The former starter of the Dallas Cowboys may be seeking a new home next season but would the Arizona Cardinals be an option?
It’s no secret that the Arizona Cardinals have underachieved so far this season. After nine games the team is 4-4-1, not good considering that some experts had them going to the Super Bowl. There’s still time for them to get there, but as of now they’re a long shot.
How much of the club’s struggles can be attributed to quarterback Carson Palmer? His play this season has without a doubt earned him at least some of the blame. Maybe it’s unfair to think he’d repeat his superb performance of 2015, but he’s been extremely mediocre.
His current passer rating is 86.0, good for a 24th overall ranking in the NFL. He’s thrown for a pedestrian 11 touchdowns, and has served up eight interceptions. If the league kept stats on “almost” interceptions, Palmer would possibly be worst in that category.
Veteran quarterback Tony Romo has lost his starting job in Dallas and may become available next season. The notion that he could land in the desert is a far-fetched one. But for the sake of entertainment purposes, let’s entertain the fantasy anyway.
Would the Cards have a better chance of winning a Super Bowl if Romo was their starter instead of Palmer? That’s hard to say. Comparing the careers of the two doesn’t help answer that question easily.
Both signal-callers are 36 years of age. Neither guy can be considered an “iron man “, since both have missed more than their share of games. Palmer has had two major knee injuries while Romo’s trouble recently has been with his back.
For as long as they’ve been in the NFL, the pair’s playoff appearances have been nothing to write home about. Palmer finally got his first playoff win last January, and his career record in the postseason is a paltry 1-3. Romo’s playoff woes have been well documented, with his playoff record standing at 2-4.
The contract situations of both players most likely prohibits Romo from taking Palmer’s place with the Cardinals. And even if it was salary cap-feasible, would it be an upgrade for Arizona? That’s one question that will probably remain unanswered.