Will the Cardinals be cursed in 2009?

(Al Bello/Getty Images)

(Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in what was an excitement-filled and memorable Super Bowl XLIII.

Now that the smoke has cleared and the champion has been decided, are the Cardinals destined to be cursed in 2009? In my look at the fate of some of the recent Super Bowl losers, it’s pretty evident that more than a few players from those teams have seen a noted decrease in statistical success.

Of course, you won’t need a curse to hurt the Cardinals if Kurt Warner decides to retire.

The veteran quarterback is undecided about his future after the loss to Pittsburgh.

“I don’t know if I’m going to play next year. … I haven’t thought about that,” Warner told The Arizona Republic. “I’m going to enjoy what we accomplished as a football team. I’m going to enjoy this great game we just played in, and I’m going to take some time away from the game and make that decision.”

In the event that Warner does call it quits, the fantasy value of even the Cardinals’ top players — a list that includes WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin — would see some sort of decrease. A Warner-less team in the desert also would make RB Edgerrin James, RB Tim Hightower and WR Steve Breaston less attractive options.

Sure, it would make Matt Leinart more attractive in drafts, but he’d be hard pressed to establish himself as an elite QB. Don’t forget, Warner is coming off 2008 totals of 4,583 passing yards and 30 TDs.

For fantasy purposes, let’s all hope that Warner returns for another shot at a championship.

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