They talked about the Titans, whom the Cardinals would visit in a week. They talked about potential plays. Warner even watched Tennessee video on his computer. Warner didn't seem affected much, if at all, from the concussion-like symptoms that forced him out of the 21-13 win over the Rams.
Monday, Whisenhunt sounded optimistic Warner would be able to play against Tennessee -- “I didn’t see anything that led me to believe there would be an issue,” Whisenhunt said -- although Warner sounded not quite as confident as he had immediately after the game.
“I just wasn’t perfect and I was aware of that,” Warner said after the game.
That could mean long-term wins rather than short-term, however, and having a healthy Warner for a probable playoff berth is important. Otherwise, it’s clear the Cards can best win by having Warner on the field.
Under Warner’s direction, the Cards are second in the NFL in red-zone proficiency, scoring touchdowns at a 70.3 percent rate. The last three games – all wins, since his six-turnover day against Carolina – Warner has completed 66-of-89 passes for 804 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions.
Warner’s 89 passes in a row without an interception is the longest active streak for any NFL starting quarterback. Warner would also be making his 42nd straight start – including the postseason – if he does so at Tennessee.
“Kurt is as tough as they come and he’s a tough cookie,” wide receiver
If Warner can’t go, Whisenhunt expects
“When you get into an NFL regular season game and you haven’t played much, you don’t just go in and think you’re going to tear it up,” Whisenhunt said. “Sometimes that happens, but by and large, it doesn’t. He doesn’t get a lot of reps in practice. I give Matt credit. He was prepared, he knew what he was trying to do, he fought and tried to make some plays.”
Whisenhunt said he considered kicking a field goal on the first drive of the second half, when Leinart directed the offense to the St. Louis 33-yard line before stalling. Whisenhunt chose to punt rather than try a 51-yard field goal by kicker
“I had confidence in Neil,” Whisenhunt said. “But at that point I felt to make (the Rams) go a long distance of the field would make them take time off the clock and it was the right strategic thing to do. Ben bailed me out by putting it down there by the 2. If we had missed (a field goal), it would have given it to them at their 41-yard line and they’d have a shorter field.” …
Whisenhunt said he did not know the status of cornerback