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Packers, not Saints, raised Kurt Warner’s ire in 2009 playoffs

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The Saints may have put a bounty on Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner during the playoffs after the 2009 season, but Warner says it was the other playoff game he played that year — against the Packers — when he thought the opposing team was taking shots at his head.

Warner said on the Dan Patrick Show that in that year’s wild card playoff win over Green Bay, he felt like Packers players were intentionally trying to hit him high. It was actually the Packers who were complaining after that game that the officials missed calls on illegal hits to Aaron Rodgers, but Warner says the Packers were hitting him illegally, too.

But in the next week’s divisional loss to New Orleans, Warner didn’t think the Saints did anything beyond what’s normal.

“I played in a lot of games where they were really trying to take me out,” Warner said. “When I went back and looked at that game [against the Saints] I don’t ever remember thinking it was anything more than a tough playoff game. I don’t remember anything that was beyond the whistle. Even the big hit was legal.”

The Saints did hit Warner, and hit him hard, in beating the Cardinals that week, then they pounded Brett Favre the following week on their way to the Super Bowl. But Warner never felt he was taking unnecessary shots to the head from the Saints.

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66 Responses to “Packers, not Saints, raised Kurt Warner’s ire in 2009 playoffs”
  1. jimmysee says: May 3, 2012 1:59 PM

    Those Packers are such brutes!
    :-)

  2. timtrice says: May 3, 2012 1:59 PM

    He also remembers Tinkerbell resting on his facemask.

  3. dvdman123 says: May 3, 2012 2:03 PM

    Oh I’m sure the NFL will look into the Packers now………yeah right.

  4. jetnotjets says: May 3, 2012 2:25 PM

    “I’m Batman.”

  5. redstar504 says: May 3, 2012 2:27 PM

    What I want know is how the saints go from being a model of sportsmanship in December (see broadcast of Lions game comparing the Saints style to the Lions) to the dirtiest team in the NFL in May?

    If we were so dirty where are the personal foul calls? Wait till Sept. NFL world you no evidence fools are nothing but motivation!

  6. rodgers419 says: May 3, 2012 2:27 PM

    Kurt Warner sure has a lot of things to whine about.

  7. ilovefoolsball says: May 3, 2012 2:28 PM

    Just goes to show you, there is a difference between talking about doing something and actually doing something. Unfortunately for the Saints they will get penalized for talking about it and not doing it and the Packers will walk when they were probably actually the ones carrying out the actions on the field.

    GOD
    dell has it all wrong, and there’s not a damn thing anyone can do about it.

    OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!

  8. stellarperformance says: May 3, 2012 2:28 PM

    It wasn’t so much the Packers targeting his head, it was because his head is so big it kept getting in the way…kind of like Elaine Benes.

  9. randy001 says: May 3, 2012 2:29 PM

    It’s ’cause he took so many shots to the head.

  10. thepvyharvin says: May 3, 2012 2:30 PM

    Anthony Hargrove jumped ship to join the real deal dirty team,,,,the Packers!!

  11. Stupid Raiders Fan says: May 3, 2012 2:30 PM

    He probably just doesn’t remember.

  12. doubleogator says: May 3, 2012 2:31 PM

    If it’s not the Saints then there’s nothing wrong with it, just ask Roger…

  13. textexington says: May 3, 2012 2:31 PM

    Oh well.

  14. mrninetysixchamps says: May 3, 2012 2:32 PM

    I thought Rodgers got hit more than Warner did. Who knows??

  15. Manbearpig says: May 3, 2012 2:56 PM

    2009 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints*

  16. hawaiifunfnull says: May 3, 2012 2:59 PM

    dvdman123 says:

    May 3, 2012 2:03 PM

    Oh I’m sure the NFL will look into the Packers now………yeah right.

    * * *
    Why should the NFL look into the Packers absent actual evidence of a bounty system or other systemic rule breaking?

    Should answers to interview questions from a single player have the power to cause the NFL to initiate an investigation of an opposing team? Any player. Even retroactively?

  17. mccaskey101 says: May 3, 2012 3:01 PM

    Are you sure this wasn’t Warner’s wife who had this quote?

  18. psuravens19 says: May 3, 2012 3:01 PM

    redstar504 says:
    May 3, 2012 2:27 PM

    What I want know is how the saints go from being a model of sportsmanship in December (see broadcast of Lions game comparing the Saints style to the Lions) to the dirtiest team in the NFL in May?

    If we were so dirty where are the personal foul calls? Wait till Sept. NFL world you no evidence fools are nothing but motivation!

    ____________________________

    “We”? What position and number do you wear? I might draft you for my fantasy team

  19. robf2010 says: May 3, 2012 3:02 PM

    “Kurt Warner sure has a lot of things to whine about.”

