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Carson Palmer: We’re close to a championship team

Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers during their NFL football game in Oakland Reuters

We haven’t heard much from Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer after the Raiders shook up their front office and coaching staff, but he broke his silence in a radio interview on Wednesday.

Palmer, who came to Oakland in a trade engineered by former head coach Hue Jackson, said that he was “happy” to return to the Raiders. That should quiet any whispers that Palmer isn’t happy about the change to Dennis Allen and the overall shift in direction Oakland has taken this offseason. Palmer said he’s looking forward to the season and also looking forward to the chance to validate the hefty price the Raiders paid to acquire him.

Palmer won’t have a chance to work with Allen until April, but he doesn’t think the change in coaches will have a negative impact on the team. Quite the opposite, actually.

“As far as being close to a playoff team, it’s more than that,” Palmer said, via Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group. “We’re close to a championship team. There’s a lot of work that needs to be put in and a lot of hurdles that we need to get over, but we need to be heading into this season thinking more than just playoffs.”

The only rub could be the work the Raiders have to do to get under the cap by March 13th. While the outlook isn’t as gloomy as it might appear on the surface, the fact remains that the team likely won’t have a lot of money to spend to bolster the roster. They are also short on draft picks which means that they’ll need better performances from holdovers like Palmer if they are going to make their first playoff trip since 2002.

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  1. thehighhat says: Mar 1, 2012 9:41 AM

    Ah, nothing like a good laugh at the top of the morning!!!

  2. samoanjungle says: Mar 1, 2012 9:42 AM

    He said something similar about the Bengals a couple of years ago right before the 4 – 12 season.

  3. humb0lt says: Mar 1, 2012 9:44 AM

    I don’t know what Carson is talking about. All the Raiders had to do make the playoffs was win their season finale at home. But they got the snot kicked out of them by an 8-8 team.

    With no draft picks and a roster full of over-paid players that will have to be jettisoned over the next few weeks, the Raiders are going to be in bad shape for awhile. They will have a hard time staying out of the cellar the next couple of seasons in the AFC West. But Raiders fans are used to it.

  4. chalkruz1989 says: Mar 1, 2012 9:49 AM

    Most football fans are hypocrites. We complain, and I include myself here, when a player is taking the money and not worrying about winning. Or, a player is just cashing paychecks and giving minimal effort. Now, Carson Palmer comes out and says the Oakland Raiders are close to a championship team and he gets ripped. The guy wants to win and thinks the team can, I respect that, it’s called being competitve and that’s how every player should feel.

  5. tluke25 says: Mar 1, 2012 9:49 AM

    If only Carson Palmer and Rex Ryan could be on the same team together. It would be a match made in heaven!

  6. glac1 says: Mar 1, 2012 9:50 AM

    agree. they’re a good quarterback away from being a competitive football team. Remember… they didn’t win the very tough AFC West.

  7. mjbulls45 says: Mar 1, 2012 9:51 AM

    the good thing abt palmer

    is that he is playing for life and his legacy at this point

    all chips are down

    it dont matter who is coaching,

    give him mcfadden

  8. okldr8daz says: Mar 1, 2012 9:51 AM

    Raider Nation!

  9. subzero00 says: Mar 1, 2012 9:52 AM

    Perhaps the Raiders are closer than many of think they are. However, unless Carson Palmer made an unlikely statement about the Raiders needing a new QB I’m not buying them as Superbowl contenders.

  10. stampede101 says: Mar 1, 2012 9:56 AM

    Carson…you’re not in San Francisco…it’s the other city by the Bay.

  11. raiderstotheship says: Mar 1, 2012 9:57 AM

    Carson is right! I know people are going to say what they want, but consider how good this offense ranked for all the injuries we had. 9th overall offense, and dmc out 10to games, ford out 6 games, moore out 5 games, not including how good this offensive line was last year. Most definitely the best in the afc west this year, can’t wait to see how mckenzie re works some contracts and goes out to get some solid players for the secondary and a big NT!! Raider nation!

  12. dquinzi says: Mar 1, 2012 9:58 AM

    He is right, the 49ers are right across the bay.

  13. rc33 says: Mar 1, 2012 9:58 AM

    With their cap situation?
    Only if Carson defines “championship” as finishing in the top half of the sorry AFC West.

  14. istuppingyourwhiteewe says: Mar 1, 2012 9:59 AM

    Read the headline and assumed he’d demanded another trade!

  15. pskotte says: Mar 1, 2012 9:59 AM

    Geographically I agree with him.

  16. PurpleRaid18 says: Mar 1, 2012 10:02 AM

    You won’t be after the flurry of releases you’ll have to make…

  17. thehatefulnerd says: Mar 1, 2012 10:02 AM

    Right across the bay.

