Carson Palmer is not just returning to the NFL but also to his native state of California. If only that was where the familiarity stops but wait there’s more. The Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson, who has credited himself with making this blockbuster deadline deal, has known Carson for a long time. Jackson recruited a young Carson Palmer to the University of Southern California. Hue Jackson coached Carson in college.
The Cincinnati Bengals made Palmer the first overall selection in the 2003 NFL draft after a successful collegiate career in which he won the Heisman Trophy in 2002 as the Nations Top Player. From 2004-2006 Hue Jackson coached the receivers in Cincinnati whilst Carson enjoyed some of his best years as a pro and was awarded with two-pro bowl appearances. Between 2005 and 2006 Carson threw for almost 8,000 yards and 60 touchdowns. He was intercepted a measly 25 times.
Every year that Carson has started all 16 games, every year except for 2, he’s thrown for at least 21 touchdowns and had a QB rating of 82.4 or higher. He’s also completed over 60% of his passes in each of those years.
So what does it all mean? Well Oakland fans should be excited! For the first time, since Rich Gannon lead them to a Super Bowl, they have a REAL quarterback. Carson Palmer is a huge asset to any team who struggles at the QB position in a QB driven league. The quarterback is the only player who touches the ball on every play. They literally have a bigger impact on the game than any other player.
The Raiders giving up two high picks for Palmer isn’t as big a deal as everyone would have you believe. First of all, with Palmer there the pick won’t be as high as say when they chose Darious Heyward-Bay. Not only that this team has a great running back in Darren McFadden, a strong O-Line and a relentless defence. Unfortunately they don’t have time to develop a quarterback. The time is now.
It’s up to you, what’s your angle?