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Mailbag: Warner will take chances

August, 25, 2008

Posted by's Mike Sando

Chris from Denver writes: Great blogging through the [Cardinals-Raiders] game. The NFC West blog is great. Mike, what are your thoughts on the AZ QB situation? I know that Leinart is the "future" but I feel as if Warner allows them the opportunity to win now, which is most important.

Mike Sando: Thanks much, Chris. Playing Kurt Warner does give the Cardinals a better chance. That's not necessarily a good thing for the organization, though. The Cardinals need Leinart to become the No. 1 guy at some point. Otherwise, they wasted a high draft choice.

The Cardinals' offensive players are presumably happy to have Warner at quarterback. However, opposing defensive players might happy to have him there, too. They know Warner will risk turnovers to make plays.

Toby from Granada Hills, Calif., writes: Hey Mike, considering that Martz doesn't like to keep extra protection and generally gets his QBs beat up, what's the likelihood of all three QBs getting action? And isn't Shaun Hill the only one guaranteed to be there beyond this year? Even if Smith ends up having a decent year it seems that would create difficult negotiations, management wanting to see more (and possible coaching change) and Smith wanting to get paid.

Mike Sando: The 49ers aren't obligated to keep any of the three quarterbacks beyond this season. Keeping Hill would make sense given the three-year investment, but the cap implications do not compel San Francisco to make a decision one way or another.

NFL teams used more than 60 starting quarterbacks last season, so it's an upset if O'Sullivan makes it all the way through, particularly on a 49ers team that used four quarterbacks last season.

Kyle from St. Louis writes: Mike - Keenan Burton and Donnie Avery both looked good on Saturday against Baltimore. Avery's speed, especially, is noticeable. If someone put a gun to your head and made you pick the one who will have the better season, what would you say (and let's hope this doesn't happen, by the way)?

Mike Sando: I would go with Avery because of his promise as a returner as well. That is admittedly a guess. Both players have missed time this summer.

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