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Yes, the Raiders have a new G.M. and a new head coach.  Yes, the new G.M. has dumped plenty of players.

And, yes, the quarterback that the last coach/de facto G.M. acquired on the fly last season doesn’t necessarily fit the team’s new offense.

Nevertheless, Carson Palmer is feeling optimistic about the situation.

“I am fired up to get my playbook,” Carson Palmer said Friday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.  “We have a lot of work to do.  We have a new offense and a new defense.  New terminology.  But we’re very excited.  Personnel-wise, we have as good an opportunity as anybody to win the whole thing.”

Recent history tells us that, indeed, any team with a reasonable shot at the postseason can find a way to the playoff table and then run it.  But it’s hard to pencil in the Raiders atop the AFC West amid the turnover in Oakland and the arrival of Peyton Manning in Denver.

Regardless, it all begins Monday for the Raiders, when they launch the first offeason program of the Reggie McKenzie/Dennis Allen era.  That’s when Palmer, who has been watching film of the Texans offense in which new coordinator Greg Knapp served as quarterbacks coach, will get his playbook.

“I am trying to match up what I see on film with my throwing drills,” Palmer said. “You have different players coming from different spots, and some of the reads are different, but some of the concepts I have run before. We’ll definitely be trying to get the ball deep to our fast receivers.”

Palmer isn’t discouraged by the fact that the last head coach, Hue Jackson, was responsible for Palmer’s addition to the team.  “There is a sour taste in your mouth how we finished, and then obviously I was close with Hue,” Palmer said.  “A lot of guys in that locker room looked up to Hue.  But this is a different team now.  Reggie and Dennis are making a lot of changes, and it’s exciting.”

It should be exciting (in the real way, not the Tim Tebow crutch-word way).  Unless and until those changes include Palmer.

For now, that’s not likely to happen.  But Palmer’s ability to adapt to Knapp’s offense ultimately will be a major factor in whether Palmer sticks around.

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  1. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 31, 2012 9:17 PM

    Let’s hope Al Saunders has a heavy influence on the diagrams and terminology.

    Though this is Gregg Knapp’s first time with a true QB instead of the glorified game managers he used to have run his offense.

  2. everydayimfumbilin says: Mar 31, 2012 9:18 PM

    read as “carson palmer gets high”

  3. humb0lt says: Mar 31, 2012 9:19 PM

    Carson Palmer definitely aimed high when he threw the pick to Antione Cason that ended the Raiders’ playoff hopes on New Year’s Day. Maybe that was on Jacoby Ford, but he was nowhere near that ball while Cason was all over it.

    Palmer is going to have to play balls to the wall all season because the Raiders’ defense is going to stink in 2012. It was bad enough last season, but Reggie McKenzie jettisoned several high-profile and highly paid starters and is replacing them with guys nobody’s ever heard of.

  4. cougarquest says: Mar 31, 2012 9:20 PM

    Carson’s wife needs to stop hitting him on the head with her rolling pin….it’s showing long term brain damage.

  5. bucks12965 says: Mar 31, 2012 9:22 PM

    Until he quits again.

  6. lostsok says: Mar 31, 2012 9:27 PM

    Carson Palmer is very good at boilerplate. All the right things, nothing too much.

  7. rayguyreturns says: Mar 31, 2012 9:29 PM

    Remember the hype last year with the Eagles? Well this years hype team will be Denver.
    Carson plans to end that hype of Denver on the field.

  8. 7to10for6allday says: Mar 31, 2012 9:30 PM

    Carson sucks! McFadden injured too often and that D will get raped again. Peyton Over under TD passes in their 2 meetings? 6

  9. dondiraider says: Mar 31, 2012 9:31 PM

    How can you not LOVE Carson Palmer’s attitude, work ethic and professionalism? I hope he wins comeback player of the year!

  10. dondiraider says: Mar 31, 2012 9:32 PM

    Oh yeah and Superbowl MVP!

  11. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 31, 2012 9:33 PM

    Carson was excited to get his playbook until it arrived- all 2 pages of it. Greg Knapp makes Brian Shottenheimer look like Mouse Davis.

  12. humboldt420 says: Mar 31, 2012 9:39 PM

    Knapp’s offense calls for a lot of play-action bootlegs.

    Reading the SF Chronicle story linked, I agree with the writer. Texans QB Matt Schaub isn’t the most nimble QB and still, he ran the play-action bootleg O to perfection.