  18. davemeisner says: Mar 1, 2012 10:05 AM

    LOLZ! You’re killin me Carson!.. YOU’RE KILLIN ME!

  19. realitypolice says: Mar 1, 2012 10:05 AM

    They are close.

    As of right now they are tied for the #1 seed in the AFC in the 2012 season. If they can just win out, they are pretty much guaranteed to have the AFC title game go through Oakland.

  20. richardhurtz says: Mar 1, 2012 10:06 AM

    To be fair, the Raiders asked way too much of Palmer coming in mid-season. With a full year of OTAs and training camp, I think he’ll play much better. If McFadden can stay healthy (a big if), the Raiders could run away with the AFC West as the Chargers are on the down trend, the Broncos are frauds, and the Chiefs are well the Chiefs.

    This is basically a career making year for Palmer. If he plays poorly, he’ll be cut and done. If he can regain form, he could make the Raiders a factor in the AFC.

  21. woodsidegil says: Mar 1, 2012 10:06 AM

    He’s correct. The 49ers are just right across the Bay. ( for now at least).

  22. joetoronto says: Mar 1, 2012 10:07 AM

    Palmer is fortunate to have made it out of that hellhole full of convicts, with the cheapest owner in all of professional sports.

    His arm is exactly what the Raiders offense needs.

    Bring it on, Carson. Go Raiders!

  23. umbskinsfan says: Mar 1, 2012 10:07 AM

    Carson Palmer: We’re close to a championship team

    ummm….yeah, just cross the bridge into san francisco

  24. chc4 says: Mar 1, 2012 10:07 AM

    It’s ironic that his previous team is actually closer to a championship than Oakland! The Raiders might be closer if they had a better QB.

  25. baltimorons says: Mar 1, 2012 10:08 AM

    OMG I can’t stop laughing!!!! Oakland…World Champions!! HAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHA

  26. nardointhenati says: Mar 1, 2012 10:13 AM

    Who is really closer to a championship, Carsons current team or his former one?
    Thumbs up Bengals
    Thumbs down Raiders

  27. Matt says: Mar 1, 2012 10:24 AM

    To be fair, nobody thought Harbaugh was going to turn around SF so fast either. While I’m very skeptical of Reggie/Allen and I loved Hue, consider the following:

    - If DMac never gets hurt, we win 12 games last year.

    - If we had simply cut down all the penalties, we win 12 games last year.

    - If our defense had just made one more play in the either the Buffalo or Detroit games, we win the division.

    If I can praise one thing about the Reggie/Allen regime, it’s that we’re not changing the formula on offense and we’re trying to phenomenally fix the defense. People have been saying for years that if the Raiders can just cut down the penalties and play defense, they’d win more games. What are we trying to do? Exactly.

    While I predict 5-11, 11-5 isn’t exactly out of the picture. We can win with that.

  28. bigdaddybullwhip says: Mar 1, 2012 10:25 AM

    ” a lot of hurdles that we need to get over” I’m going to be at one of those hurdles in Cincinnati this fall. Carson, all of us fans remember how you abandon us and your teammates. However, ironically, your narcissistic behavior has put your former team in a very good position, while costing your current team greatly. Karma’s a bitch.

  29. dickroy says: Mar 1, 2012 10:25 AM

    Close to finishing third in their division.

  30. tonymontana45 says: Mar 1, 2012 10:28 AM

    Yea they might be one Quarterback away…

  31. sicklife1 says: Mar 1, 2012 10:29 AM

    Makes sense Carson would say this, since he doesn’t have a clue what a Championship team looks like.

  32. steviekthr3e says: Mar 1, 2012 10:35 AM

    Its funny the same people saying “except you have to release all these players” are the same ones saying they were”average players paid all-star money”.

    So how big of a difference is it cutting average players with big-money for average cost-effective players?

    Hypocrites.

  33. bmack1224 says: Mar 1, 2012 10:37 AM

    I wonder if he is gonna hold out like he did in cinci once the raiders cut all those players in order to go under the cap

  34. flapjackdaddy says: Mar 1, 2012 10:43 AM

    They need a healthy McFadden and a WR.

  35. tjjohnson98 says: Mar 1, 2012 10:44 AM

    How would you know, Carson? You’ve never been on anything close to a championship team!

  36. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 1, 2012 10:45 AM

    Carson Palmer doesn’t fit the West Coast Offense. He’s a Air Coryell QB.

    Darren McFadden is not a Zone Blocking Scheme RB. He’s already been proven to be ineffective in it.

    We have a Maulers on the O Line and now they have to Zone block.

    2012 is a recipe for disaster. I hope I’m wrong though.

