I have the Arizona Cardinals vs. the St. Louis Rams game this week for Fox so I have been able to see a lot of quarterback Kurt Warner. He is on the verge of having a monster year. Earlier in the season I had the Cardinals vs. the New York Jets where Warner had, maybe, the worst quarter of football I have every seen by a quarterback. He fumbled the ball twice and threw two picks, one for a TD. In light of that, when you look at his numbers, not withstanding that one quarter, his production is stunning.
So far he is 184 of 262 for 238 yards per game and a 70.2% completion percentage. He has thrown 14 TD’s and only 6 INT’s (particularly impressive if you take away the poor 3 INT day vs. the Jets). This translates to a 4,700 yard, 32 TD, 14 INT year if he can keep this pace.
Warner certainly has one of the best group of receivers in the league to work with. It isn’t just Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, either. Second-year man Steve Breaston has stepped up his game considerably.
Fitzgerald has 43 catches, Breaston has 37 and Boldin, despite missing two games because of a head injury, has 36. They already are the first trio of wideouts from the same team this season to have at least 400 receiving yards. Fitzgerald has 661, Boldin 429 and Breaston 464, and combined they have produced eight 100-yard games.
On Sunday, the three wide receivers can become the first such group in NFL history to reach 40 receptions through the first eight games of a season.
If Warner can keep this up, the Cardinals will have a tough decision to make at year’s end about extending Warner’s contract (he indicated he would like to play for two more years), or recommit to first-round draft choice Matt Leinart.