Arians: Palmer is our starter, our QB room is as good as anyone’s

AP

With Carson Palmer in Arizona, new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says there’s no team in the NFL that has a better group of quarterbacks.

Arians said at Palmer’s introductory press conference that Palmer is the No. 1 quarterback, and that the combination of Palmer as the starter and backups Drew Stanton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer gives the Cardinals the best quarterback depth the NFL has seen.

“I think our quarterback room is as strong as any in the National Football League,” Arians said.

Arians also gushed about the talent around Palmer, saying that the Cardinals’ offensive line is better than most people think, and that their talent at the skill positions is strong and will get stronger through the draft or free agency.

“We’re only a guy or two away now,” Arians said. “We’re very, very close now.”

Palmer agreed with that assessment, saying what appeals to him most about the Cardinals is that Arizona is a place where he can win.

“They want to win now,” Palmer said. “And at the point I’m in, in my career, I want to win now, too.”

Not many people will agree with that optimism. But Arians and Palmer both sound confident.

121 responses to “Arians: Palmer is our starter, our QB room is as good as anyone’s

  1. Can this website trade the Ravenator to the Cardinals? His comments are boring and predictable. I feel bad for the little fella’.
    He’s the reason I no longer read the comments portion.

  2. “I think our quarterback room is as strong as any in the National Football League,” Arians said.

    Apparently the NFL doesn’t drug test coaches..

  3. guy is full of crap he only wanted out of oakland because they ask him to take a 3 million cut he said no, so we shipped him out other then that he would still be a raider!!!

  4. Annnnnd……….another head coach loses complete credibility for all time.

    Hey, Bruce, I think the “room” you just left (Luck, Hasselback) is better than yours, for one, and I am sure there are many others.

  5. “Palmer is our starter.”

    Yeah, until he quits on you like he has every other team he’s played for.

  6. It’s a very tough division with possibly the two best teams in the NFL residing there, but Palmer now gives the Cardinals a shot.

  7. Hey Carson, good players and leaders, help make those around them better. They do not jump ship when the going gets tough. Do you have a mirror in your house?

  8. Congratulations Arizona. You got yourself a guy who may throw for 4,000 yards and 25-30 touchdowns. You also got a guy who is going to panic when rushed and probably give three or four games away during the year with pick sixes. Palmer has the capability of being a fantasy stat machine, but he’s not the guy I would want leading my team to the playoffs.

  9. Not many people will agree with that optimism. But Arians and Palmer both sound confident.

    Well what do you expect them to believe and say? Man I hope we can finish .500 next year and look respectable? If they even thought that you should fire them both.

  10. carson has been traded to two teams before the bengals get all of there picks from there first trade. does the bengals get a pick out of this trade

  11. Palmer can impress in flashes …

    but overall he is a sloppy low-key leader …

    makes the “just bit a lemon face” undoes one side of his chin strap and jogs off field after 3rd downs and hits the bench by himself.

  12. Know this TO was the straw that broke the Camels back in Cincy. I would’ve been tired of it too. Of course no one calls Barry Sanders a quitter but wasn’t what he did the same thing Palmer did in Cincy?

  13. HAHAHA! Comedic genius, I tell you! The writers at the NFL are really earning their pay with these excellent soup operas.

  14. From a lifelong Bengals fan…..sorry Cardinals fans. He also “wanted” to win in Cincinnati, and Oakland….the reason he doesn’t win is because he is a human turnover machine…1 to 2 picks a game with one usually going for a td. Overthrows wide open receivers on short routes and no longer has the arm strength to throw down field….Not a leader whatsoever…typically sits by himself looking dumfounded on the sidelines…..Good luck with “cry baby” Palmer

  15. I don’t see any of the other 3 teams in teh west shaking in their boots. Until Bowles can prove he is a better D coordinator then an Oline coach, the only strength that the Cards has, has now turned into a weakness.

  16. We wanted rings; we got rings. We wanted to win games; we won games.

    Whoa.

    #dealwithit
    #sixringnationstandup
    #yourejealous?