  37. acanniv says: Mar 1, 2012 10:49 AM

    They better hope so. No first, second, third, fourth round pick this year. And they’re up against the cap already. Way to leave yr team all set up, Al!

  38. thatdudewiththemarauder says: Mar 1, 2012 10:55 AM

    He was probably wearing that white, silver, and black track suit Al Davis used to wear when he said it.

  39. thetruth1313 says: Mar 1, 2012 10:56 AM

    realitypolice says:
    Mar 1, 2012 10:05 AM

    They are close.

    As of right now they are tied for the #1 seed in the AFC in the 2012 season. If they can just win out, they are pretty much guaranteed to have the AFC title game go through Oakland.
    ————————————————-
    And here I was waiting for the draft, free agency, and the upcoming season. Guess I wont have to tune in until the Super Bowl.

  40. rastaraider says: Mar 1, 2012 10:58 AM

    It’s been too long of a misery since 2002

    I feel the change and energy coming from the top priority the QB .. Once it was rich gannon, rick mire , tui , brooks , Walter , collins , Bustrussell , campbell now its Carson Palmer some1 i never expected
    i feel good about this new fresh organization smells fresh sounds fresh now I just wonder how the hole team is gonna react to this ..

    SuperBowl

    Been waiting 10 long ass years

  41. theysone says: Mar 1, 2012 10:59 AM

    Maybe he’s talking about their current payroll…It’s right up there with the Yankees!

    At least til they start cutting people.

  42. ozzie8 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:24 AM

    Mr. Pick 6 needs to learn to connect with the right receivers first. You know the one’s wearing the same color jersey he’s wearing. I lived his crap here in Cincy for the last years of his declining career. If I’m a Raider teammate or a fan I’d be leery of his loyalty. He’ll jump and run as soon he starts hearing boos and Mrs. Carson tells him it’s time to pack up and leave again.

  43. dpndots says: Mar 1, 2012 11:27 AM

    I can see it now … Heyward Bay will be this year’s Vernon Davis.

  44. nickster31 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:31 AM

    And Carson Palmer would know this how?

  45. joetoronto says: Mar 1, 2012 11:48 AM

    Q: Left an organization that has had some issues in the past in terms of leadership and accountability, you go to Oakland, which has had it own issues with disfunction. Your first impression about Oakland and what has to change now that you’ve been there and had a chance to look under the hood?

    Palmer: My first impression was a great one. Right when I got there, you feel within the organization that there’s an attitude of we’ll do whatever it takes to win, it doesn’t matter. It’s not about money, it’s not about anything other than winning. That was my first impression and from the few talks I’ve had with a couple of coaches, it sounds like there’s been some real good meetings, there’s been some real good opportunities within the organization to get together and talk about what has to happen, what needs to change, what doesn’t need to happen or doesn’t need to change. So it sounds like things are really coming together for the best. Obviously when Mr. Davis passed, losing him was such a huge blow to the organization. He was such a huge part of the organization and involved in so many things, and when you lose that leader, it was the right decision to bring in a GM and bring in a new leader, and I’m just excited to see where the new GM Reggie McKenzie is going to take this thing.

    Like night and day. In Bungal land, it’s always about the money, not about winning.

  46. radrntn says: Mar 1, 2012 11:53 AM

    Dumbolt is right about one thing…the raiders should have won the afc west last year. It just shows how good the raiders were last year. They lost their starting QB. They lost the NFL leading rusher at the time for the season. They lost their starting two WR’s for part of the season.(between DMC, Moore, and Ford, it was 60% of the raiders offense at the time)
    They lost their young stud Defensive End Shaunessy for the season. They lost Their starting safety for multiple games, along with thier starting cornerback and back up cornerbacks for the seasons DVD, and Chimde.

    With all of that they were still in the hunt, but the injuries, especially to the secondary killed us against the chargers and lions.

    All that said Wiz jr looked great, we have our best QB since Gannon without any doubt, and everybody is healthy. Raiders have so much youth and are trending north as far as getting better.

    Where dumbolt is wrong, it is the chargers who have proved year in and year out that Rivers and Norv don’t know how to win together. They also have proved that they are trending south to dfl.

  47. georgebrett says: Mar 1, 2012 12:01 PM

    I 100% agree with his words. People are so quick to judge someone by what the JUST did on the field. Carson Palmer did a damn good job last year under the circumstances and this year, with a full offseason to prepare with his entire team you will see similarities with Green Bay and the Patriots. Yep, Carson no doubt had 16 int’s last year but people only look at those numbers and not when and how they came. 8 of those 16 picks came either during his 1st 3 games back when he shouldn’t have even been in the games or they were blown routes or tipped balls that were very catchable. I see 100% what Carson Palmer sees. Now they have to get to work and make it happen.

