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Posts Tagged ‘Kurt Warner’

To Review or Not Review (Kurt Warner)

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That is the question. Did Warner fumble or was his arm going forward? The fact there’s even confusion about the play means it HAS to be reviewed. Bonus: the fine fellow who uploaded the video is named “guckfoodell,” clearly defining his position on the manner. For the record, I’m certainly not implying the Cardinals were cheated or that they would’ve won if they have another chance. The point is, why do you allow a questionable play to go without further investigation?

That’s what the technology is there for. The fact the NFL front office jumped in line with the non-review is disappointing, but not surprising.

Warner and Roethlisberger Got Milk (Super Bowl XLIII)

Got Milk?
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The folks at Got Milk? have released their Super Bowl-themed print ad featuring Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner, saying both will get called for holding on Sunday–that is, holding a glass of milk. Unfortunately for Darren Rovell, this doesn’t work because quarterbacks aren’t usually called for holding penalties. That’s a tad too nitpicky for my tastes, but I see Rovell’s point. If they wanted to be more quarterback-specific, the folks at Got Milk? could’ve said, “This Sunday, opposing defenses will be penalized for touching my helmet. Because quarterbacks are so dainty, we need all the milk we can get.”

You can see the entire ad here.

We’re Going To Tampa!!! (Super Bowl XLIII)

Super Bowl Quarterbacks

Yeah, yeah. I figured I, just like everybody else, would play this, “I can’t believe Arizona is in Super Bowl card,” but that’s too obvious. Furthermore, if the Cardinals offense keeps scoring like they have and they continue to get decent support from their defensive unit, Arizona is not going to be an easy win for any team they play in two weeks. It’s really pretty simple: Kurt Warner has all the experience you can ask for and his receiving corps is clearly the best in the league. These two components alone make them a legitimate threat to win the Super Bowl.

More Super Bowl thoughts after the jump >>

Donovan McNabb Needs To Use The Phone

Apparently, McNabb needed to tell the world the Giants reign as Super Bowl Champions is now over. Naturally, because of their complete offensive inefficiency, the New York Football Giants want Plaxico Burress to return to the team–proving once again that winning trumps everything and punishment-related talk is just that: lip service–unless your name is Pacman Jones.

Next up for the Eagles, a trip to Phoenix to play the Arizona Cardinals for the right to go the Super Bowl. It feels incredibly weird just typing that previous sentence. However, the fact that it’s true goes a long way in backing up the “Kurt Warner is the true MVP talk.”

ESPN Is Sticking With Kurt Warner

Matt Leinart

I’ll say this for ESPN, they do stand by their men, especially when it comes to Chris Mortensen. The other day, Mort issued a breaking report, stating the Arizona Cardinals named Kurt Warner as their starting quarterback after Matt Leinart had a horrible preseason outing against the Oakland Raiders.

Once news got out about Mort’s report, the Cardinals coaching staff, namely head coach Ken Whisenhunt, indicated Leinart is still his starting quarterback. Actually, he said no changes have been made while discussing his disappointment in Mort’s report.

That, however, has not stopped the Worldwide Leader from posting articles discussing how Kurt Warner’s patience in Arizona finally paid off. In fact, John Clayton’s article speaks as if the decision is already set in stone, obviously spurred on by Mortensen’s (premature?) report.

Whisenhunt gave Leinart every chance to win the job. Sure, he probably felt threatened when Warner earned first-team snaps every other day, but too bad. All he had to do was light up practice and do the same in games. He didn’t, and his skills have deteriorated inexplicably.

While that seems to be the consensus on Leinart’s performance thus far, it’s apparent Whisenhunt isn’t ready to give in to ESPN’s perspective, bringing up another point — if the heir apparent to the Arizona starting quarterback position is performing poorly, why wouldn’t you make the change to Kurt Warner?

Remember, Warner posted these numbers –3417 yards and 27 touchdowns — in relief of an injured Leinart last season.

The object of playing is to win the game, not to pamper a quarterback who doesn’t seem to grasp what it takes to be an NFL quarterback (it’s not as easy as it was at SC, aye Matt?). I understand Warner’s not getting any younger, but when he presents the Cardinals their best chance to win, making a change seems like the obvious choice.

I can understand Whisenhunt’s displeasure in ESPN’s methods, but keeping Leinart as the starter just to save face seems petulant and stubborn. I also understand Arizona wants to know what they have in Leinart and rightfully so. Any time you make such an investment, you need to know whether or not it was a wise one. But isn’t that what the NFL preseason is for?

I’m not sure keeping Leinart as the starter just to prove a point to ESPN is the best thing for Cardinals, especially when it’s becoming more and more evident Warner is the man for the job.