Whenever San Francisco had the ball at Green Bay, for example, nearly every pair of receivers and defensive backs resembled, as they raced toward the ball, the best of the world's synchronized swimmers.
In the days when Montana was as new to pro ball as Garcia is now, it would have been interesting to see how he would have handled such a challenge.
Here Come the Saints?
The rise of the New Orleans Saints, who after six weeks rank second to the Rams in the NFC West, is the other story of the year in this five-team division.
Or so it seems.
Although there will be a clearer answer after the 3-3 Saints play Atlanta Sunday and Arizona a week thereafter, Jim Haslett appears to be making a difference as their new leader succeeding Mike Ditka.
A lifelong defensive player and coach, Haslett has naturally built a defense first in New Orleans, where his future, however, rests on how well he understands offense.
He has the running back, Ricky Williams, but in running up a 24-6 score on Carolina the other day, the Saints ran 47 times and threw only 24 passes.
In the Rams' division, that isn't the way to the top.
Raiders Near Elite Status
Of the AFC's three 5-1 conference leaders at this stage of the 16-game season, the Oakland Raiders are better balanced than the New York Jets and better offensively than the Miami Dolphins.
And in their next three starts the Raiders can take their place as one of the NFL's elite teams with an 8-1 record going into one of the great Monday night games of this season: Oakland at Denver on Nov. 13.
After Seattle plays at Oakland Sunday, the Raiders will get the Chargers at San Diego and then the Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch of their well-earned 20-17 decision at Kansas City the other day.
The only thing worrying their fans is that the Raiders aren't showing all the offense they should have with a quarterback like Rich Gannon, a receiver like Tim Brown, runners like Napoleon Kaufman and Tyrone Wheatley, and a coach like Jon Gruden who is versed in the West Coast Offense.
Gruden for some reason has turned conservative this season, a strange development for a coach so young.
If he were exhibiting some of Ram Coach Mike Martz's boldness, the Raiders wouldn't have to struggle so hard to beat Kansas City by three, San Francisco by three, and even San Diego by three.
Gruden and Al Davis were also taking a chance this year on their comparatively inexperienced new defensive coordinator, Chuck Bresnahan.