Originally Posted by WWJD
And Pastorini was mauled during his years with the Oilers. In fact I heard them kidding him that the flak jacket was invented for him in particular. So it wasn't an easy ride for him either.
It was made for him so he could protect his ribs for the shots he was taking over and over. It was career threatening punishment he was absorbing and I remember them showing off this jacket with a baseball bat on the news when it was first made.
Dan was a classic 70's style QB. Big arm and lots of deep, deep downfield passing. Look up the stats for Joe Namath if you want some reference to passing yardage totals in relation to Dan's. Namath averaged 2125 yards per year in his career.
Pastorini was beat to death behind some miserable lines and he never produced big time stats but he had a fantastic deep ball, and was a fantastic leader. Pastorini knows what he is talking about. You don't have to play the position like Johnny Unitas in order to have an opinion on quarterbacking.