    Palmer isn’t a mobile guy either, but to say he’s less mobile than Shaub is downright incorrect. The two are of the same mold.

    What’s interesting is Oakland currently has a QB that is extremely mobile and has the potential to be a dangerous signal caller in Terelle Pryor. He’s got the speed (reportedly ran a 4.34) and the size (6-foot-5) and arm (strength is there, accuracy needs work) t0 make the play-action bootleg stuff work.

    However, it’s unclear if the current Raiders coaching staff is high on Pryor like the former regime (i.e. Al Davis).

  13. jmclarkent says: Mar 31, 2012 9:46 PM

    If the Raiders defense is anywhere near average and they play with a modicum of discipline, they will be much improved.

    With the whole “Leading the league in penalties” and”running defensive schemes from 1982″, it a miracle they have been 8-8 the last two years.

    For the first time in forever, I feel like my Raiders are a “real” football team again.

  14. lbraiders says: Mar 31, 2012 9:53 PM

    In Reggie we trust raider nation baby

  15. jdcush31 says: Mar 31, 2012 9:57 PM

    Carson should be excited. The offense should be top 10 in the league with potential to be top 5. This offense has a better running game than Houston with a healthy McFadden and a better QB than Schaub. The WR corp doesnt have somebody to compare to Johnson but overall it could be better. They have three very talented and young recievers that are only getting better. Where the questions lye are with the defense. The D was pretty bad last year, so hopefully with new coaching and scheme it can get better.

  16. jdcush31 says: Mar 31, 2012 10:00 PM

    Carson is more mobile than people think. When he came in as a rookie his coaches raved about how good of a passer he was on the move. A perfect attribute for a QB in an offense that runs a lot of play action and boot legs.

  17. Raider-in-PA says: Mar 31, 2012 10:03 PM

    Manning, shmanning… In the words of Chuck D.: ‘Dont believe the hype, cant truss it’… Raiders will take AFC West title in 2012 no matter who else is in the division!!…


  18. precisionpirate says: Mar 31, 2012 10:03 PM

    This will be interesting to see how Pryor pushes Palmer in camp especially because of the roll outs ,bootlegs that Knapp runs. Really think if the Oline doesnt protect well enough Palmer will struggle running plays and improvising while running for his life or getting jamarcus tomahawk chopped when things go wrong. Palmer great pocket passer but pick six when in the pinch.

  19. humboldt420 says: Mar 31, 2012 10:04 PM

    Humbolt, now I know you’re on Humboldt County’s No. 2 export, meth.

    You are correct, the Raiders defense was horrendous last year and Reggie McKenzie pulled out the machete and sliced some guys from the roster.

    Yes, they were high-priced, but they were part of the problem. Routt, Wimbley, man, they can look good one or two games, but view the entire 16-game season and they were horrible.

    I’d rather have no-name guys who are going to go to work with a passion to play football, not some check cashing maroon.

    And that INT play you’re describing, Ford ran the wrong route. He was supposed to run a go-route. Instead, he cut it off short.

  20. henson58 says: Mar 31, 2012 10:11 PM

    the question is how could you like his attitude the dudes a proven quitter and crybaby.

  21. justwinbaby29 says: Mar 31, 2012 10:16 PM

    While I’m not banking on a Super Bowl trip I do like the confidence of Palmer and the Raiders. You have to believe!

    The Raiders offense should be very good. If McFadden stays healthy (I know, big if) this offense could be top 3 in the NFL.

    Palmer isn’t elite but he is good and played well last year. Too many INTs but many were timing issues with WRs, some because of rust and four of them came against GB.

    I expect the Raiders to be no worse than 8-8 again maybe a game or two better.

    Bush is only a loss if DMC is hurt again. Losing Wimbley hurts but the sum is great than the parts of defense I’m hoping with the new staff.

  22. objectivenflfan says: Mar 31, 2012 10:19 PM

    rayguyreturns says:
    Mar 31, 2012 9:29 PM

    Remember the hype last year with the Eagles? Well this years hype team will be Denver.
    Carson plans to end that hype of Denver on the field.


    Alright, let’s set the record straight.

    Philly underachieved.

    Peyton Manning, Tracy Porter, Jacob Tamme, and Joel Dressen are not the all hype team. That’s just getting a great QB and a few upgrades.

    Oakland isn’t in a position to talk about hype… are they?

  23. raiders11 says: Mar 31, 2012 10:20 PM

    Lets make it happen Raiders!!!!

