In a recent sit down with ESPN’s Merril Hoge, Bruce Arians was asked why Carson Palmer would succeed in Arizona.
“I think the biggest thing is just his (Palmer) experience level, He’s tough as nails. As good a deep-ball thrower as I’ve ever seen. I mean really accurate on the deep ball. He still has it. What he did last year with the Raiders, in a crazy situation, I thought was very, very impressive.”
Bruce Arians is heading into his first year as the Head Coach of the Arizona Cardinals and made the switch from the quartet of Quarterbacks who had NO success in 2012, with the exception of Kolb and his 4-2 start, to the much maligned Carson Palmer. As a Cardinal fan I look past what many Raider fans say, that he was horrible, despite his 22 TD’s and 4018 yard season.
The biggest factor for Palmer to succeed won’t be the receiving unit which he lacked last year, or the running game which was non-existent, but for the Offensive line. The Cardinals gave up 58 sacks last year, 27 over a three game span. Palmer was sacked frequently in Oakland, but far less than 58. The Cardinals upgraded their O-Line in the draft, selecting OG Jonathan Cooper to replace Adam Snyder. LT Levi Brown is returning from a torn triceps injury suffered in the preseason last year, and the Cardinals are targeting Steelers OT, Max Starks, to come in and be a security blanket if Brown is unable to go. Bobby Massie looks ready to go after allowing a plethora of sacks early in the season, only to allow none over the final eight games of the season.
Will Palmer succeed? We’ll find out in a few months, but he is lined up for success.