Smith good, but Warner still completion king

Posted by Darren Urban on November 1, 2012 – 9:46 am

The 49ers were trying hard to get quarterback Alex Smith the NFL record for completion percentage in a game after his performance against the Cardinals — and coincidentally, the record holder is none other than former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner. To officially own the record in the NFL’s eyes, a QB has to have 20 attempts in a game. Smith went 18-for-19, so the 49ers were trying to find a way to get one more completion. The hope was that a throw at the line of scrimmage to receiver Michael Crabtree — immediately ruled a lateral/run on the field — would be reversed, but it was not and replays showed such. There was another close play to Mario Manningham that was called a pass interference on the field, so the play didn’t matter.

Regardless, Smith remains 18-for-19. A great day, but not great enough to usurp Warner.

Warner’s great day was odd in itself. Warner went 24-for-26 (92.3 percent) in a game the Cards needed to have early in the season and a week after Warner and the offense struggled against the 49ers at home in a loss. More strange was that, during the performance with which Warner eventually set NFL history, Larry Fitzgerald’s brother Marcus infamously went on Twitter criticizing Warner and complaining Larry wasn’t getting the ball enough. Steve Breaston had eight catches that day, almost as many as Fitz and Anquan Boldin had combined (9). It’s one of those record that will be tough to top — even if Smith got close.

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12 Responses to “Smith good, but Warner still completion king”

  1. By Dynosoar on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    I remember that durring the Kurt Warner years, we had the best Red Zone offense. That’s the real key, a quarterback that can find the endzone (via WR, RB, TE or QB.)

    I’ve never been a fan of controlling the clock to control the game. Control the scoreboard and you controll the game.

    Is it too much to wish for touchdowns, four or more each game. With our defense and four or more touchdowns in a game we’d be both an irrisistable force and an immovable object.

    I’ll never be a fan of any other team. Regardless of dissapointments I’ll still wear my Cardinals jersey proudly and often. It’d just be nice to be able to have a couple more Championships on our record than just 1925 and 1947.

    I believe the Stockdale Paradox applies.
    “This is very important – You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” – Admiral Jim Stockdale.

    What he meant was to confront the brutal facts of the current situation, whatever they might be And At The Same Time retain an unshakable faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the challenges.

    I know, not always easy. Looking forward to making a grilled cheese sandwich this weekend. (No, seriously, we’re going to make gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and picnic in our backyard.) It’s be nice if we could beat Green Bay without Seattles striped assistance. Yeah, that’d be nice.

  2. By Dynosoar on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    The 49ers really did play a great game. If we had a QB that could move the chains and get us into the endzone, we still would’ve won.

  3. By johnnybluenose on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    i have been in barcelona for almost a week. it is a beautiful city and there are a lot of good things to say about it. one thing that comes to mind is that i did not have to watch monday night football. that must have been brutal. we will be lucky to win two more games this year. are you still out there DYNASOAR? i hope whiz and most of his staff are let go. we are facing a big rebuild as guys like wilson and rhodes and dockett begin to fade and we only have a couple of guys who could be considered elite players. fitz is one but he is wasted here. we still have no quarterback and no proven running back and a coach who says all we need to do is cut down on mistakes. he makes me want to scream. and for those of you who want to see ray horton as our next head coach please give your heads a shake. what has he ever done? we are nowhere.

  4. By Giorgio on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Look, these guys are either not very good, again, or the coaching staff from head to toe except for DC Ray Horton has lost control. It’s time to give up the Pittsburgh experiment and create an AZ Cards model for a change. Re, Warner, no question he did a great job because of who he is (so did Bret Favre at Green Bay and the Vikes), but honestly AZ has NOT had a longstanding QB since the days of Jim Hart and Neil Lomax. Something is sorely wrong w/that picture!! Whiz and his guys probably get another year, but if I’m Todd Haley, and if he has a clause in his Pittsburgh contract, I’d bet he receives a call after the season. It’s been rumored that Mike Bidwell likes him.

  5. By D on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Ohh yes, the good ol days with a QB who was a master of this offense and had a quick release….we all miss the glory days….That is why as fans we would like for the leadership to stop bringing in used QB’s from other teams and build the offense with a first or second round draft pick at the QB spot….build the Oline and draft a QB so this fan base can rally around this team (because the other 3 major teams in town appear will be down for some time)…bring in a proven QB teacher like a Norv Turner is spring…let Whiz step back some like he did with Haley. Norv is at his best as only a OC and Whiz would not be afraid to try new ideas…..Fitz deserves to play the rest of his contract on a team that can score and compete year in and year out with SF…

  6. By hotValleySun on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply


    With a good QB the game may be close but 49ers still win since they played well on both defense and offense (our defense tried to do too much or they were tired by 2nd quarter)

  7. By rodgerscromartie17 on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    next season will be another battle between skeleton and k-slob, hopefully they at least land some quality lineman. I really just hope they dont lose Horton to a HC job somewhere and all this defensive success if all for nothing. Next Cardinals QB Controversy, Lindley vs. unanimous offseason pick up

  8. By Dynosoar on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply


    Yes I’m still here. How are things for you in the Great White North of Nova Scotia?

    I was away with illness for a week or so. Thanks for asking. A month or so ago you said you hoped we’d remain healthy and make a run in the playoffs, looks like our hopes for a healthy team just aren’t to be.

    Monday night, yeah, it was brutal. Although there were bright spots. The teams entering the field and the coin toss come to mind. Kidding. I’m kidding.

    Hey. I love my Cards and as nuch as I wanted to see a win, it was just good to actually see them in their red uniforms on my telivision. The grass of local coverage is definitely greener from where I am.

    My sons a Packers fan (he’s only seven, but I don’t have much hope he’ll outgrow it) so we’re going to enjoy the weekend. Hoping this game is played in the Utah area instead of the usual Broncos, 49ers or Cowboys.

    JBN, have a grand fine day and the same to all the other Cardinals fans out there. I still believe in New Orleans for us in February. That is until eight losses. Hey, we have Fitz. Let’s do our part as fans to see him to that ring.

    Darren, tell him we all want him to have that ring and we only complain because we care. It just comes out wrong sometimes. 70 sell outs, we Cardinals Fans are just Mighty Awsome!

  9. By Rick on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Unreal the worse offense in the nfl and no moves were made to attempt to improve this team.

  10. By BIG RED on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    This is no time to be talking about records. Just win baby! That’s what matters, most.

  11. By Scott H on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Great to see that Warner will continue to own this record. It just seems more fitting that this record be held by someone of Warner’s caliber. And, of course, I am proud that he did it in a Cardinals uniform. I can’t deny what Alex Smith did against us last week, but…please. His name will never be mentioned in the same breath as Kurt Warner’s.

    And, as Darren pointed out, Warner’s greatest performance EVER – and maybe the best performance EVER by ANY QB – was his game against the packers in the 2009 playoffs. What he did that day was just un-real and he did it against one of the best defenses in the league that year. Hard to believe he played one more game and retired about a month later.

  12. By clssylssy on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    That is so Harbaugh trying to strongarm the NFL into stealing Warner’s record and GIVING it to Smith…how embarrassing if you are Smith! No REAL athlete wants a record handed to him in such a gratuitous show! Warner wasn’t always great, had his bad games as well as developing into the QB most Cards will remember him as. Some of us remember him in the early days and to GROW in the manner he did is the mark of a HOFer. Good things come to those who work for them and Harbaugh’s arrogance will only harm his player if they buy into his feeling of entitlement.

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