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Friday, September 26, 2008
Kurt Warner, then and now

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

 
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 Kurt Warner fumbled 12 times during his one season as a Giant. He has yet to fumble this year.

Kurt Warner returns to the Meadowlands without many memories from the one season he spent with the Giants in 2004. Warner posted a 5-4 record as a starter despite tossing only six touchdown passes and taking 39 sacks before the Giants turned to Eli Manning at quarterback.

Warner, now in his first full season as the Cardinals' starter, finds himself in a much better situation as he prepares to face the Jets in Week 4.

When Warner was with the Giants, receivers Amani Toomer and Ike Hilliard combined for 100 catches without scoring a touchdown. The offense went through Tiki Barber (1,518 yards) and Jeremy Shockey (six touchdowns among 61 receptions).

The Giants finished with a 6-10 record that season. Warner has thrown 50 touchdown passes in 33 games, all with Arizona, since leaving the Giants. He has six touchdown passes, one interception and a 111.7 rating during the Cardinals' 2-1 start this season.

Warner to reporters this week: "I don't think I ever changed. I just was caught in situations where it wasn't conducive to me playing and being aggressive and attacking and being that pass-first type of offense."

Yes, Arizona receivers Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald have combined for 33 catches, 540 yards and six touchdowns in three games. But Warner has changed.

Warner hasn't fumbled this season. He fumbled 31 times, losing 14, in 30 games with Arizona before this season. He fumbled 12 times, losing four, in his one season with the Giants. That's one big difference between Warner then and now. He also averaged one interception per 29.6 attempts before this season. He has one interception in 84 attempts in 2008.