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Geno Smith has a lot to learn

Like Joe Montana realized early, rookie QBs can't get by on talent alone

Originally Published: May 3, 2013
By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

Joe Montana thought he knew everything. He had won a national championship at Notre Dame in 1977, throttling the No. 1-ranked Texas Longhorns 38-10 in the Cotton Bowl. He had won huge games during his career, including as a senior when the Fighting Irish beat No. 9 Houston to win another Cotton Bowl crown.

Montana was the man, or so he thought.

When he got to San Francisco as a third-round draft pick in 1979, he quickly learned that he knew nothing about how to play ...

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