Dennis Allen says Carson Palmer is the Raiders’ starter

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Hue Jackson was the driving force behind the Raiders’ acquisition of Carson Palmer during the 2011 season, but Jackson’s firing doesn’t mean Palmer’s job is in jeopardy.

New Raiders head coach Dennis Allen told Mike Florio and Russ Thaler on NBC Sportstalk that Palmer “absolutely” will be the Raiders’ starter in Week One of the 2012 season.

The Raiders gave up a first-round pick and a second-round pick to the Bengals to acquire Palmer, and everyone in Oakland was hoping at the time that he could lead them to the playoffs for that expensive a price.

But while that didn’t work out, Allen is still optimistic that Palmer can do enough for the Raiders to make that trade look like a good deal in Oakland.

59 responses to “Dennis Allen says Carson Palmer is the Raiders’ starter

  1. “…Allen is still optimistic that Palmer can do enough for the Raiders to make that trade look like a good deal in Oakland.”

    Don’t I hope so. My team has been killing me long enough. Lets look like a real team already. Getting to the playoffs is a bonus at this point.

  2. Nothing will change unless the team is sold. Allen will be one season and gone. Dysfunction at its finest.

  3. How about some competition? I’m surprised by this move to declare there won’t be any competition for the position. Maybe this is to soothe the ginger giants nerves…

  4. Of course he’s the starter, he’s gonna put up massive numbers this coming season.

    Just watch. 🙂

  5. a rookie HC would be best served with a good vet at QB,

    thats a luxury to have Palmer coming off a full off-season without drama,

    that being said,

    the whole thing is sad bc like I said before the Raiders are no longer run the Raider way,

    before ppl start to say the Raider way was losers, the past 9 seasons yes.

    but before the 2003 SB loss to tampa the Raiders held the highest winning percentage of all time with the Cowboys in league history.

    The team was turning the corner with Campbell and Hue Jackson.

    No Al , no raider way, no uniqueness , no mystique, etc.

    it sucks, and I hope the Raiders dont conform too much to NFL society,

    the maverickness of the late Al Davis and the team was what made it special.

    Good luck to Dennis Allen, I publicly have been against the hire, but either way he’s gonna find out he’s coaching the Raiders and its him and his 53 against the world.

  6. pacificnw7722 says:
    Jan 30, 2012 5:53 PM
    Give Palmer another DEEP threat and good O-Line protection and there is no reason for him not to do really well next season…..

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    Uh, isn’t that a big part of the problem?
    All the raiders have at WR are guys that run deep, have bad hands, and can’t stay healthy.

  7. The Raiders are doomed with Carson Palmer. The definition of insanity is going with the same washed up quarterback with no arm once again and expecting a different result. Man what a bad trade.

  8. If the Raiders want to make a statement next year, with how well Palmer put up stats and hopefully a healthy DMF…Drew Brees’ record isn’t going to stand long.

  9. If Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie can wipe away the decades of Al Davis culture of penalties, narrow minded draft picks and personal favorite players who were untouchable – this team can be a legit organization from here on out.

  10. It’s still too early to judge the Palmer trade. The more time he practices with his new teammates the better the offense’ll be. I’ll look forward to see Palmer and DMC in the field together.

  11. Good luck to Jason Campbell. He was one of the main reasons behind Oakland’s surge at the beginning of the season. Hopefully he’ll land himself a good job.

  12. This guy drove the season into the ground while Campbell had them winning. If I’m Campbell I’d leave and go to a team that is not dysfunctional like this one, and with a good system. This guy can play he may not elite but can play…

  13. After watching the press conference, you can’t help but be impressed by Dennis Allen. It really sounds like Reggie and him are going to weed out the Al Davis scholarship players and get some guys in there that are solid football guys and not track stars with fast 40 times.

  14. Palmer and the offense will be fine.

    After being at the probowl yesterday, I notcied our defense tackles/covers like they do in the probowl.

    The defense made this team 8-8.

    If the D was mid-ranking in NFL categories, they easily would have been 11-5 or 12-4.

