Dec 1, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) passes the ball during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Cardinals 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Carson Palmer looks very comfortable in the offense in the teams OTA’s this month, it is a far cry from where he was this time last year learning the offense on the fly.
In an interview last week opening the activities Palmer said
"“comparing today to a year ago this day, there is zero comparison, this one is fun its enjoyable”"
that is the sound of a leader having the system under full control, and most of the team has already begun to lean on the veteran for his knowledge of the offense and in general.
The Cardinals 2014 season will heavily ride on the right arm of Palmer, as Head Coach Bruce Arians appears to have all the pieces in place that he will need to light up the score board this year.
Palmer can not afford to have a first half season like he did last year, as the early opposing teams on the schedule dictate that another rocky start like that and the season could be over fast as far as the playoffs are concerned. It also will help if he didn’t take 41 sacks this year as his age will not allow him to make it thru punishment like that again. Adding left tackle Jared Veldheer should ease that burden a little.
Last year Palmer got increasingly better in the second half of the season and cut down on the interception spree he journeyed on, throwing a total of 22 interceptions on the year and 15 were in the first half of the season alone.
His impressive back to back 4,000 yard passing season stands out as he has always been a prolific passer, but in this speed offense filled with weapons he will for sure surpassed his previous two years in passing yards and return to the status of a pro-bowl quarterback.