    He’s not whining about the Saints, though.

  20. crabboil says: May 3, 2012 3:02 PM

    It doesn’t matter what the players say.. It’s all about the crybaby fans.

  21. naldoron says: May 3, 2012 3:03 PM

    Why would he be upset about the Packers — Arizona scored 51 points and I don’t the Packers touched him the whole game as I recall. In fact, netiher team played defense the whole game (excluding the very last play of the game).

  22. mrninetysixchamps says: May 3, 2012 3:06 PM

    As for targeting a players head, if that led to bounties, every team needs to be investigated. That’s a common penalty. Hope my Packers never participate in a “bounty”. I’m sure they didn’t b/c in 2007 they got busted for pay for performance regarding holding the panthers and AP under 100 yards.

  23. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: May 3, 2012 3:07 PM

    Geeze Kurt, I wonder what you would have thought about the helmet to helmet hit and blatant face mask that weren’t called on back to back plays to end the game? You had the ref’s in your pocket that game. Anyone could see that.

  24. brewcrewfan54 says: May 3, 2012 3:13 PM

    Man, who would have though Kurt Warner would have to take some hits in a football game. The nerve of those mean defensive players.

  25. vikingamericann says: May 3, 2012 3:14 PM

    If the Saints were dirty you think someone would have noticed it on the field. Seems the refs, the sports casters and the NFL play review people would have figured it without a whistle blower.

  26. footballgenius101 says: May 3, 2012 3:19 PM

    Goodell doesn’t care what happens on the field, only what gets said in the locker room – just ask the Saints

  27. judsonjr says: May 3, 2012 3:19 PM

    I remember when Cullen Jenkins was called for a blow to the head that game. I’m guessing that is one of the hits Kurt remembers.

    He was flagged for it, but it was a garbage call as he was Jenkins being tackled/twisted to the ground and accidentally hit Warner in the head as reached out while being taken down. Even during the game this was noted as a bad call. If it wasn’t for the hold he would have planted Warner cleanly.

  28. rpiotr01 says: May 3, 2012 3:25 PM

    There was no bounty with the Packers in that game. The only thing they could do to stop Warner from carving them up, up and down the field, was to knock his block off. Still didn’t work, he DESTROYED us that game, one of his best ever.

  29. ruvelligwebuike says: May 3, 2012 3:31 PM

  30. glac1 says: May 3, 2012 3:33 PM

    Good one! Look at the score. Neither team hit anyone or played defense that day. It was a pathetic defensive showing by both teams.

  31. stairwayto7 says: May 3, 2012 3:35 PM

    I still remember Rodgers fumbling the ball and kicking it into Dasby’s hands!!

  32. ruvelligwebuike says: May 3, 2012 3:35 PM

    “I remember when Cullen Jenkins was called for a blow to the head that game. I’m guessing that is one of the hits Kurt remembers.

    He was flagged for it, but it was a garbage call as he was Jenkins being tackled/twisted to the ground and accidentally hit Warner in the head as reached out while being taken down. Even during the game this was noted as a bad call. If it wasn’t for the hold he would have planted Warner cleanly.”
    ———————–

    And by blow to the head, you mean his pinky grazed his helmet. Most poorly officiated game in NFL history. Led directly to an Arizona TD.

  33. mrninetysixchamps says: May 3, 2012 3:38 PM

    The Roman Harper hit on Steve Smith comes to my mind

  34. neovenator250 says: May 3, 2012 3:38 PM

    Of course, ESPN won’t be saying anything about this. They and fans of other teams are too busy trying tell everyone that the Saints are evil, baby-murdering hellspawn.

  35. artvan15 says: May 3, 2012 3:48 PM

    Stop bad mouthing America’s Team Warner!!!

  36. dukemarc says: May 3, 2012 3:59 PM

    Now, now – I’d like to hear from man of the Warner family.

    Brenda, what do you think about this?

  37. nflsecurity862 says: May 3, 2012 4:00 PM

    I can’t help but laugh at all the whining and “pity us” comments coming from the Saints fans.

  38. ilovefoolsball says: May 3, 2012 4:07 PM

    Manbearpig says:
    May 3, 2012 2:56 PM
    2009 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints*

    _______
    you’re the only one who keeps repeating the same thing over and over again like you’re an institutionalized person.
    Are you the same person who keeps saying Drew Brees needs an explanation because your vocabulary is so limited?
    Just because you keep saying it over and over again and put an asterisk by it, doesn’t make it true, if that were the case I could say:
    Minnesota Vikings have a Lombardi Trophy*

  39. klunge says: May 3, 2012 4:08 PM

    The Packers do that dirty stuff for free, they don’t need to be bribed into doing it. Just symantics of course, but that’s why no investigation will be forthcoming.

