Kurt Warner on MFB: 'We should give [Patriots] the benefit of the doubt'

January 28, 2015 - 7:34 am
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[caption id="attachment_87880" align="alignright" width="150"]Kurt WarnerKurt Warner[/caption] Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner checked in with Middays with MFB from Phoenix to talk about Deflategate and his feelings about the team that knocked off his heavily favored Rams in the Super Bowl in 2002. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. Warner said he has not made up his mind about Tom Brady's role in Deflategate. "Of course I want to believe Tom. Tom's a friend of mine. You have to err on the side of believing the guy," Warner said. "The problem is not just Tom or coach [Bill] Belichick, is that you just wonder what happened? How does something like that happen? And I think the worst part of the whole thing is just the history they have, and the fact that you know Spygate happened, and so it automatically creates a little bit of doubt in your mind and there probably shouldn't be. We should give them the benefit of the doubt in every situation. But I think too often because of what happened before, you step back and you go, 'Well, could it be something else?' " While former Rams running back Marshall Faulk has made it clear he feels cheated by the Patriots, Warner has not come to the same conclusion. "You fight that urge to go there," Warner said. "Because I know on that Sunday evening they outplayed us. And so that's where you want to leave it. It's the history of the game, it's the Super Bowl, they beat us. The only thing that I say is because of Spygate it just leaves an inkling of doubt to go: Did it help them? Did that help them at any point in time? Did it help them in that game? And I don't want to go there, because I'm not a bitter guy and I don't look at that and say they beat us because of that. "I just think that whole cloud just leaves a doubt there that I believe is unfair on both sides. It's unfair for the Patriots if there was no advantage. It's unfair for the teams that they played against and players they played against if there was some sort of advantage no matter how small. That to me is the only bad part about it, because I don't want to believe anything influenced anything, that history was dictated by the best players playing the best at the right time." Looking at Sunday's game, Warner said the Patriots will need to stop Seattle's running game while finding a way to get yards against the league's scariest defense. "When you talk about the Patriots, they're going to come up with a great scheme, because they're a scheme-oriented defense," Warner said. "But I think the key is you've got to stop Marshawn Lynch. You've got to find a way to neutralize him and make the rest of that team beat you. "On the other side of it, the Patriots offense again is multiple, but the Seattle defense doesn't do much. You know what they're going to do, you know where they're going to be. They're just really good at what they do. So can you kind of crack that code to be able to attack these guys? Or can you be patient enough, or can you block them long enough to attack them on the second level? That, to me, will be the key. Because you can't beat this team throwing dink and dunks. They're going to come up and hit you and they're going to stop you. They'll make a play on the deep ball. So you've got to find ways to get chunk plays. Not easy, but that's going to be the key for the Patriots." For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.