The Arizona Cardinals had another subpar offensive effort on Sunday with some believing Blaine Gabbert can change that
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has struggled over the first two weeks. He will be the first to tell you that. The numbers bear that out.
After throwing three interceptions in week one and another one on Sunday in the win over the Indianapolis Colts, some fans again were losing their mind on social media. Again, here is your weekly reminder to breathe.
All the comments are there. He’s old, trade Palmer, cut Palmer, bring in “Gabbs”, let Gabbert play. If these fans even understood how football worked. It isn’t that cut and dry.
First of all, Palmer isn’t going anywhere. When the Cardinals are in the game and as long as he’s healthy, Palmer is the guy. Like it or not, Palmer is this team’s co-captain and their starting quarterback.
Secondly Gabbert is the third quarterback on the depth chart for a reason. Yes, he played well in the preseason. However, yet another reminder that seems to be weekly now, he played against backups and vanilla defenses.
He only learned the Cardinals basic offensive scheme, which coach Bruce Arians admitted he picked up quickly. However the offense is very complex and will take time to learn. This was a big reason why Drew Stanton won the backup job.
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There are 32 teams in the NFL. I heard this reminder on an NFL telecast on Sunday. There aren’t 32 franchise quarterbacks available. If there were, every team would be even.
The comments about Palmer being old. Yes, he’s 37. He will not turn 38 until the end of the regular season. Age is only a number though. He hasn’t lost any steps. He didn’t have many to begin with.
The performances have been disappointing for sure. You just can’t lose your minds over it. He is the Cardinals quarterback for the foreseeable future, like it or not.