Who are these haters your talking about and why are you concerned about them? I could care less what some media clown thinks of our QB. I don't know what CP is going to do in 2012 but I'm sure he will do a lot better than last season being that he will have more practice time than last year. Time will tell.
Disclaimer: Any of my comments posted here are not directed at any RFN members. It's just my opinion.
16 picks is a lot but about half of that would be coming from receivers running bad routes
So to recap he had almost no chance at success last year with the situation and still played great at times. In 10 he had a very solid individual season, in 09 he went to the playoffs, 08 he was injured. What exactly has he done to look so awful?
He went to the playoffs 2 years ago, AFTER the injury. He threw for 4000 yards in a season AFTER the injury. We haven't been to the playoffs in 10 years, we don't have a lot to complain about with Palmer.
One huge positive for the Raiders going into this season is their overall QB position (1-3) is much improved. Not only do they have a better starting QB but actually have viable backups "if / when" Palmer goes down. The key for Carson Palmer is to limit the turnovers (INTs / fumbles) and trust in the defense to actually make a few stops - i.e., not feel that he has to win the game in shoot out each / every Sunday. The Raiders should be explosive offensively and if they get anything from the defense then they should at least be competitive with a decent shot at winning their division.
Personally, I look forward to a new era in Raider football!
Palmer is not really a worry for me this year.
With 5 solid WRs, up and coming at TE in Auberry 4 bbacks who can catch (mcfadden, jones, goodson and Reece) and a solid Oline I think he will produce.
My big worries are
1. Stopping the run forget Palmer who would have had the best stastical year for a raiders qb last year sicne gannon in 2002. We have sucked against the run since 2003 this needs to change.
2. Mcfadden staying healthy 12 to 14 games would be nice.
3. LB position, Mcclain is no star but he is at least stable and average to above average Goethel, Wheeler and Curry dont inspire a lot of confidence in me.
4. CB - two vets coming off injuries and a bunch of inexperienced youngsters.
"Darth Vader is a punk compared to Al Davis," Hunter S Thompson
Lol at the notion of a qb being "done" at age 32... He wasn't exactly top 5 last year but given the circumstances it's tough to blame him. The key for me was seeing his arm strength was back to 05 form and he even showed some mobility and throw-on-the-run ability. The physical tools were clearly there. With a full offseason and familiarity, he should blossom. He's got another 6 years of starting caliber play
I believe Palmer will be pretty good. I also believe that there will be head-slapping moments that prove frustrating to watch. My expectation is that he will be somewhere in the middle between his elite seasons and his mistake-filled seasons..... the middle ground is so boring to talk about but it's usually where you end up.
That will be good enough from the QB position, but not good enough to carry the team to 11 wins. The rest of it depends largely upon the health of Dmac and the performance of the defense.
Palmer is what he is, an above average QB who was wracked with injuries. The question is how much is left in the tank. At two years younger then say Brady there is probably a 2-4 year window for Carson. Yes he's younger then a Brady but has taken a lot more punishment.
I also don't buy the idea that QBs last longer then previous eras. They take a crap load more pounding then their predicessors when they do get hit. Of course the flip is in the70s there were practically no rules to protect the QB, so maybe it's a wash.
None-the-less 34-35 is the time when a QBs skills start to diminish. Carson isn't there yet in terms of age related decline but injuries are a concern.
He's here to buy us time and unlike the past we might actually start to develop a QB, maybe it's Pryor, maybe it's not.
I agree that Palmer will have his best year statistically this year.
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