Super Bowl Comparison – Quarterbacks
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.
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.