Thursday, September 30, 2004

Defense Must Get After Warner

by Dave Lawrence,

When the New York Giants come to Wisconsin Sunday to meet the Packers, they will be led by a familiar face - familiar at least to Brett Favre, and anyone else that was in camp with the Pack back in 1994.

Quarterback Kurt Warner, whose tenure as a Packer pre-dates his now-famous story of traveling from the Arena Football League, to NFL Europe, to superstardom with the St. Louis Rams, will be under center for the Giants.

The two-time league MVP, who also picked up a Super Bowl ring with the Rams, first broke into the NFL as an undrafted free agent when he signed with the Packers out of the University of Northern Iowa in 1994.

Coming off of two difficult seasons in St. Louis, the signal-caller looks to have regained some of his old form as he's directed the Giants to a 2-1 record thus far in the young season.

Linebacker Nick Barnett is not buying into the reports that Warner isn't the same player he used once was, and is prepared to face the quarterback that lit up the league from 1999 to 2001...

Defensive end Aaron Kampman, who grew up and went to college in Iowa, is very familiar with the story of the man he will be trying to harass all afternoon Sunday...

The lineman did go on to say that the defense will try to exploit some of the knocks that have dogged Warner over the past few years, such his lack of mobility and the fact that he sometimes will stand in the pocket for a long time searching for open receivers.

Barnett expects that the pressure defense employed by coordinator Bob Slowik will be in full effect Sunday, and he knows that they must be more successful in reaching their target in the backfield than in their two recent losses...

Go Packers!

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