  24. humb0lt says: Mar 31, 2012 10:37 PM


    I realize Jacoby Ford either ran the wrong route or stumbled out his break on that play. But if he been where Palmer threw the ball, he would have been covered. Cason was on top of the route.

    That play killed the Raiders’ season.

    That and the fact the Raiders’ defense couldn’t cover Malcom Floyd or Antonio Gates.

  25. rastaraider says: Mar 31, 2012 10:39 PM


  26. spellingcops says: Mar 31, 2012 10:39 PM

    Raiders are hot garbage. Carson and their fans are delusional. Case in point, the idiot above that said the raiders have a better run game than Houston. Snap out of your crack induced haze homer.

  27. mullman7675 says: Mar 31, 2012 10:54 PM

    The Raiders have a strong nucleus in all 3 phases of the game. They need to be consistent on defense and disciplined in all aspects to make any progress. Big Reg is making the right moves, the ship is headed in a positive direction.

  28. villa41 says: Mar 31, 2012 10:54 PM

    Carson Palmer will be able to run Knapp’s offense with no problem. Any NFL QB can, for that matter. We’re talking about about play fakes and rolling out. Any QB can execute these plays at any level. They are BASIC plays. Palmer will be just doing more of it than he has in the past. Uhh, I’ve seen him rollout and play fake in the past. He can do it just fine.

    With a full offseason to prepare and work with his receivers, Palmer should play at a high level. The focal point of Knapp’s offense is running, and that will mean a heavy workload for DMAC. He’s the key. If he can stay healthy, then this offense will be downright scary (potentially top 5). It was 9th last season with DMAC out 10 games, the receivers in and out of games, and the unsettled QB situation.

    The reason the Raiders didn’t make the play-offs was due to a rock bottom, turd defense. A new scheme along with some solid, if not spectacular, replacements for some overpaid underperforming players (Routt, Wimbley) should do wonders. If the Raiders even just get to mediocre on defense (and I think they will), then this is a play-off team. The division is there to be had. Everyone is talking about Denver, but that team is overrated, with or without Manning. Denver’s roster top to bottom simply isn’t that good.

  29. vincentbojackson says: Mar 31, 2012 10:55 PM

    If you seen Palmer throw a pass in the last four years you’d already know he aims high. Nobody overthrows wide open receivers like Palmer.

  30. humboldt420 says: Mar 31, 2012 10:58 PM


    Raiders D was absolutely pathetic last season.

    The comment on Palmer, I may be in the minority, but I rather have a QB who will take a chance than play-it-safe Jason Campbell who rarely threw into coverage.

    It’s hit and miss.

    One of Palmer’s best plays came on a deep seam route where he found Marcel Reece — a fullback that was a wide receiver in college — for a touchdown against Denver at Oakland.

    As much as the Chargers’ O has given the Raiders headaches, the Bolts should prepare for a migraine of their own in Denarius Moore. He owned Jammer in both the meetings last season.

  31. jdcush31 says: Mar 31, 2012 11:04 PM

    Let’s see how Arian Foster does this year without most of his O-line gone as FA’s. Any back can run through the gaping holes he had last year. McFadden is a much better back over all, just needs to stay healthy.

  32. pantherpro says: Mar 31, 2012 11:05 PM

    Once Raider trash always Raider Trash. The stench is horrible!

  33. raqaiw says: Mar 31, 2012 11:07 PM

    The problem with Carson is he always aims high –
    and falls short. 0 playoff wins.
    “You are what your record says” and Carson’s says he’s not that great. Sanchez,Tebow,TJ Yates, and David Garrard have more playoff W’s than Carson. Mike Brown stuck to his guns before the season and fleeced the Raiders.

  34. dannymac17 says: Mar 31, 2012 11:09 PM

    JoeToronto cant help but stay away from Charger related posts.

    But when the Raiders come up?

    He’s dead silent.


  35. beauregard says: Mar 31, 2012 11:11 PM

    The Raiders were beat by Tebow. We can only imagine what Manning will do.
    Injuries to Manning on the Denver side or DMC on the Raider side will settle this story.
    It should be a fun season.

  36. backstageatapuppetshow says: Mar 31, 2012 11:14 PM

    The last sentence of this article has it backwards…it reads:

    “But Palmer’s ability to adapt to Knapp’s offense ultimately will be a major factor in whether Palmer sticks around.”

    it should read:

    “But Knapp’s ability to adapt Palmer’s strengths to his Offense will be a major factor in whether Knapp sticks around”

    LOL to whoever wrote this article!