  40. detroitcityryda says: May 3, 2012 4:10 PM

    packets are dirty organization and always will be their fan bases are nothing then a bunch of hilly billy cheese making farmers

  41. mdd913 says: May 3, 2012 4:12 PM

    hawaiifunfnull says: May 3, 2012 2:59 PM

    Why should the NFL look into the Packers absent actual evidence of a bounty system or other systemic rule breaking?

    —————————————————————-

    *shrug* They did it to the Saints, didn’t they?

  42. mdd913 says: May 3, 2012 4:14 PM

    mrninetysixchamps says: May 3, 2012 3:38 PM

    The Roman Harper hit on Steve Smith comes to my mind

    —————————————————————
    For all the griping about that hit, I wish Harper had got in a real shot on him. Done some real permanent damage. Maybe, I don’t know, slugged him in the face and broke his jaw.

  43. skolvikings2011 says: May 3, 2012 4:26 PM

    For a guy that’s played 10+ seasons, won a couple MVPs, a Super Bowl and has an all-around reputation of integrity and honesty, he would not have any reason to lie about this. Warner, as well as most veterans, know cheap-shots and illegal hits when they get them. If he says they were cheap, I believe him.

    It’s not like he has anything to gain by complaining about the Packers. Its not like Rams-Packers or Cards-Packers are natural rivals, so there wouldn’t be any personal reasons for saying it.

    Not to mention, Cards won that game anyways…

  44. skolvikings2011 says: May 3, 2012 4:27 PM

    artvan15 says:
    May 3, 2012 3:48 PM
    Stop bad mouthing America’s Team Warner!!!

    ___________________________________

    Pretty sure he didn’t mention the Cowboys in that post.

  45. ilovefoolsball says: May 3, 2012 4:42 PM

    skolvikings2011 says:
    May 3, 2012 4:27 PM
    artvan15 says:
    May 3, 2012 3:48 PM
    Stop bad mouthing America’s Team Warner!!!

    ___________________________________

    Pretty sure he didn’t mention the Cowboys in that post.
    ________
    The Cowboys aren’t “America’s team”, they’re ‘The American media’s team”

  46. ian1362 says: May 3, 2012 4:44 PM

    Warner must be having CTE issues himself, the Packers only hit him a grand total of three times in that game.

  47. ruvelligwebuike says: May 3, 2012 4:48 PM

    “packets are dirty organization and always will be their fan bases are nothing then a bunch of hilly billy cheese making farmers”
    ———————

    I see you’re obviously from inner city Detroit. I’ll try to dumb my comeback down:

    packets better then loins loins not ever won super bowl packets won 4 times detriot are nothing then a bunch of welfare street crimers.

  48. pongonfl says: May 3, 2012 4:49 PM

    “Kurt Warner cannot remember any of the hits to the head that Saints gave him in 2009″
    there fixed it for you

  49. kidpresentable says: May 3, 2012 4:53 PM

    “I still remember Rodgers fumbling the ball and kicking it into Dasby’s hands!!”

    If he doesn’t kick it, we have the “Tuck Rule.” If the facemask gets called, it’s 1st and 10 on the 39. Neither happened. Oh well, no use whining about it. They won the Super Bowl the next year.

  50. theghostoflombardi says: May 3, 2012 5:22 PM

    There are dirty hits every game. One only has to watch a quarter of the game in question to see that the Cardinals were getting some dirty hits in on Rodgers as well.

    The point that Saints fans don’t seem to get is that there’s a huge difference between a player or two deciding to go for a dirty hit and an entire organization (coaches and players) paying each other to specifically injure players from the opposing team.

    The former gets penalized in-game as an in-game foul. The latter is now being penalized outside of the game as an illegal program that operated outside of any particular game or play.

  51. bordner says: May 3, 2012 5:26 PM

    nflsecurity862 says:
    May 3, 2012 4:00 PM
    I can’t help but laugh at all the whining and “pity us” comments coming from the Saints fans.
    ————————
    Agreed! This must really piss off the Steeler fans, who for years have been telling us that the NFL is unfair and totally out to get them and them alone. Now they’ve had to make room for the Saints fans in their pity party.

  52. therealtrenches says: May 3, 2012 6:14 PM

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fan base with a greater persecution complex than the Saints’ fan base.

  53. contra74 says: May 3, 2012 6:18 PM

    ilovefoolsball says:May 3, 2012 4:42 PM

    skolvikings2011 says:
    May 3, 2012 4:27 PM
    artvan15 says:
    May 3, 2012 3:48 PM
    Stop bad mouthing America’s Team Warner!!!

