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In The Win, Kurt Warner Distributes The Ball Evenly

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The Cardinals elected to receive the ball at the start of the game on Sunday, ready to establish a dominant lead. That was the plan and like Ken Whisenhunt said, they could see 5 or 6 steps ahead of themselves during the opening drive. They ate up the clock and the momentum as the Seattle Seahawks and their fans never saw it coming. Kurt Warner was perfect on the first drive, and nearly throughout the game. He proved that even at the age of 38, he can still be efficient enough to play in the NFL. This brings me to my next point - Warner's ability to distribute the ball evenly. On Sunday, Warner targeted 10 different receivers throughout the game, completing passes to 8 of them. The quarterback's job is to get the ball into the hands of the play-makers, something Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Breaston could tell you about. The chart below shows Warner's ball distribution throughout the game.

QTR Fitzgerald Boldin Breaston Urban Morey Hightower Wells LSH Patrick Becht
1st 4* 3 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
2nd 4 1(1) 1(1) 0 0 1 1 (1) 0 0
3rd 3(1) 2 2* 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
4th 1 (1) 1 1(1) (1) 0 0 1 1 (1)
Total 12 6 6 2 0 4 1 1 1 0


* = Touchdowns () = # of times targeted

When Warner spreads the ball evenly to all of his weapons, and does it throughout the entire game, it makes the Arizona Cardinals passing attack more lethal then it already is. Warner's effort on Sunday only sums up his ability in the pass. He most recently became the fastest quarterback to reach 50, 300 yard games, doing it in 113 games. He tied Dan Marino to become the fastest quarterback to reach 30,000 passing yards in 114 games as well. Warner's presence in the pocket this season is key for the Cardinals to get back into the playoffs.