  37. GG Eden says: Mar 31, 2012 11:39 PM

    If Pryor can get his head screwed on right, work hard, and hopefully the new regime are patient with and like Pryor, Pryor could blossom quickly if/when Palmer starts/continues to decline.

    I really like Pryor. Tho I understand he has some attitude issues that the likes of Newton/RG3 don’t have. He’s still only 22 or 23, so there’s hope he can be coached and mentored along.

  38. briscocountyjr says: Mar 31, 2012 11:41 PM

    @ Justwinbaby29 –

    “While I’m not banking on a Super Bowl trip I do like the confidence of Palmer and the Raiders. You have to believe!” BAhahaha!!

    “The Raiders offense should be very good. If McFadden stays healthy (I know, big if) this offense could be top 3 in the NFL.” —Nice contradiction on steroids.

    “Palmer isn’t elite but he is good and played well last year. Too many INTs but many were timing issues with WRs, some because of rust and four of them came against GB.”
    — He sure isn’t elite, that’s the gold of your entire post. Here’s the other part, he wasn’t even good.

    “I expect the Raiders to be no worse than 8-8 again maybe a game or two better.” — I am concerned about your real life and the expectations you have of it if you think the raiderps will cross 8 wins…

    “Bush is only a loss if DMC is hurt again. Losing Wimbley hurts but the sum is great than the parts of defense I’m hoping with the new staff.” —Mcfadden is hurt every year, so losing bush hurts.

    I hope your buddies aren’t going to let you stumble to your car to drive home bro.

  39. johanneschimpo says: Mar 31, 2012 11:50 PM

    A 13-16 TD to INT ratio? That kinda aiming high?

    If he’d aim straight, maybe he could hit his receivers.

  40. westcoastraider says: Mar 31, 2012 11:52 PM

    I honestly believe we can still be a factor in the AFC west this year.. And before all you haters who are taking porn breaks get all antsy in your pantsys start flipping out, calm down…

    DHB Made major strides last year, DMoore made his presence felt last year, jacoby is a baller and don’t sleep on L Murphy either…

    DMac was running over cats left and right last year,

    Carson Palmer (who is not my number one choice BTW…) is a decent qb who knows the game and can get it done…

    Sure we have our holes, but you know what we’ll be alright and when we go toe to toe with Peyton or Big Ben we won’t blink, we won’t flinch…

  41. briscocountyjr says: Mar 31, 2012 11:52 PM

    Just Derp baby!!!

  42. cincybert says: Mar 31, 2012 11:55 PM

    “Carson Palmer aims high”
    Palmer’s primary problem the last 4 years is that he rarely hits where he aims.

  43. briscocountyjr says: Apr 1, 2012 12:03 AM

    The RaiDerps are like the Pacific ocean’s answer to the Titanic.

  44. briscocountyjr says: Apr 1, 2012 12:04 AM

    NFL quarterbacks will be throwing zingers into the Black pie hole.

  45. raideralex says: Apr 1, 2012 12:16 AM

    McFadden lead the NFL in rushing through 6 games last season before his injury.

    So to say the Raiders running game can be better than Houston’s isn’t that asinine. Especially with all the loses at O-line Houston had (and their guard coming to Oakland).

  46. spinmovr says: Apr 1, 2012 12:19 AM

    Everybody above criticizing the defense in ’11 is spot on. Somehow we were still playing for a postseason spot in Week 17 and that defense had been overmatched all season.

    Our second half offense was atrocious last year. That’s where I want to see Palmer improve in 2012. We never seemed to make the halftime adjustments on offense or defense. So I need to see CP3 throwing that thing in the 3rd quarter and build a lead so the defense can just shut the door in the fourth.

    Conditioning and discipline on D are all we really need. We didn’t have any impact players last year and we won’t have any impact players on defense this year either. Not a problem. Arizona, Indianapolis and plenty of other teams in recent times have let their offenses and one-dimensional defenses carry them to the Super Bowl.

  47. autumnwind999 says: Apr 1, 2012 12:24 AM

    Hopefully Knapp doesn’t screw this thing up. I think it’s obvious we should’ve kept Hue and got a new DC, but I guess that ship has sailed as Mark Davis had some personal need to change coaches.

