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Palmer starting? Call me skeptical

Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:12 am
Edited on: October 20, 2011 11:13 am
I'm sorry, I don't believe the Oakland Raiders will start Carson Palmer this weekend. Not yet, anyway.

First of all, it makes no sense. Second, just because someone with the Raiders said Palmer starts, that means it's true? I don't know, I was always predisposed to being ... let's say ... skeptical when the Raiders addressed anything dealing with competitive issues.

Meaning? Meaning I'm not convinced we see Palmer on Sunday.

It just seems as if starting a quarterback who hasn't played in over nine months, has no history with your team or his teammates and isn't in football shape isn't such a smart idea. Yeah, I know, he can hand the ball off 30 or more times to Darren McFadden and Michael Bush, then just step out of the way. But at some point he's going to have to throw, right? It just seems as if the Raiders are taking an unnecessary risk.

Which is why I'm not so sure this happens. I know what offensive coordinator Al Saunders said. But I also know NFL coaches and teams like to play games with opponents, keeping them guessing as to whom or what they're about to face. I just wonder why Saunders -- who works with the Raiders, remember -- would be so candid about his starting quarterback on a Kansas City radio station.

Oakland plays the Chiefs. Saunders used to work for the Chiefs. The Chiefs and Raiders have a long-time hatred for each other. And the Chiefs aren't sure whom they're facing, though they said they believe it's Palmer.

Well, if it is, good luck, Oakland. I hope you know what you're doing. You have a bye after this weekend, a perfect spot for coaches and Palmer to play catch up. Then it's Denver, which is a good way to introduce yourself to your team, followed by San Diego. It sounds like such a natural progression I can't imagine the Raiders wouldn't follow it.

I don't know that they won't.

Category: NFL

Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:04 pm

Palmer starting? Call me skeptical

I would be surprised if Carson Palmer actually did start.  My sister could start at quarterback for the Raiders and still beat the Chiefs by handing the ball off all game to Darren McFadden and Michael Bush.  Why would they throw Palmer into the fire, when they have Kyle Boller who, at the very least, should know the playbook?  The Raiders should take advantage of the bye week and ease Palmer in against Denver...At least let the man stretch before playing.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:58 am

Palmer starting? Call me skeptical

I totally disagree.  Without Palmer, Boller would start and to be honest, he sucks.  As a backup who holds a clipboard, he is good, but as your starter to win a game you need to keep your playoff hopes alive, no way, never.  Palmer is a good to great QB.  He does know the terms of the system one would figure since he has a history with Hue, who as a Chiefs fan, I love since he really loves the game and makes the Raiders more competitive.  Palmer will get the ball out quick which Boller sucks at.  In fact, I do not understand why Boller still has an NFL job at all.  Palmer will control the game, sure, because he might be rusty, but for the Raiders, this is a winable game with Palmer, they lose with Boller.

Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:43 am

Palmer starting? Call me skeptical

They play Kansas City for goodness sake. That is like playing a division II team for palmer, start him.

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