I was compared to Joe Montana too, oh well back to work…..”would you like fries with that?”

  • BigBallzChipper April 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I was watching some high light videos of Barkley this morning and I was thinking to myself, how much Barkley reminded of Montana. I watched Montana most of his career, since the early eighties, and the footwork, pocket presence, ability to move the pocket, throwing release, passes with touch, ability to look off safeties/LB’s in order to fit the ball into small windows were all very similar between Montana and Barkley. Montana was of course 6’4″/6’5″ and a string bean (185-190lbs), while Barkley may struggle some as he is 6’2″, but he is built thicker at 227lbs. I AM NOT SAYING that Barkley is the next Montana, but it will be interesting.

  • #1 Matt Barkley fan April 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Matt Barkley will bring us a Superbowl. H is the QB we have been waiting for. Take us to thy promise land Matthew.

  • Sean Brace April 29, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    ^ either Barkley himself or his fiance. Can’t wait to chat w/ you on my show with Jonnnnnnny Marks.

  • Eric Lindros April 30, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Joe Montana was 6’2″.

  • Your Mother April 30, 2013 at 8:20 am

    MMMMMMMkayyy…. So I give it 6 months before the kid goes from being compared to Joe Montana, to being compared to Joe Harrington. You guys are too fvcking easy when it comes to slurping on the hype.. Suckers. Sometimes I think I raised a bunch of fvcking brain dead morons.

  • ThePhillyFlash April 30, 2013 at 9:23 am

    That’s one hell of a reach, comparing Barkley to Joe Montana of all people. I mean, when you consider the track record of USC quarterbacks in the pros which ranges from average to dismal, something like that is the kiss of death to the kid. Let’s wait until Barkley actually throws a pass in an actual NFL game before we start work on his bust for Canton.

  • Worley's Hot Piece of Ass April 30, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Let’s compare Bynum to Wilt then

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