    All I know is with Hue, a full offseason for Carson, a healthy McFadden, a top notch o-line and a deep young stable of playmakers this was a 30 ppg caliber offense. A lot of pressure on Knapp to maintain that level of excellence.

  48. bizzyb559 says: Apr 1, 2012 12:27 AM

    Palmer is going to have to play balls to the wall all season because the Raiders’ defense is going to stink in 2012. It was bad enough last season, but Reggie McKenzie jettisoned several high-profile and highly paid starters and is replacing them with guys nobody’s ever heard of.
    Really? Other than Wimbley, who was high profile? Nobody heard of Victor Cruz or Kurt Warner either. High profile doesn’t equate to championships. Ask Dan Snyder or the Eagles. Even as good as Manning is, he only has one ring after 14 seasons.

    Look, it’s anyone’s guess how this will all play out this season. You have no idea what the defense will be like and neither do I, but I highly doubt our defense won’t get better. As far as the playoffs last year, the AFC west was pathetic so I’m not going to cry about a .500 team missing the playoffs when they really didn’t deserve to be there in the first place. Guess I like to see the glass as half full. Peace

  49. raider23mike says: Apr 1, 2012 12:37 AM

    Oh yeah Peyton..

    How has any ONE player done after leaving their teams after decades?
    Unitas, Fouts, McNabb, Montana(chiefs) ?

    Broncos Super Bowl bound? Ask the Eagles?

  50. lilcuzzy says: Apr 1, 2012 1:16 AM

    With a Defensive Head Coach the Raiders may be able to pull an immediate playoff birth this year. There is still enough talent on offense to win there to, yes even if mcfadden gets hurt again. Remember Packers picked up James Starks in week 12 of a super bowl run. Mckenzie has now come close to solidifying the defense personel wise. Plus we have some draft picks to add here, I guarentee a couple other lower teir free agents will be added as well possibly after the June 1 cuts. If the coaching is going to be as good as we expect it to be and the discipline is instilled quickly then theres no reason we wont make the playoffs in 2012.

  51. raiderrob21 says: Apr 1, 2012 1:32 AM

    Playoffs here we come!


  52. thalawless1 says: Apr 1, 2012 1:34 AM

    Carson always aims high…

    Signed, every receiver that has played with Carson

  53. burm61 says: Apr 1, 2012 1:38 AM

    I’m so drunk

  54. hatethegamenottheplayer says: Apr 1, 2012 2:05 AM

    Humbolt the thing that ended the raider season was our defense not Cason getting his only int of the season. By the way I hope u like V jaxs replacement.Lets see how good rivers is with a bunch of number 2 receivers

  55. hatethegamenottheplayer says: Apr 1, 2012 2:07 AM

    Hey spellingcrap when run Dmc is healthy we easily have one of the two best running games in the league

  56. poprox13 says: Apr 1, 2012 2:35 AM

    “That play killed the Raiders’ season.”

    The defense and Chuck B killed the season, should have never even had to come down to that game.

  57. lanjoith says: Apr 1, 2012 2:57 AM

    Lets get real for a second. The Broncos and Chargers are the only teams that are going to make noise in the AFC west. Oakland and KC have new coaching staffs and in a way, rebuilding. SD has been decimated by injuries the last two years but they made some nice under the radar free agent pickups and you always have a chance to win with Philip Rivers. The west has a brutal schedule in 2012 but Denver’s is especially tough, having to play the division winners in the east and south (NE & Houston). I can see 9-7 winning the division and I give a slight edge to SD since they have to play the Jets & Titans instead of the Patriots and Texans. Plus there is the fact that SD is 5-1 vs. Manning in their last 6 meetings and Peyton threw 15 INT’s in those games.

  58. londonbengal says: Apr 1, 2012 3:43 AM

    “Carson Palmer aims high”……

    Don’t know where dude was aiming, but plenty of his INT balls in Cincinnati were uncatchable…..

  59. fcrraptor720 says: Apr 1, 2012 4:52 AM

    I wonder if Carson’s got a step stool for reaching that high

  60. 808raiderinparadise says: Apr 1, 2012 4:56 AM

    a lot of losers spilling lost words on this blog….

    Carson was hot at times, very. He ran a no-huddle offense in his 2nd start, man got game.

    If he had mcfadden, moore, ford, healthy, wow, all those losses were on the defense. awful.

    new D-minded coach, whole offense healthy and upgraded ….