    ___________________________________

    Pretty sure he didn’t mention the Cowboys in that post.
    ________
    The Cowboys aren’t “America’s team”, they’re ‘The American media’s team”
    ——————
    No, im pretty sure the Cowboys are America’s Team and have been for years. Nice try.

  54. mjkelly77 says: May 3, 2012 7:11 PM

    The Packers are sneaky cheats. Evan Dietrich-Smith is just one of many weasel hypocrites on that team. Hopefully Suh learned a lesson about composure from these cheating bums.

  55. lambeauandlombardi says: May 3, 2012 7:36 PM

    stairwayto7 says:
    May 3, 2012 3:35 PM

    I still remember Rodgers fumbling the ball and kicking it into Dasby’s hands!!

    And I still remember the Packer beat down on the Steelers the following year.

    Warner or his wife must still be bitter about being cut by the Packers.

  56. bordner says: May 3, 2012 7:43 PM

    contra74 says:
    May 3, 2012 6:18 PM
    ilovefoolsball says:May 3, 2012 4:42 PM

    skolvikings2011 says:
    May 3, 2012 4:27 PM
    artvan15 says:
    May 3, 2012 3:48 PM
    Stop bad mouthing America’s Team Warner!!!

    ___________________________________

    Pretty sure he didn’t mention the Cowboys in that post.
    ________
    The Cowboys aren’t “America’s team”, they’re ‘The American media’s team”
    ——————
    No, im pretty sure the Cowboys are America’s Team and have been for years. Nice try.
    ———-
    The Minnesota vikings – “LA’s team”

  57. outlawshark says: May 3, 2012 8:26 PM

    Just when I couldn’t think less of Warner, he gives me reason to. Really Kurt? Did you watch that game? Two blantant headshots to Rodgers’ head in OT that helps you win the game, yet Rodgers manages to retain the class you do not by keeping his piehole shut. Winning a horribly officiated game isn’t enough for you? Jackwipe.

    I’m thinking the Packers sending you to sacking groceries is the reason.

  58. theodorethompson says: May 3, 2012 8:29 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    May 3, 2012 2:30 PM
    Anthony Hargrove jumped ship to join the real deal dirty team,,,,the Packers!!

    ______________________________

    Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap! Now all Hargrove needs is #28, #7 , #12 written on a towel when they play the Vikings ala Charles Martin!

  59. outlawshark says: May 3, 2012 8:43 PM

    Didn’t the Williams sisters get caught cheating?

  60. rcpj22 says: May 3, 2012 8:59 PM

    Funny I don’t remember seeing the Packers get as much as a finger nail on Kurt as I watched that game from the 40 yard line…yeah, they were all over him as he shredded them by throwing more TD’s that game than incompletions!

  61. billh1947 says: May 3, 2012 8:59 PM

    He is still mad at the Packers for not keeping him and letting him go when he started his NFL career,he should be more grateful to them.

  62. thejuddstir says: May 3, 2012 9:38 PM

    I think K. Warner is trying a little too hard to keep his name in the media. He thinks football is too violent, he doesn’t want his kids playing football, he has to voice an opinion that is different on Taints/packers which will of course make “headlines”. Warner doesn’t want the public to forget him.

  63. minnysoda says: May 3, 2012 10:52 PM

    skolvikings2011 says:
    May 3, 2012 4:26 PM
    For a guy that’s played 10+ seasons, won a couple MVPs, a Super Bowl and has an all-around reputation of integrity and honesty, he would not have any reason to lie about this. Warner, as well as most veterans, know cheap-shots and illegal hits when they get them. If he says they were cheap, I believe him.

    It’s not like he has anything to gain by complaining about the Packers. Its not like Rams-Packers or Cards-Packers are natural rivals, so there wouldn’t be any personal reasons for saying it.

    Not to mention, Cards won that game anyways…

    No the big baby is still upset about being in the Packers camp. Instead of going in to run some plays in training camp he refused because he felt he didn’t have a chance. Didn’t even try what an a$$ With Favre, Brunell, and Detmer in camp. Now give back the pants to the real man in your family, your wife, and shut up

  64. longtymefan says: May 4, 2012 1:46 AM

    lambeauandlombardi says: May 3, 2012 7:36 PM

    stairwayto7 says:
    May 3, 2012 3:35 PM

    Warner or his wife must still be bitter about being cut by the Packers.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Why bitter? If he wasnt cut, he doesnt go to the Rams, and doesnt win a SB, or MVP

  65. redstar504 says: May 4, 2012 4:12 AM

    PSURavens19:
    “We”? What position and number do you wear? I might draft you for my fantasy team
    ———

  66. axespray says: May 4, 2012 4:25 AM

    man…. how is it our 2009 defense no shows, but our doofus 2011 defense can shut out the giants for the entire 3rd quarter.

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