  15. The only discussion talking heads need to have with Dennis Allen right now is the one about penalties and discipline. Those are team issues that are addressed at the top of an organization. Anything could happen with players between now and training camp. After penalties and discipline then let’s talk about what kind of assistant coaches he wants. Those topics will give us answers to what kind of coach he’s going to be.

    Carson Palmer is a good enough QB to build around.

  16. @ ‘joetoronto’ says……

    “he’s gonna put up massive numbers this season, just watch”

    ==================================

    Sure he will.

    24 INT’s and 8 pick-sixes………

    Get used to it Oakland

  17. denverscott says:
    Jan 30, 2012 5:49 PM
    Nothing will change unless the team is sold. Allen will be one season and gone. Dysfunction at its finest.

    ********************************

    Uh yeah dude everything just changed. Havent you noticed a real GM being hired and given power to hire his coach?

  18. cletusvandam says:
    Jan 30, 2012 6:03 PM
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    Uh, isn’t that a big part of the problem?
    All the raiders have at WR are guys that run deep, have bad hands, and can’t stay healthy.

    ***************************

    Uh, the only WR with bad hands is DHB. Moore and Ford are good pass catchers. Both were hit with freak injuries, how can they not stay healthy? First time Ford missed time and Moore is a rookie.

  19. I watched the presser live. Allen seems to be a no frills take no crap type of guy. He said he will be holding players accountable, so there’s no more free rides or Al Davis pet projects. The Raiders are indeed entering a new era.

  20. I criticized the move at the time but Palmer looked very good this year.

    Most of the time as a starter he didn’t have his weapons healthy, either.

    If the Raiders can get that defense going a bit they’ve got as good a shot as any team in the AFC West!

  21. Wow, haters! Give him a chance without all of the drama and injuries!
    He should have a good running back and WR coming back from injury right?
    Make sure the OL is set & maybe improve the TE position and playoffs should be a given.

  22. Same old haters. You pay no attention to what’s going on, just repeat the same old mantras.

    Palmers arm is fine, more than fine in fact. He threw some passes last year that about 90% of the league can’t throw. He did this without so much as a training camp, and learning his receivers and the offense on the fly. What Palmer adds is exactly what the new Coach said he wanted: Explosion in the passing game.

    As to Coach Allen himself, I was extremely impressed. He carries himself like a seasoned veteran and seems very self assured. He gave off this impression that nobody should be surprised he got this job because he was the best candidate hands down.

    This guy reeks of confidence and looks like somebody who won’t take any crap. Just what the Raiders have needed for about the last 20 some odd years or so. No more scholarships to the Al Davis Country club for underachievers. It’s a new day in Oakland and the future looks very bright.

  23. DARREN MCFADDEN a.k.a Run DMC needs to play 16 games!! If DMC plays 16 games everyone will LOVE Carson Palmer and the playoff bound Oakland Raiders. IF DMC goes down again??? It will be the same .500 7-9, 8-8, 6-10 or 9-7 Raiders.

  24. Wow, The new GM said there would be competition for that starting QB position. The new HC says that C Palmer is his starting QB. Hummm, makes you wonder if the inmates are still running the Asylum. Power is already affecting D Allen ability to make sound decisions. Even if you know, that you are going to start Palmer you still should follow the lead Reggie MeKenzie set forth. Futhermore, to make that determination this early is like driving the first nail in the coffin. The smart thing would be to open it for competition and go from there. But, I guess if you got to pay him the big bucks you may as well play him, regardless of the consequences. How, sad and what a very disappointing start to a new season. Again mediocrity rules in Oakland, it high time players earn the right to play and not have a position given to them base on there past exploits…..Very very saddwn by such irrational behavoir already.

  25. They sold the farm when Campbell went down! Blame Hue Jackson? I think not because Al Davis would have done the same thing given the CHANCE they would make a run!

  26. bangitfootball says: Jan 30, 2012 6:03 PM

    The Raiders are doomed with Carson Palmer. The definition of insanity is going with the same washed up quarterback with no arm once again and expecting a different result. Man what a bad trade.

