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Doug Farrar

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Warner, But D Will Win

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Warner versus Roethlisberger is an interesting conundrum -- would you rather have the quarterback who can throw to Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, or the quarterback who doesn't have to face that vicious Pittsburgh defense?

Both players have their strong points. Big Ben lives up to his name by extending plays past the reasonable point of pressure. He can break tackles, elude defenders, and so many of his touchdowns have come when other quarterbacks would be picking themselves off the ground. However, that kind of determination comes with a price -- he will occasionally throw up goat-balls as he's going down, leading to very avoidable turnovers.

Warner is displaying every bit of his veteran acumen through the playoffs. Few quarterbacks are better at beating the blitz with short passes, and he has the targets in Boldin and Fitzgerald to make big plays out of short passes. He can be rattled at times, but the Cardinals' recent run has given him a confidence that I haven't seen in him since he was running that amazing Rams offense almost a decade ago.

And that's why I'd probably pick Warner. He'll face the biggest challenge of the season in that Blitzburgh D, but the Steelers will give up plays to the short left and right, and this could play into Warner's hands. When it comes to the Super Bowl, I don't just want the guy who's been there before -- I want the guy who's been there before and done well. Warner has, Roethlisberger hasn't. Though the Steelers are the favorite to win this one, I think they'll have to do it with their quarterback being outperformed.

By Doug Farrar  |  January 28, 2009; 10:02 AM ET  | Category:  Arizona Cardinals , Doug Farrar , Pittsburgh Steelers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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