Arizona Cardinals: Calais Campbell Praises Palmer, Takes Jab at 2012 Quarterbacks


Jun. 11, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell during mini camp at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It’s no secret that the Arizona Cardinals didn’t receive much production at quarterback last season. However, they are looking good after making a change at the position.

Calais Campbell recognizes the difference at the position. According to, Campbell said that the Cardinals are poised to do well now that they have a “real” quarterback. Obviously, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, Kevin Kolb and Brian Hoyer, Arizona’s 2012 quarterbacks, are real quarterbacks, but none did a great job.

Arizona’s quarterbacks combined to throw 21 interceptions and 11 touchdowns in 2012, while Palmer threw 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Palmer didn’t have much help in Arizona, but he has talent around him in Arizona. For example, Larry Fitzgerald is one of the NFL’s most talented receivers.

Campbell also mentioned that the Cardinals could win the division, which will surprise a lot of people. The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers also reside in the division, and the St. Louis Rams can’t be counted out. The Cardinals are a talented team, but they will have trouble winning the division.

Can the Cardinals win the NFC West with a “real” quarterback? Campbell sure seems to think so, and he has reason to. The Cardinals have a good quarterback, and they have reason for optimism.