    Palmer proved there is nothing wrong with his arm. You can’t throw a guy out there with no training camp and no practice time and expect him to light up the league. If he could he would have been worth far more than the draft picks Oakland spent for him.

  27. @wcman says: “Palmer’s arm is fine, more than fine in fact.”
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    If “more than fine” means throwing more INTs than TDs (Palmer threw 16 picks and 13 touchdowns in 2011), then the Raiders should have never parted ways with JaMarcus. His arm was more than fine.

  28. I challenge anyone to tell me the name of 7 quarterbacks in the NFL that are proven to be better than Carson Palmer. With the offensive weapons we have, he might pass for 4500+. Trade DMC for a high pick and anyone else that can’t stay healthy.

  29. I’m more concern of keeping Al Saunders as OC. I hope we keep him for continuity reason and dump Bresnahan. We scored enough to be competitive but the defense kept giving it away.

  30. sebrng7,

    25 teams in the NFL are looking for a quality quarterback. Where do you find one?

    Carson Palmer will no doubt lead them to the playoffs and a playoff win next season.

  31. Dennis Allen says Carson Palmer is the Raiders’ starter
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    Good.

    This makes the Raiders 8-8 at best. Way too many interceptions for them to be any better.

    The Raiders got fleeced on the trade with the Bengals and will begin the slide back into irrelevance. The search for their next Jim Plunkett continues…

  32. Gotta love the Cinci fans flapping their gums STILL over Palmer!! Quit hating and crying, you have a young ‘Pro-Bowl’ QB and 2 first round picks this year…. Get over it!!

    You ALL should go and kiss Hue Jackson and Mark Davis’ feet for making all of this happen!

    … and there I always thought the biggest bunch of cry-babies were the SteAler fans…

  33. Don’t know how it will work out in Oakland, but we’re kind of loving the trade in the Nati…

  34. Go ahead, depend on Carson (“Pick 6”) Quitter. No draft picks, schooled by Mike Brown, and you think the future is bright? Don’t know what you are smoking but it’s only polite to share.

  35. We will depend on Carson Palmer because we have to. Palmer was shoved into a bad situation as a quarterback and performed really good. 16 picks, sure, exactly half of those came in games he shouldn’t have even been in yet. and 3 came because of tipped passes and a receiver falling down. Pretty good stuff. He’ll pass for 4500+ yards next year and win a playoff game.

  36. denverdude7 ,

    how many of those interceptions SHOULD have happened?

    Would you trade Tim Tebow straight up for Carson Palmer?

  37. Number 1 too much hue h8 number 2 hue had to get the final say from mark Davis on the trade was not hue alone so get off that and if we’re not in the playoffs next yr should of kept hue if we don’t have a top 10 off again for the 3rd straight yr idk wat to say let’s hope fake cp3 since that’s Chris Paul’s nickname don’t throw a ton of int’s b/c he does that a lot and Jason cam did a good job last yr and this yr the way sum of u fans talk makes it look like ur clueless about this team

  38. Gbrett – I challenge anyone to tell me the name of 7 quarterbacks in the NFL that are proven to be better than Carson Palmer.
    Off the top of my head…
    Rodgers
    Brees
    Brady
    P. Manning
    E. Manning
    Big Ben
    Rivers
    Stafford
    Ryan
    Newton
    He threw 6 pick 6 the year before in the Nati with a full camp and pro bowl WR. Good luck with your bromance for CP. Maybe he will quit on your team too since Hue is gone.

  39. 454rat,

    I’ll give you

    Brees
    E. Manning,
    Brady
    Stafford
    Ryan

    Rodgers, we all seen how good he was when his back up came in and played the same position with all those weapons. I guess Favre was right when he said in his final year when he was let go that the Packers were the most talented team he’d ever been on or seen.

    P. Manning? How many snaps did he take this year?
    Big Ben, top seven quarterbacks look better than that playing the Donkies.
    Newton, we’ll see after next season and the defenses hava a chance to make a game plan. His production fell off a wall as the season went on. BUT, I think he’s pretty good.

    The one you failed to mention was any other quarterback on the Raiders roster.

    Not a bad try though.

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