    I think all these haters will be silent by week 4 when OAK destroying it.

  61. briscocountyjr says: Apr 1, 2012 5:51 AM

    Notice the title of this article- “Carson Palmer aims high” The end says “as a kite.” because he was taking a big pull (of green) at the same time his wife hit him in the head with a lamp.

  62. godcanfirealdavis says: Apr 1, 2012 6:08 AM

    USC qb’s blow….

  63. spellingcopfather says: Apr 1, 2012 6:47 AM

    Shut up son , your mother & I raise you better then that!!!

  64. raiderredleg says: Apr 1, 2012 7:00 AM

    Last season was another non-playoff/non-winning year due to the coaching of Hue Jackson (poor game management, bad play calls and roster decisions) and Chuck Breshnahan (who’s defense ALWAYS has the nack of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory).

    Will this year be a step forward or backward?

    Who knows…However the division is VERY much up for grabs.

    1) San Diego’s love affair with Turner/Smith continues, with an older A. Gates, a reshuffled O-line and WITHOUT V. Jack and Tolbert. Robert Meacham and Ryan Matthews do indeed have potential, but no more than other skill position players in the division. P. Rivers is the best QB in the AFC West (apologizes to P. Manning, but I gotta see him play before I believe he has totally recoverd from having his neck fused), but he can’t win games by himself.

    2) Peyton Manning is a 36 year old high risk/high reward QB with a questionable defense under new leadership. Heck P. Manning couldn’t even say he would be 100% by the start of the season and the guy behind him (Caleb Haine) looked HORRIBLE when he had his chance to play the Bears into the playoffs.

    3) The Chiefs? Two former Raiders and Matt Cassell (after being totally shunned by Peyton Manning) doesn’t really qualify as a “can’t miss playoff team” does it? Great young talent in KC (Bowe, Charles, E. Berry), but as Raider fans can tell you talent on the roster means nothing unless you have a true NFL franchise QB to run the team (that’s why the Broncos are risking it all going with Manning over Tebow)

    However it plays out THIS year, few AFC West experts see the Raiders continuing the decline of the last decade. The new owner (Mark Davis) is very motivated to win, but at the same time realizes he needed a GM who he grabbed from one of the NFL premier organizations (McKenzie from Green Bay).

    The gutting of the roster of Al’s bloated contracts and the limited draft picks this year are indeed painful, but the 2012 team has every bit the chance to succeed and perhaps exceed the 2011 squad based on the changes at the top and in the coaching ranks.

    BTW…Seeing a legit NFL franchise QB under center (for a full season) for the Raiders for the first time in a decade is kinda of nice also compared to the “hot garbage” (stealling spellingcops word) who were trotted out after Gannon retired.

  65. bigdaddybullwhip says: Apr 1, 2012 8:02 AM

    Carson has always said the right thing, but he has never followed up. Do not drink Carsons cool aid he will disappoint and quit on you. Thanks for all those picks Raiders.

  66. fearthebengaltiger says: Apr 1, 2012 8:22 AM

    carson palmer aims high….

    in cincy most of his throws were high, just sayin

  67. iknowurider72 says: Apr 1, 2012 9:02 AM

    Aims high is exactly right. Anyone see Carson’s throws for the last 4 years. A large percentage of his throws have been high. He puts his receivers in danger and has become a Pick machine. Raiders would be right to cut him and stick with Jason Campbell. Maybe they could trade him to Cleveland and get some picks back.

  68. AlohaMrHand says: Apr 1, 2012 10:16 AM

    perhaps of the Raiders had a healthy Darren McFadden all of last season Palmer doesn’t need to throw 45-50 times a game.And why does Palmer get blamed when he wasn’t on defense giving up deep passes to 3rd rate receivers and getting called for pass interference?

  69. jgrange says: Apr 1, 2012 10:21 AM

    Quitting on Mike Brown isn’t enough evidence for Carson to be a quitter. Mike Brown finally managed 1 good season since Carson’s best year and before that it was the Boomer Esiason years. He’s a joke of an owner and he’ll find a way to botch the Bengals as he usually does.

  70. raiderapologist says: Apr 1, 2012 12:37 PM

    humb0lt says: Mar 31, 2012 9:19 PM

    Carson Palmer definitely aimed high when he threw the pick to Antione Cason that ended the Raiders’ playoff hopes on New Year’s Day.
    Oakland’s playoff hopes lasted a week longer than San Diego’s 10 point effort on Christmas Eve.

