Sacks tell only part of Warner's story

February, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

TAMPA, Fla. -- Bob Costas brought up a good point when he said Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner has taken only six sacks against more than 200 blitzes this season.

Sacks tell only part of the story, however. Warner took quite a bit of punishment in some of those games with relatively few sacks. He gets rid of the football, but he also hangs in there against the rush, taking punishment after the ball is gone.

The Cowboys knocked around Warner quite a bit in Week 6. The Cardinals had a bye the next week. Had they not, I wasn't sure how ready Warner would have been the next week. He took only one sack, but the stat sheet showed 10 quarterback hits. Arizona needed two special-teams touchdowns to win that game in overtime.

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