Apr. 2, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians (left) with quarterback quarterback Carson Palmer during a press conference to announce his signing with the team at the Cardinals practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals: Bruce Arians Praises Carson Palmer

Carson Palmer is 33 years old, but he’s still a good quarterback. Just ask head coach Bruce Arians.

According to NFL.com, Arians praised Palmer and his deep-ball skills. Arians said, “I think the biggest thing is just his 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.”

Palmer has deep threats in Larry Fitzgerald, Ryan Swope and Andre Roberts, which he didn’t have in 2012 with the Oakland Raiders. Despite a depleted receiving corps, Palmer managed to post the 16th-best passer rating in the league. Palmer and Fitzgerald are now in Arizona together, and things are going very well with the two and the team.

Swope and Roberts will be able to get open with their speed, and Fitzgerald can bail Palmer out for taking chances. Palmer was intercepted 14 times in 2012, but with a great receiver in Fitzgerald, Palmer’s touchdown total should skyrocket (from 22 in 2012), and his interceptions should decrease.

Chemistry hasn’t been a problem for Palmer and the revamped Cardinals, and talent hasn’t been a problem either. Palmer is talented and has talent around him, and he has the potential to take the Cardinals far. Arians has always preached spreading the field, and Palmer has the arm strength and the weapons to be successful in Arizona under Arians. Expect Arizona’s offense to be a lot better than it was in 2012, and expect Palmer to thrive in the desert.

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  • Bill Doerr

    Palmer will be a very good Quarterback for the Cardinals. It’s perfect for both parties, Carson Palmer has desperately wanted to be on a winning team, a team that can contend, and the Cardinals have been a team ready to contend , they just need a good QB. The Arizona Cardinals have totally rebuilt their coaching staff. Got rid of the worse Asst HC/OL Russ grimm, worse the league has seen & the worse GM in football Rod Graves. There is a reason these two are still unemployed. The Cardinals have one of the best HC in the league now , a GM that is proving to be one of the best, and OL line coach that is top tier , and just the OL coach.

    Arizona Has Improved their two weak spots on offense dramatically. They have Palmer as a starting QB in a off season where it looked like they would be screwed. No draftable QBs and None in free agency. This Offense is Built for a QB like Palmer. Palmer will also the most talented groups of WRs he has ever had, and the best WRs in the NFC West. For a QB that puts up playoff caliber stats every year he plays, Carrer stats better than E. Mannings and A. Smiths, That’s big, really big. Palmer , Fitzgerald, Floyd, Roberts and Swope should have a Big season. At Backup , they have a better second string QB than any other team in the NFC west. Their backup has a advantage the rest don’t , he knows Bruce Arians offense very well, BA said he hasn’t seen any QB in years of coachin improve as much as Stanton in one season. Stanton is a Big Armed QB that can make all the throws , Knows the offense, and BA trusts him enough to run it good enough to win. Our QB situation is improved on every level from Skelton,Kolb and Lindley.

    The OL will be very good this year as well. Both Nate Potter and Bobby Massie got a lot better as the season went on. In the second half, the OL only gave up 19 sacks for a 6.0% sack rate good enough to rank 13th in the NFL. The weak spot was the interior , especially Synder . Bobby Massie gave up Zero sacks in weeks 9-17 , he is rated a top 3 NFL OT. He is young and will only be better this season. The Cardinals had 4 outta starters out. Having them back is Big. Levi Brown will be back at LT, he is a Monster in Run Blocking and Above Average is Pass Protection. Having 7th overall pick next to him at LG helps him a lot, Cooper is a stud , He is Projected to be Elite in Pass Protection and Run Blocking. Sendlein is Average at Center, and Darren College is starting at RG until 4th round draft pick Earl Watford is ready. Having a strong RT will help College perform better at RG. If they sign Max Starks @LT Levi Brown moves to RG and the Line is Elite. Carson Palmer reads defenses as good as any elite QB, he rated 6th in the league in sacks per drop back in 2012 behind a Oakland line that isn’t good, he made them look good getting rid of the ball fast and reading Ds well. If they Don’t sign starks, Arizona comes into Year with a good line , with good back-up depth, and Palmer makes a good OL look like a Elite Line. I hope they sign Starks because it only makes us better.

    The Cardinals also have a deep depth of top talent RBs this year. Rashard Mendenhall didn’t play the first 10 games last year, rehabbing his ACL tear. When he came back he had Achilles issues and didn’t see eye to eye with the HC, so he was Benched. He passed his Physical, and he is back 100% healthy. That’s good , he is a Excellent pass blocking back who was on his way to his 3rd 1000+ yard season before being injured. Healthy, he will have another great Year with great run blockers on the OL. Ryan Williams is a highly talented RB thought to be capable of big things in the NFL. Last Years shoulder injury is said to be a blessing in disguise, giving him a extra year to rehab his knee. He is back 100% and should have a big year , he has to , his career depends on it. For insurance they went and got two more starting caliber QBs, the 5th and 7th rated RBs coming into the draft. Stephan Taylor and Andre Ellington are both highly talented guys , both set multiple school and conference records, and both are ready to start, I think Taylor will over take Williams in camp. Taylor set Stanford’s records in Rushing Yards over 4300, 3 1,000+ yard seasons, YPC record 5.1 , and the TDs record of over 40. The Cardinals will easily be moving the Pig skin for over 100 ypg easy between the #1 and #2 RBs. With the running game, the group of WRs, and Palmer running offense that was made for him, the cardinals are set for a winning season.

    • Baily Deeter

      Great comment. Keim killed it this offseason. Expect Arians and the offense to be ready to go, and expect the Cardinals to win at least seven games. Thanks for the comments!