Can These Steps Really Help You Become The Best Quarterback There Is?

Joe Montana was one of the best quarterbacks of all time. His coach, Bill Walsh, believed in him. Walsh saw the perfect quarterback inside Montana. Walsh shaped him perfectly. You’re about to find out how, but first, we’ll teach who are these guys and what is quarterbacking.


Joseph C. Montana Junior was born on June 11, 1956. His father, Joe Montana Senior, was the head of a finance company and his mother, Theresa, was the secretary for his father’s company. They lived in Monongahela, Pennsylvania. Joe loved sports, no matter which. He use to wait for his dad to come home from work to throw a football or baseball around. They practiced throwing the balls through a tire swing for accuracy. The family also had a basketball hoop in their driveway, where Joe often played basketball games with his friends. He loved sports of any shape or size.

Joe graduated from Riggold High school where he was a B-student, a member of the choir, served as Vice President of his class in his senior year, and the star quarterback from the middle of his junior year on. This got the attention of great scholarships all around the country.

Joe almost accepted a basketball scholarship to North Carolina State University, but he loved football too much. Instead he went to Notre Dame on a Football scholarship. In the beginning he was the seventh string QB. Joe occasionally showed up on the field. Twice in his sophomore year he made great comebacks in the fourth quarter. He got two more rallies in his junior year and two more in his senior year. He was known as Notre Dame’s Comeback Kid. He was not the first string quarterback until his senior year, where he made yet another comeback against Houston in the last seven minutes.

Joe Montana was chosen by the 49ers in the 1979 draft late third round. Bill Walsh ignored the negative reports on his brand new quarterback. Walsh wanted a QB with an accurate arm and could adjust quickly to the opposing team’s defensive strategies. By 1981 the 49ers’ offense was like a well-oiled machine. Montana was also a Super Bowl superhero. By 1990 the 49ers had four super bowl titles. Three of which Joe Montana was the MVP.

After being entered into the hall of fame on July 29, 2000, Joe Montana now raises horses in northern California that he and his children compete with. Joe Montana will always be considered as one of football’s greatest quarterbacks.


You might say the quarterback would be the leader of a football team. He’s the one who says “I’m going to Disney World!” after his team wins the Super Bowl.

When the QB says “set; Hutt!” he gets the ball in his hand and either throws the ball to a receiver, (A man who runs down the field and tries to catch the ball) (example: Stevie Smith) makes a short pass or a hand off to a halfback, (a man who catches short passes or takes hand offs to run down the field) (example: Brandon Jacobs) or runs the ball down the field himself.


Bill Walsh saw the ideal quarterback in Joe Montana. He shaped him just right. Now imagine this article is Bill Walsh telling you everything you need to know. You will be just as good as Joe Montana.

First the basics. The throwing footwork is just a simple step back and throw it off your *right foot, a crossover hitch step, and a crossover double hitch step. For a snap you would put your thumbs together and right about even with the center’s rear end. Then you would hop off your *right foot to throw the ball. Remember always bring it up over your shoulder and don’t let it go below your waist.

Now the Quarterback drops. First, the three step drop. On an outside pattern you would take the three quickest and shortest steps you can. On an inside throw you would take the three biggest steps you can. Always, no matter what you want to look forward as long as possible. Now the five step drop. You take five short and quick steps. This may be tough. Now if you put a hitch step in you would do five big steps and a hitch step.  Now a seven step drop. This is to allow the receivers to get further down the field or for receivers to clear up and let other receivers drop behind. You would take the three biggest steps you can take and the four quickest. With a hitch step there is no change. Two hitch steps on a seven step drop would be no change either and you would do this to wait for defenders to clear up.

That is the most important stuff. Almost all you’ll need to know. For more info go to or search quarterbacking by Bill Walsh and watch parts one through seven on YouTube. I hope you learned something. So the answer to the question, “Can these steps really help you to be the best quarterback is” would be, if you follow them correctly, yes.