BOSTON (CBS) – Former quarterback and current NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner feels fortunate enough to have appeared in three of the greatest Super Bowls ever played, but it’s the loss against the Patriots that was the most difficult to move on from.
Kurt Warner’s St. Louis Rams were dubbed “The Greatest Show On Turf” and on their way to a second championship in three years when Bill Belichick’s Patriots knocked them off in Super Bowl XXXVI, starting a dynasty of their own.
Warner has more perspective on the game than say his former teammate Marshall Faulk, but the former MVP told Felger & Massarotti Wednesday that the loss still stings because of that dirty little “S” word that New England fans hate hearing.
“We understand Spygate; it was there, but nobody really knows what it was. I think the unfortunate thing is nobody really has any answers. When you’re the team that lost that Super Bowl there’s always that question in your mind. There’s that inkling of was there something else going on? It’s unfortunate, because as much as you try to put it out of your mind, you know it was still there and we really never got the answers to those questions.”
Warner credited Bill Belichick’s game plan, but admits he has no idea what to believe as far as if the Patriots win was tainted. He does find it odd that the video tapes were destroyed.
“Nobody ever got to see the real evidence, so if there wasn’t anything there why didn’t we all get to see it? It’s over, it’s done with. I want to give credit to coach Belichick because he’s so good at what he does. They had a great game plan, they beat us up and officials don’t want to call penalties in the Super Bowl. They played us very well, and you can look at that both ways: maybe they knew something, or maybe these were great coaches that put together great game plans. We never really got closure on the situation.”
Warner had to prepare for the Super Bowl three times in his career, and he says the hardest part is the week leading up to the game. Despite your best efforts to try and prepare the same way it’s impossible, which can be distracting for some players.
Listen below to hear Warner’s take on how long Tom Brady’s championship window is open: