The offense looked like crap again for three straight weeks, unable to pick up third downs to sustain drives again. One thing that has been a constant each of these weeks has been quarterback Carson Palmer throwing a pick or picks in the game.
The play of Palmer is beginning to be the teams down fall, and he has had plenty of time to get his timing with his receivers down by now, the problem is simply Palmer has not played like a veteran quarterback this season, he has looked like a back up at best.
Palmer seems to be having problems reading the defenses and accuracy of all things, have been a really big issue. Much needs to be done to clean this up, but the problem is how do you fix thoughts in ones mind to make better decision under duress, that is what the good quarterbacks do. When the pressure is on, the good quarterbacks step their game up and not get rattled by the circumstances around him.
Palmer has not handled adversity very well in the pocket, and today’s game he had protection for the most part all day as the offensive line did a solid job in keeping him enough time to make the right decisions.
Speaking of the Offensive line, the new comer Bradley Sowell has a mean streak in him that was very refreshing to see from a Cardinal left tackle, he held up very well all day. He had his issues on the edge once in the game that allowed a sack, but it was not all on his side, it was a blitz scheme that brought to many to block and He and Eric Winston could not hold and the sack was a joint sack as both were to blame. But after that, the second year man in his first starting role did a marvelous job in pass protection and a beast like job in run blocking.
This line made rookie Andre Ellington look like an all pro, although his skills set had a lot to do with that as well, but the run blocking allowed the backs to control the game late and salt away the victory.
Good Job Mr. Sowell, not bad, not bad at all.