Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks: A 2015 review
By Scott Allen
The Arizona Cardinals quarterback play was exceptional in the 2015 regular season but it will soon be time for changes
Say what you want about the play of quarterback Carson Palmer in the postseason, he was solid in the regular season. He started all 16 games in 2015.
However it is almost time to start preparing for the future. Whether that happens this year or next, it is coming soon. With that being said, here is a recap of the Cardinals quarterback situation in 2015.
Palmer did everything he was asked to do and more. Coming off a torn ACL in November 2014, he returned fully healthy entering the 2015 season. he even made it back for the end of OTA’s and all of training camp. I think that certainly helped him have the season he had.
Palmer threw for 4,671 yards with 35 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. Of course to many all of that didn’t matter based on his postseason performance. To me, it did matter. It means the Cardinals have a quarterback they can still count on to win in the regular season.
Of course the Cardinals and fans want him to win in the postseason ultimately. He knows it too. After losing to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game last week, he apologized for his poor performance. He felt like he let people down.
It wasn’t a good performance, I think there is no argument about that. However the Cardinals would never have been in the position in the first place without what he did in the regular season.
He was lambasted on social media all week long following the game. I think enough time has passed. Let it go. People wanted change immediately. Not me. He is going to lead this team in 2016 at least and quite possibly in 2017 as long as he stays healthy.
Whether his index finger was actually hurt enough to cause him to play poorly or not, I don’t think any of us will really ever know. I honestly don’t care. What is done is done. It is time to move forward to 2016. He will be back. That doesn’t mean the Cardinals won’t start searching for a future successor but I still believe Palmer has a good couple of seasons left to give us.
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