  48. jimmysee says: Mar 1, 2012 12:07 PM

    With the new GM in place — the team is certainly several steps closer than they’ve been in years.

  49. twindaddy says: Mar 1, 2012 12:15 PM

    Carson’s right. The Niners are just across the bay so they are really close….

  50. racerx1225 says: Mar 1, 2012 12:32 PM

    We’re getting at least 2 compensatory draft picks, maybe 3, probably a 3rd and a 4th, for Robert Gallery, Zach Miller and Nnamdi and we have always had great luck in those 2 rounds plus, with the addition of McKenzie and Allen, more veteran FA’s will want to play for us as the fact remains without their addition, we were a healthy McFadden from being in the playoffs.

  51. mullman7675 says: Mar 1, 2012 12:34 PM

    The Raiders are experiencing a total overhaul. The first time in franchise history that Mr. Davis is not running the draft, the first time he won’t be “running” the defense. The Raiders without Mr. Davis will be a new adventure all together.
    Humdolt is short- sighted, as are all the other haters. The Raiders stumbled down the stretch and missed the playoffs by one game It happens. Mr. McKenzie will right the ship. The Al Davis- Ron Wolf- Ted Thompson- Reggie McKenzie “GM Tree” will be in full effect.
    One thing remains, the Raiders are still the big dog in the AFC West.

    Don’t get angry haters, deal with it. The Raiders will be a contender for the division, THIS YEAR and for years to come. The league is cyclical and the little chargers had a ten year window to get something done. The window is shut.
    The way I see it- the chargers are cooked- denver will be in QB controversy all year- KC will be competitive and the Raiders will win the division by one game….

  52. raiderapologist says: Mar 1, 2012 1:18 PM

    humb0lt says: Mar 1, 2012 9:44 AM

    I don’t know what Carson is talking about. All the Raiders had to do make the playoffs was win their season finale at home. But they got the snot kicked out of them by an 8-8 team.
    They will have a hard time staying out of the cellar the next couple of seasons in the AFC West. But Raiders fans are used to it

    humb0lt doesn’t know what anyone is talking about. But as a Charger fan, he is certainly used to failure and disappointment. He gets it every year.

  53. georgebrett says: Mar 1, 2012 1:45 PM

    I can’t agree more.

  54. rajbais says: Mar 1, 2012 3:19 PM

    You have NEVER won a playoff game!!!!

    Your turnovers have wrecked the seasons of TWO teams!!!!!

    You’re only getting your butt kissed because people felt that you were a victim for having to play with T.O. and Ochocinco !!!!

    You are a game manager!!!! You don’t have exceptional accuracy!!!!

    Plus, who’s your Super Bowl coach????

  55. rando74 says: Mar 1, 2012 3:20 PM

    Ummm, no you’re not.

  56. chargerzz says: Mar 1, 2012 4:40 PM

    Chargers are going to smash the raiders as usual

  57. raideralex99 says: Mar 1, 2012 4:41 PM

    I get a kick reading these Raider hater blogs especially the ZERO SB Bengal fans. I know its tough when you have a cheap owner … You will never win and all the other haters … Remember the last 2 SB winners just barely make it into the playoffs. This is the NFL anything can happen .

  58. yelix says: Mar 1, 2012 4:41 PM

    “The Chiefs are, well, the Chiefs” doesn’t make sense to me. Unless you mean they’re a team with probably the best defense in the division, the most explosive RB who is capable of playing more than 6 games a year, the best home field advantage, and that is the favorite to land a future HOF QB is he’s healthy, then yeah, the Chiefs are the Chiefs.

    A healthy Manning would throw for 600 yards against the current Raiders secondary.

  59. biglebronski says: Mar 1, 2012 5:30 PM

    Because Carson Palmer knows so well what a championship team is?

  60. spinmovr says: Mar 2, 2012 12:26 AM

    Two things:

    1.The offensive line is the strength of the Raiders right now and that leads to a lot of good things like a solid ground game and a QB with time to go down field. You can win championships without an elite QB and Carson at his best is definitely good enough to do what OAK needs.

    2. The Raiders should have completely fallen apart after losing their starting QB, game-breaker RB and iconic owner in the span of like 2 weeks. Somehow they were able to play meaningful football in December. There’s enough talent there right now. Letting guys go isn’t going to hurt OAK as much as everybody thinks since we were getting it done with scraps anyway. Lito Sheppard, Quinton Groves and Matt Giordano should NOT be starting in the NFL yet we won games with them starting and the awful Chuck Bresnahan calling the plays. A superior defensive coaching staff running street free agents would be at least as good as what we had last year. That overmatched defense only got blown out by Green Bay.

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