Friday, March 27, 2015

Will Kurt Warner retire?

As discussion of Donovan McNabb's future continues to dominate this city's sports conversation, one team often mentioned as a possible landing spot is the Arizona Cardinals.

Will Kurt Warner retire?

Will Kurt Warner´s offseason decision affect the Eagles´ future? (AP Photo / Dave Martin)
Will Kurt Warner's offseason decision affect the Eagles' future? (AP Photo / Dave Martin)

As discussion of Donovan McNabb's future continues to dominate this city's sports conversation, one team often mentioned as a possible landing spot is the Arizona Cardinals.

If the Eagles decide to deal McNabb, he's going to have a say in where he's going. With only one year left on his contract, McNabb would almost definitely have to agree to a contract extension with the Eagles' trading partner.

And that's why Arizona gets mentioned. McNabb, of course, lives there in the offseason. The Cardinals have a talented team that is built to win now with offensive weapons all over the place. And the most important factor: Kurt Warner's potential retirement.

Warner and the Cards were on the receiving end of a 45-14 pounding yesterday against the Saints. The 38-year-old quarterback took a viscious hit and left the game briefly after throwing an interception.

So will this be it for him? Will he hang it up, or come back for another run next year?

"I have some ideas in my head," Warner said, per the Arizona Republic, "but you want to get away from the season for a minute and make sure what you're feeling stays that way. But I don't think it will be a long process."

Warner has missed only one regular-season game in the last two seasons. He threw 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions this year, and played a nearly-flawless wild-card game against the Packers, completing 29 of 33 passes with five touchdowns.

"It's really going to come down to what I want to do moving forward, what's the best thing for me," he said.

Other quick notes:

* I watched Ed Reed for 2.5 years while in Baltimore. One of the most dynamic defensive playmakers of this era. But if someone could chart how often he turns the ball over on interception/fumble returns, I think they'd find it's one of the highest percentages in NFL history. Often times, it's when Reed tries to lateral to a teammate, but his fumble yesterday was a dagger. In the third quarter, with the Ravens trailing 17-3, Reed intercepted Peyton Manning, returned it 38 yards to the Colts' 34, but then was stripped by Indy WR Pierre Garcon.

* A couple ex-Eagles sightings. L.J. Smith was called for an illegal block in the back penalty, negating a 64-yard Ravens kickoff return in the first quarter. And Hank Baskett did not get in the game, but was dressed and on the sideline for Indy.

* Did you see the Ravens run a QB sneak with Joe Flacco on 3rd-and-2? And they got it easily. Rarely see that called on short-yardage plays of more than 1 yard.

* The Ravens desperately need a playmaking wide receiver to help Flacco. Once that's added, and Flacco continues to mature, they should be able to take the next step. Three playoff wins in two years is not bad at all for John Harbaugh in his first two seasons as head coach.

* The final hope for the Andy Reid coaching tree in these playoffs is Brad Childress. The Vikings host the Cowboys at 1. We'll have observations afterwards.

Sheil Kapadia Philly.com
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