Gary Kubiak may be gone as the Broncos’ coach, but he’s not forgotten.
Denver linebacker Von Miller wrote a tribute letter to his former coach, who stepped down Monday after two seasons with the Broncos because of health concerns.
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He was a leader who was believable, a man of high character who always had a plan, Miller said in the letter, which was published Tuesday at MMQB. He used to assign me what I call side missions after team meetings hed pull me aside and tell me what he needed from me that day, whether it was raising the intensity level at practice or heightening the focus on the details. I was excited and proud to be called on.
He won MVP honors for that performance (a Super Bowl-record 414 yards and two touchdowns) and was the NFL MVP that year as well.
Mens Ronnie Lott Jersey Warner won the league MVP award again two years later, although the Rams fell in the Super Bowl that year to the upstart New England Patriots and a young Tom Brady.
Warner also led the Cardinals to the Super Bowl following the 2008 season, where they lost to the Steelers.
On the down side, Warner’s career marks are not spectacular; he ranks 38th on the NFL’s career yardage list (32,344 yards), just behind Jay Cutler. He’s 35th on the all-time list with 208 TD passes again, tied with Jay Cutler.
NFL.com lists Warner as a top candidate for induction this year, saying, So much has been said and written regarding Warner’s mid-career lull. At this point, it’s a tired discussion. The bottom line: Warner owns a r??sum? that is very difficult for other players to match: two MVPs, a Super Bowl MVP and leading the Cardinals to the big game in 2008. Prior to that year, the franchise had won all of one playoff game since 1947. Read that line again. The dearth of locks — and quarterbacks — makes Warner a strong possibility.
Bottom line: Don’t be surprised to see Warner get the nod this Saturday evening. It’s a good bet @kurt13warner will share the news.