Carson Palmer Fallout

A week 6 broken collar bone has sidelined Raiders starting quarterback Jason Campbell for the immediate future. The Raiders quickly pulled the trigger to acquire defunct Bengals holdout Carson Palmer. Palmer's impact may certainly affect the final standings of the AFC West.


History:

At USC, Carson Palmer was awarded the 2002 Heisman trophy and was quickly drafted with first pick in the 2003 NFL draft.

Bengals win/loss totals with Carson Palmer under center (2003-2010) via wikipedia:

2003
NFL
W
L
880

2004
NFL


880

2005
NFL


1150Lost Wild Card Playoffs
2006
NFL


880Injured (ACL)
2007
NFL


790

2008
NFL


4111 ♦

2009
NFL


1060Lost Wild Card Playoffs

2010
NFL


4120



Minus the 2006 season where Palmer tore his ACL and missed the season, his overall record stands at 52-59.

Prior to this year, Palmer was widely considered the leader of this team. During HBO's filming of "Hardknocks" in 2009, head coach Marvin Lewis described Carson Palmer as "The most important player to our team's success" Unfortunately a compilation of losing seasons and tussles with management have lead to Palmer's holdout and recent departure to Oakland.

Palmer's Strengths:

Considered the most talented of a long list of recent Raider Quarterbacks such as Andrew Walter, Marques Tuiasosopo, Jason Campbell, Bruce Gradkowski, and the heralded Jamarcus Russell.
Solid arm strength, decision making abilities and his most important asset, his accuracy.
His USC Heisman pedigree, is one that is hard to argue with; it has contributed to his leadership qualities, which prior to this years holdout were considered elite.

Palmer's Weaknesses:

31 Years old, and coming cold "off the bench," his NFL readiness has to be in question. Will he be any better than Jason Campbell? The Raiders are throwing a lot of marbles into one basket. His last year, Palmer finished 4-12 and literally quit on his team. It should be interesting to see how this affects the raiders locker room. The farthest Palmer has ever been in the playoffs, is the first round.

Outlook:
In an attempt to win now the Raiders have mortgaged their future by exchanging potentially two first rounders for Palmer. With a team that lacks other pieces on defense as well as at receiver, it doesn't make sense to give up so much for a veteran QB. Remember Brandon Lloyd was traded for a 6th rounder, was Carson Palmer worth the steep price? Some would argue that Jason Campbell is the greater asset of the two when healthy. Although he does provide stability, stability doesn't guarantee the promise land, especially coming into a new system. Some Charger's fans might be worried about this addition, but this match up, with or without Palmer favors the Chargers. As a Charger fan I think you have to be excited about the price the Raiders paid, and hope you can hold the Raiders off to win the division this year.

What are your thoughts on the Palmer trade? How does this change the outlook of the AFC West?


October 19, 2011

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