NFL Awards Watch: Week 6
Not often does a 37-year old player get a chance to ride off into the sunset on the heels of a great season, but if
Warner, a two-time league MVP, has been phenomenal this season in leading the Cardinals to a 4-2 record. His 1,708 passing yards rank second in the league, and he is one of only five passers in the league with a passer rating over 100.0 (102.8). While we have come to expect those kinds of numbers from Warner, his performance this season has been nothing short of amazing considering his journey from veteran backup to unlikely starter.
"He has been unbelievable," said an AFC scout. "If he continues to stay healthy, he should garner all kinds of postseason honors."
Warner entered training camp expected to back up the team's anointed franchise quarterback (
"It seemed unlikely that he was going to be the guy," said an NFC personnel director. "But he is showing that he was the right guy to lead their team."
The gamble to go with the veteran has paid off for the Cardinals as Warner has directed the league's second-ranked scoring offense with impressive efficiency. Warner has completed 70 percent of his passes and tallied 12 touchdowns through six games. Those numbers become more remarkable when you consider he is playing without one of his Pro Bowl receivers (
In the two games since Boldin's injury, Warner has completed over 76 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and only one interception. In true MVP fashion, Warner has not only raised the level of his game, but gotten his teammates to play at a higher level. Second-year receiver
With Warner playing some of the best ball of his career, the Cardinals have gotten off to their best start since 2002 and have a legitimate chance to capture their first-ever NFC West division title. If the three-time Pro Bowler can pull off that unlikely feat for a perennially downtrodden franchise, he deserves to be recognized as the league's most valuable player.