  17. Wow. You have to love the simple mindedness of some of these people posting. What the hell do expect a head coach to say? “We suck, we’ll be lucky to win a game all season.”. No! He’s supposed to project confidence and be optimistic. What head coach in his right mind says we hope to win 5 games this year? Get a grip pinheads.

  18. I don’t care what anyone says. i expect this unit to come out very strong next year. Arians is a good coach and they already had a good defense there before he arrived. Palmer might get beaten down by the general public when they speak of him but if his team plays well Palmer can carry them

  19. Janoris Jenkins of the Rams had 2 pick 6’s against the Cards last year. I have a hunch that number will go up

  20. Best QB room in the League, except when Tom Brady is hanging out at the Pats facilities by himself.

    And that is coming from a Cards fan.

  21. is this where i start to copy and paste the stuff that palmer said about the raiders too??? how about these doozies from someone who wants to win now.

    “I was upset with myself. I expect more out of myself. I need to put us in better situations to win games.”

    “I’m very comfortable with what our mindset’s going to be and what’s expected of our offense and what’s expected of different positions, obviously including mine – but just very, very excited about the future and this upcoming year.”

    “We had a great game plan. I let the team down. I let our fans down. Making the mistake I made is crucial and that’s on me; it’s my fault. We fought hard all game long. That’s what we expect, that’s what coach expects of us. That’s what coach preaches – finishing. I didn’t do a good enough job finishing. I feel for our fans. I know our fans wanted it and put the blame on me. It’s completely my fault. I have to do a better job protecting the ball and I made a crucial mistake and let our team down and let everybody down.”

    “Not on the same page with myself and Dmoe [Denarius Moore] and mistakes like that you can’t overcome, you can’t make. Me being the quarterback, I can’t do that obviously. You can’t throw that ball, you just need to take a sack sometimes if things are off of the same page and come back the next play.”

  22. How many teams, QBs, players don’t want to win right away? Are there Coaches or players out there thinking, ” Well if we win 2 or 3 years from now that would be great! ” Other than the Jets of course.

  23. MDS , Florio, someone please get all the trolls off the comments.

    The comments that aren’t trolls are people making fun of trolls. It’s obnoxious.

  24. come on people really….what is the coach supposed to say…palmer is washed up and the other guys suck. he is giving coachspeak. if he said the truth he would be blasted for not supporting his players

  25. Newsflash, every team in the NFL wants to win now. The difference is that the Raiders finally don’t want to morgage their future to do it.

  26. I do think Arizona is better than people realize, but its less about them and more about the division they play in. If they where in certain other divisions I think they would have a much better chance at making a run at the playoffs.

    Remember, they started 4-0 last season beating Seattle and New England (in New England). but…they did end 1-11 (ouch).

  27. This makes no sense. Clearly teams don’t give away “great” QBs for next to nothing. Since they got Palmer for next to nothing and he’s the best of the bunch, how can Arians consider this group so talented? Also, if there is any team in the league that would hold onto any QB with even marginal talent, it would be Oakland. That said, sadly this is probably an upgrade over last year for Arizona, but that doesn’t mean it’s above average or even average compared to the rest of the league.

  28. Since when did the QB position become the WR position and having a bunch of depth is the key? Yes, having a solid backup is logical but having a bunch of possibly decent backups is a waste. Palmer also isn’t very good.

  29. and in other news….while Carson was leaving the press conference he was sacked twice on the way to the lobby, and will be out 6-10 weeks. Good luck with that OL Old Man…….

  30. Maybe it’s a smokescreen and they’ll draft QB # 5 with there first pick. How’s there so many talented FA’s not getting much $ at all, and these QB’s that no one really wants are getting paid. I know theres not much talent in this year draft class, but at least those mediocre QB’s are cheaper than the mediocre QB’s being signed by some of these desperate teams.

  31. was it just me? or did anyone else notice that Arians and palmers noses grew 3-4 inches during that press conference.

  32. Funny, i thought he said his QB room was as good as anybodys, time to get the ole eyes checked.

  33. Bruce…. get a grip man. Unless you can take Palmer back to 2005 you are dealing with a shot QB. This guy is Drew Bledsoe in his last season with Dallas. Once had a strong arm, but there is nothing left in the tank as Oakland found out. Brian Hoyer will have a better chance of winning you some games.
    You have about the 27th best starter in the league, and thats a fact.

