The heart of the Kurt Warner Cinderella narrative is that the St. Louis Rams went 4—12 the year before Kurt Warner became their quarterback.
While this is literally true (they did, in fact, go 4-12 the year before he became their quarterback) this does not mean, as so many would have us believe, that the difference between the 4—12 1998 St. Louis Rams and the 13—3 1999 Super Bowl Champion St. Louis Rams was Kurt Warner.
You know who else the Rams picked up in the offseason before their Super Bowl season?
Marshall Faulk, the NFL leader in yards from scrimmage the year before.
And Torry Holt, a lethal receiver who had over 700 yards as a rookie in 1999 and led the NFL in receiving yards in 2000.
And Dre Bly, a rookie cornerback who played in all sixteen games and finished with three interceptions and touchdown.
And Adam Timmerman, who played in two Superbowls with the Packers before joining the Rams in 1999.
London Fletcher was in his second year, first as a starter.
As was Az-Zahir Hakim.
And Grant Wistrom.
Tony Horne was in his second full season, and led the NFL in yards per kickoff return and touchdowns off of kickoffs.
And how about the players they got rid after 1998, like Tony Banks; lots of guys could have stepped in and performed better than Banks.
The Rams leading rusher in 1998 was June Henley. Who? A fifth round draft pick out of Kansas who only played in 1998.
Isaac Bruce, the great receiver, was on the 1998 Rams, but he missed all but five games. But despite only playing five games, he finished third on the team in receiving yards with 457, after Ricky Proehl and Amp Lee, a running back. Lee led the team in receptions.
Eddie Kennison started 13 games and didn't break 300 yards. J.T Thomas played in 16 games and had 20 receptions.
Kurt Warner was not the only difference between those two teams, and he was not even the third or fourth most significant difference between those two teams.
Then Warner loses his job to Marc Bulger, who puts up pretty amazing numbers with the same personnel, and wanders the league before getting the starting job and playing great in Arizona, where he had the best receiver duo in the league in Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.
Gimme a break.