Everyone thought that former USC star Matt Leinart would lead the Arizona Cardinals this season. But Leinart did not perform well in the pre-season and Kurt Warner, who is in his 11th NFL season, got the nods to start. > The results were positive for the team formerly from St. Louis.
Arizona, guided by Warner, won its division. Warner is one of the top five quarterbacks in the league. He’s passed for 4,320 yards, which is second only to Drew Brees, has a rating of 95.5, which is third in the NFL, and completed 67.3% of his throws, which is first in the NFL. Warner’s Achilles’ heel has been his immobility. The vet has been sacked 25 times, which is 17th in the league. With 26 touchdown passes, he’s tied for third in scoring passes. Also, his 2.3 INT% is one of the best in the pros.
Warner may very well be the Comeback Player of the Year in the NFL. But there are problems. The Cardinals have not notched a win during the past two weeks, and although they are 5-0 in the division, they are 6- 5 in the conference and 8- 7 overall. That means that Arizona’s upcoming game versus the 4- 11 Seattle Seahawks is extremely important.
If the Cardinals lose their final regular season contest, they will go into the playoffs even at 8- 8. That’s not a very good record. Additionally, they will be playoff bound after losing three straight and five of their last six. The one win was versus the dismal St. Louis Rams. The five loses were in meetings with teams that are either in the playoffs or possibly playoff bound—New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay packers. In those five loses, they were outscored by a phenomenal 167- 70 points.
Kurt Warner has had an amazing season. It is a MVP season. But if the club, which has never made the post-season after moving to Arizona, falters early in the playoffs, Warner’s season will be less impressive.