Super Bowl Comparison – Quarterbacks

Jan 20, 2009

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Kurt Warner and Ben Roethlisberger have each guided their teams to Super Bowl titles.  They are both looking to add more hardware.  In my first Super Bowl position comparison I matchup these two signal callers.

Big Ben took a step back in 2008 (2007:  32 TDs, 11 INt, 2008:  17 TDs, 15 INTs).  Besides his 15 INTs he lost two fumbles in ’08.  He’s tightened up his turnovers in the playoffs, but the Cardinals have been pretty effective creating them.  If Big Ben turns it over, the Cards could be tough to beat. 

Kurt Warner enjoyed another fabulous season (4583 yards, 30 TDs, 14 INTs, 67.1% completion percentage).  When he’s on, he’s really tough to stop.  In my estimation Warner was the front runner for the MVP up until the Giants game.  He and his teammates have recovered from their end of year funk at just the right time.  If his line can keep him off his back, he could enjoy Super Bowl success.

Edge:  Arizona

However, if backups come into play I favor Pittsburgh.  Not only does Byron Leftwich the edge in experience, he acually got some work in this year thanks to the pounding Big Ben took.  Leftwich completed 21 of 36 passes (58.3%) for 303 yards and 2 TDs.  Meanwhile, Matt Leinart has completed 15 of 29 passes (51.7%) for 4 yards, a TD and a INT.  If it comes down to the backup QB, I like Pittsburgh’s situation better.

Stay tuned for more Super Bowl position comparisons.

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8 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CK0712
    January 20th, 2009 at 8:07 am #

    I agree, with Kurt having the edge here, plus Kurt’s protection is a bit better then Ben’s.

  2. LestersLegends
    January 20th, 2009 at 8:08 am #

    CK – agree

  3. Frank
    January 20th, 2009 at 8:18 am #

    Good points, but in a AB analysis, a contrarian would include the defense facing the QB. That case favors Big Ben, but with its receiving depth, advantage Phoenix. Bottom line is so much goes into the position.

  4. LestersLegends
    January 20th, 2009 at 8:23 am #

    The Cards have faced good defenses and have held their own. Like CK pointed out they have better o-line play and cleary Fitz is head and shoulders above any wr pittsburgh has.

  5. LEV
    January 20th, 2009 at 8:43 am #

    Kurt definitely has the edge in pure numbers, but I think something has to be said for Ben’s toughness. He arguably sets the tone for both sides of the ball. Rarely do you see a quarterback ready to take the big hit the way he does. Behind a suspect o-line (suspect being a generous term) and a very shaky running game (his roughest patches came when Parker was down) he still managed to effectively lead his team and make the big play when it counted. Plus… dealing with the Steelers defense will be a little harder for Kurt than the Falcons, Panthers and Eagles.

  6. LestersLegends
    January 20th, 2009 at 8:47 am #

    Agree, but Warner is a cool customer. He makes better decisions with the football and has such a quick release. He doesn’t allow himself to take the pounding that Ben does. Despite being much older, he’s easily the QB most likely to be standing at the end of the game.

  7. David Funk
    January 20th, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    I agree with this as well. The biggest improvement for the Cardinals on offense has been the play of their offensive line. To me, that’s the only weakness they really had for a few years until now. Warner does have the edge, but it’s the play of the offensive line that has helped him and the rest of the offense move up. Plus, they have that Fitzgerald guy who can’t be covered by anyone in single coverage which also helps Warner and the offensive line. It’s hard to play defense against them right now because of that.

    As Lev said, Big Ben is tough as nails despite their problems on offense. The edge does go to Warner.

  8. LestersLegends
    January 20th, 2009 at 5:26 pm #

    Great points David.

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