It's a good sign, I suppose, when this “Tale of Two Teams” Cardinals bunch manages to end up on the winning side when all is said and done. A win is a win is a win, and all that.
But what happened today, in what Darnell Dockett calls "The LOU," gave a clear illustration to those few who still don’t think "Hall of Fame" when they think of the Cards' starting quarterback are frankly off their collective rockers.
Of course, there are all the "reasons" why backup QB Matt Leinart wasn’t able to do what his mentor does. His timing was off because he doesn’t practice with the first stringers and hasn't played regularly.
The Cardinals are an elite team.
That’s right, you heard me. The Arizona Cardinals are an elite football team. One that doesn’t get many public props or the proper respect of its own fans, let alone fans of the opposition. But an elite team, nonetheless.
When Kurt Warner is in the game.
So, to clarify, Kurt Warner was his razor-sharp self and guided the Cardinals offense to three first-half touchdowns.
Warner was hit late in the second quarter on a completion to WR Larry Fitzgerald, smacking his noggin on the same St. Louis turf where he became a folk hero. After removing himself from the game, his backup, Matt Leinart, finished.