    Reggie McKenzie jettisoned several high-profile and highly paid starters and is replacing them with guys nobody’s ever heard of.
    High profile and highly paid doesn’t equal high performance. That would be Vincent Jackson. humb0lt needs to face reality. The Chargers aren’t going to have the luxury of sleepwalking through the first half of the season any more.

  71. pskotte says: Apr 1, 2012 1:04 PM

    “Carson Palmer aims high” explains his nickname: “Pick-Six Palmer”.

  72. spinmovr says: Apr 1, 2012 1:57 PM

    Seriously, let’s stop predicting that Palmer is going to quit on the Raiders. Dude is motivated, working out with his WRs on the beach in SoCal and is an upgrade from Jason Campbell, who wasn’t terrible last year.

    OAK was crippled with injuries last year. It’s not like Stan Routt and Wimbley were keeping us in games when we lost starting DEs, LBs, CBs and Ss. Losing those two guys and Chris Johnson and Quinton Groves and John Henderson really isn’t going to hurt as long as their bodies are replaced. Literally just getting guys built like them will be good enough.

    You know who kept OAK in games? Carson Palmer. Bush got worse over the last 5 games of the season. Our WR corps was pretty much Darrius Heyward-Bey and whoever else was healthy in a given week. If Palmer can make THAT offense work after coming into the league after playing catch in the park with TJ Houshmanzadeh for a week, he’ll be fine with a full offseason of practice.

    Palmer’s greatest weakness (or the coaching staff’s really) is his horrible play in the second half. Our offense disappeared in the fourth and gave away a lot of games when we couldn’t even put up a timely field goal.

  73. spellingcops says: Apr 1, 2012 2:39 PM

    spellingcopfather says:
    Apr 1, 2012 6:47 AM
    Shut up son , your mother & I raise you better then that!!!
    You actually made a new screen name and have been waiting all this time just for that? If being a Raider fan doesn’t prove it enough, you just removed all doubt about how stupid you are. Btw, it’s “better THAN that,” you freaking imbecile. Just lose baby. Commitment to excrement. Burn in hell Al Davis!

  74. raiderapologist says: Apr 1, 2012 8:50 PM

    spellingcops says: Apr 1, 2012 2:39 PM

    Just lose baby. Commitment to excrement. Burn in hell Al Davis!

    Raider Nation is sorry your parents don’t love you, but we can’t help you with that. It’s probably your fault, anyway.

  75. anhdazman says: Apr 2, 2012 2:15 AM

    3 different teams have won the AFC West in 3 years. There’s no reason to believe the Raiders can be the team to win it this year. One game from the division title last year.
    No doubt Oakland have dangerous weapons at different positions. When healthy, they have multiple players that can score from any where. Palmer is the type of QB that can make any throw on the field. Since the days at Cincy, he has never had this much talent and offensive explosiveness at his disposal.
    Oakland just needs to get their defense aligned and the division can be taken.

  76. djflav303 says: Apr 2, 2012 10:32 AM

    If Manning stays it doesn’t matter what the raiders do, they don’t really have a shot

  77. radrntn says: Apr 2, 2012 11:44 AM

    “hard to believe with the turnover in Oakland they can compete” REALLY?

    Deja vu….heard the same thing last year when we lost Nnamdi, Gallery, and Miller……..Yet even though we lost our starting QB, RB, Both WR’s, DE, Both DB, FS, …we were still in it until week 17. So not surprising, but in my humble opiion this year teams is better on both sides of the ball. Having Wiz at center, and Briesel added to the mix, is going to be huge..

    Love the haters.

  78. silvernblak says: Apr 3, 2012 6:07 PM

    Are all you Raider haters that ignorant not to see how Reggie M. is putting this team together? Why do you think Green Bay turned out to be the team they are? pure luck? It was because of RM!!!! But now that RM is back home as a once before Raider player, where do you think RM heart is now?…. How about “There is no place like home”. He knows exactly what hes doing. Palmer is a true professional in his work ethic and has pretty good speed to get out of trouble especially with a front line now that will allow him the roll out time he needs and the speed receivers he has for the down the field passes?! And the arm strength that he has shown to prove its the old Stabler like days we all once loved to see. How can any one QB come into a team almost 1/2 way through the season lead a team to the bowl? He learned the Raiders play book in record time. See you in the Playoffs this year FO SHOW!!!!! Just win BABY!!!!

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