Martz still gushes over Warner's game

Tuesday, October 2, 2001

ST. LOUIS -- Kurt Warner, who came from nowhere to become the NFL's MVP in his first season as starter in 1999, keeps finding ways to amaze.

"In a few years, people will look back and realize he might be one of the best to play the game," coach Mike Martz said after Warner threw for four touchdowns in a 42-10 blowout of the Miami Dolphins Sunday.

Martz's opinion hadn't changed Monday after he reviewed the game.

"He makes things look so easy sometimes I'm not sure we really appreciate how good he really is," Martz said.

After a so-so first two games perhaps attributable to a sprained right thumb, Warner is second in passer rating, trailing only Chris Chandler of Atlanta, after going 24-for-31 for 328 yards. He led an offense that produced 441 yards.

The Dolphins, who had entered with a 2-0 record and the NFL's eighth-best defense, didn't know what hit them. Now, they're the 20th-best defense.

"There were some things we wanted to do," Miami defensive end Jason Taylor said. "We didn't do any of them at all."

Coach Dave Wannstedt said, simply: "The guy was incredible."

The Rams' offense, the NFL's best the past two seasons, did whatever it pleased. Marshall Faulk scored three touchdowns and had 160 yards in total offense and Torry Holt caught four passes for 111 yards and a touchdown.

"Once we got going, it was kind of difficult for them to find out exactly what was going on," said Faulk, who leads the NFL with 464 total yards. "Kurt did a good job of mixing it up, not just keying on one of us but finding people everywhere on the field."

Faulk and Holt were the primary targets. But seven different receivers caught at least two passes.

Warner was sacked only once, and generally his line gave him plenty of time to throw.

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