Arizona Cardinals: Comparing Carson Palmer to Kurt Warner

May 14, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) drops back to pass during organized team activities at the Cardinals Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

As I was thinking about my next article I could not help but continue to compare Carson Palmer to Kurt Warner.  Most Cardinals fans obviously hope and dream Palmer could somehow replicate what Warner did during the Super Bowl run in 2008.

Fans hope that he will be the next franchise quarterback, even if it is just for a short period in time, just like Warner was.  I think the Cardinals will take what they can get.  As a Cardinals fan, there have not been very many glorious years, so it is extremely easy to gravitate to that glorious period of time.

Palmer and Warner are similar in a lot of ways, as both gained experience and made it to the playoffs before playing with the Cardinals. But let’s ignore the stats for this article. Let’s ignore the fact that Palmer and Warner both posted passer ratings in the high 80s the season before they joined the Cardinals. Let’s ignore the similarities in their stats.

Here, we have a different kind of similarity.

As I sat deep in thought, the number three continued to come up. No, I’m not practicing my three-point shot in basketball or thinking about the baseball season (three strikes and you’re out) with a bit of a chuckle.

Seriously, what I continued to think about was the number three.  The number three continued to come up seemingly every time I thought about the Palmer/Warner comparison, but I could not put a finger on why or what it was.   And then suddenly it occurred to me as I look at pictures of both Palmer and Warner.

First, both Palmer and Warner joined the Cardinals at the ripe old age of 33. In addition, the two both joined their third NFL franchise when they signed with the Cardinals. Third, the two both have a three on their respective jerseys (Palmer is # 3 and Warner was # 13).  To make matters even more curious, there are three different reasons why Palmer and Warner are similar to each other.  Once again, they are both 33, two, this is their third NFL franchise and third they both have a three on their jersey.  What does all this mean?  I am really not sure if it means anything but what an incredible and unusual fact, if you ask me.

However, after this fact-finding fun that I came up with, I really do not know what all this entirely means.  In fact it probably does not mean anything in the grand scheme of things.  But it does give us Cardinal fans something fun to think about as well as something else to hope for, while we anxiously wait for the season to start.

Fans are superstitious, and it’s always fun to come up with similarities like this. While it may not matter, it’s a fun way of showing how Palmer can lead the Cardinals to the success Warner did. With the talent he has around him, it’s definitely possible.

Perhaps the Palmer era will actually be glorious as it was during the Warner era.   After all, who knows, maybe the Cardinals can win three playoff games as they did in 2008.  Maybe the lucky number is the number three.  Maybe the number three under center or at the helm will bring the team to another Super Bowl.

Topics: Arizona Cardinals, Carson Palmer, Kurt Warner

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  • Pridenpoise

    Geez, were you bored and couldn’t think about anything to write about?

  • Guest

    Lol…..I just hope it’s not our “3rd” season at 5-11!

  • papu37165

    Lol….I just hope 201″3″ isn’t our “3rd” season at 5-11!

    • Baily Deeter

      Haha! Doubt it, but Vegas thinks so.

  • BrentonJ

    Nice papu37165, Spoken like a true Cardinal fan. lol. Perhaps we should all wear our rally caps.

  • BrentonJ

    Ha-ha easy Brian. No I wasn’t bored, but I can see that you were. just thought it was an interesting fun fact about the number three.

  • hedshel01

    Maybe Palmer can go to 3 Super Bowls like Warner did….I won’t be holding my breath on this, but one can dream!

  • Bill Doerr

    I’m not sure about contending in the super bowl this year. Contending in this Division, is not a dream this year though it is a reality. The Arizona Cardinals fixed all 3 issue’s that kept them from winning last year. OL will be good, they have as QB room as n e team in the NFL between palmer n Stanton, and they have a whole stable of talented RBs.

    With this very talented offense, having a Top NFL QB like Carson Palmer helps their chance’s of contending in the Division greatly. I am not sure if they will win the Division but neither is anybody, I do believe they have a great chance at winning a WC spot, especially if 3 teams from the NFC west make the playoff’s as it is predicted could happen. The Fact about Carson Palmer is that he is better than a lot of QBs in this league including Eli Manning.

    A lot of top QBs have bad years throwing picks. Yea Palmer through 20 pick’s in 2010, if you actually watched the game a lot of those were on the receiver’s. Eli Manning through 20 picks in 07 and 25 in 2010, he through 16 picks in his super bowl winning 9-7 season year. He throwing more picks than Palmer almost every single season he has played. Carson Palmer doesn’t have super bowl rings like Eli Manning but he has never been on as good of teams Eli has been on , and Carson Palmer has better Career stat’s than Eli Manning, in a lot passing attempts He has a higher completion percentage ,Well higher, less INTs , more Yards per throw, and a Higher TD rate for the amount of passes he has thrown. In fact he throw more picks last year as well, 15, and only 3 more TDs with MUCH better receiver’s in 2012. I would bet green money in the offensive playbook Palmer is running with the talent he has at WR all around him, He easily throw’s over 4,400 yards this year, over 25TDs easily, maybe even 32-34, and around 12-13 pick’s , especially if he goes to Fitzgerald often because Fitz is the type of receiver that turns picks into reception’s and 1st downs, TDs.

    Eli Manning:

    2612 comp 4457 att 58% Comp 7.07 Y/A 211 TDs 144 INTs 72 FUM 82 passer rating

    Carson Palmer: 2568 comp 4110 att 62.5 comp % 7.17 Y/A 190 TDs 130INTs 37 FUM 86.2 Passer rating

    As you can clearly see Carson Palmer has better career stat’s than Eli Manning, Both have started in 9 career NFL season’s coming into their 10th year. Eli Manning is more prone to being picked off than Palmer is , Yet Manning has had better Receiver’s over the course of his career by far.