This post shows how spoiled we are as football fans. If Cam Newton had his 2013 numbers in 1999, he would have been fourth in passing TDs. Instead he was tied for 12th.
In 1999, only Steve Beuerlein and Kurt Warner had over 30 passing TDs. Steve had 36 and Warner had 41. 41 passing TDs in 1999 was huge.... that made Kurt Warner the only person not named Dan Marino to have thrown 40 TDs in a season (at the time).
A few years later, he put up the second most passing yardage in history (at the time). Then he had his hand (wrist?) injury and it took a long time for him to get over that. The year he played for the Giants, he was only there to mentor Eli. The Giants were definitely a run first team; much of the passing game even went through Tiki Barber.
When he got to Arizona, he had no run game and no defense. When he finally was given control of the team (he was originally set to mentor Matt Leinart) and had a run game and a modicum of defense, the Cardinals were NFC Champs.
If you look at it with a modern perspective, Warner's numbers were simply above average. But if you look at his numbers in context with history and the era in which he played, he would definitely get in on a "slow year."
No. It shows i have higher standards for HoF. I don't like the way the game has been offensively steered. My favorite era to watch is the 70s. I justdon't think he's a HoFer. The year he threw for all that yardage? Guess what he also threw 22 picks. It's notlike he played in some offensively sputtering era. He was just one of the first to usher in the new. Outside the 2 seasons you mentioned he never had a qb rating over 90 except 2008. That's not HoF to me. you've just mentioned a couple great seasons. It takes more than that to be a HoFer.
Edited by Falcons1stPanthers2nd, 25 June 2014 - 04:30 AM.