  34. What a football coach (or any coach for that matter) says and what they actually believe are not always the same thing. This is a prime example of the truth in that statement.

  35. The Seahawks only have 1 QB on the roster and they have a better QB room than the Cards.

    Personally I think they’re 4th in the division, let alone the league.

    Idiotic.

    db

  36. IMO what Bruce Arians or any other coach should say would be something like “we have an excellent group of QB’s and we feel they are as good as any other group of QB’s in the NFL and we are very excited about the coming season. A little humility goes a long way.

  37. Loved Palmer while he was Cincy’s QB. Even overlooked the INT’s and overthrown/underthrown passes (blame Chad’s route running for some of those). But the “I refuse to step foot in Paul Brown Stadium again” demand was TOO much for life-long Bengals’ fans. So glad we have Andy Dalton, and the additional 1st round draft pick Bengals got in the 2012 draft from the Palmer trade. And don’t forget, Bengals still get the Raiders 2nd round pick in the 2013 draft. Good riddance Carson Quitter.

  38. I really liked Arians and the job he did last year with the Colts but apparently that success has went to his head. It didn’t take him long to start sounding like Rex Ryan.

  39. Confidence is key, but logic outweighs all. I think Palmer is well past his best playing days. He may be able to lead the Cardinals to a few more wins during the regular season, but that is about it. This Cardinals team is not that much different than the Raiders team he just left.

  40. benroethlisberger7 says:

    We wanted rings; we got rings. We wanted to win games; we won games.

    Whoa.

    #dealwithit
    #sixringnationstandup
    #yourejealous?

    ______________

    Hashtags are so early 2000’s; much like the Squealers.

  41. Everyone is laughing at this but I bet if the Cardinals have the #1 defense in the entire NFL they can at least make the playoffs and not be eliminated after 15 games.

    GO STEELERS!

  42. Better QB room? Doubtful. Packed QB room? So it would seem. Its a new coach in the desert, but it sure does look like the same indecisive group is running things. Every week new QB’s show up and never do we hear any encouraging words from the other Cardinals. Most productive Cardinal receiver this season is likely to be Boldin.

  43. Ever since this nonsense started, I have read a lot of what Palmer said. Never did he quit; he said he would not take (another) salary cut from the rotten raiders. And, as someone noted, the comments seem to all be from ravenator, only different tags. Sickening, to say the least.

  44. well at 10 million per he is making more than about 20 other qb’s in the league

  45. Sigh. You would think coaches learned from Hue Jackson’s “the greatest trade in football” debacle.

  46. I don’t blame Palmer one bit for quitting on Mike Brown. He is the worst owner in all of professional sports and clearly isn’t even trying to win! Like another commenter said, Barry Sanders did the same thing and everyone gives him a pass.
    As for the Raiders, they didn’t want the guy there. How is that quitting? He didn’t ask for a trade, they told him to take a pay ut or take a hike. They TRADED him, morons, he didn’t quit or say anything bad about the team or his teammates!
    I swear, many Raiders and Bungles fans find it easier to be delusional than to admit that their owner/management situation is just a train wreck. Can’t say I blame them, it’s easier to blame a guy like Palmer who is gone I guess than to admit that things will probably never change and you are just wasting your life and time rooting for a pathetic organization.

  47. Another USC quarterback bites the dust? Where’s Lineart?
    John David Booty? Etc. Barkleys next.

  48. Arians knows this trade only buys him time for next years draft because Arians see’s that no QB in this years draft is worth a first round pick.

    The only thing the Cardinals lose in this trade is money, not like the last time the Cards traded for a QB.

    The only thing about the current QB’s in AZ is that this group has been the best group AZ has had since Warner retired.

  49. Good luck Carson Palmer.

    McKenzie and Dennis Allen destroyed and dismantled a bright young roster. Hiring a three time failure O Coordinator and a DC that was worse than the previous one….and the players get the blame.

    talking about they’re “changing the culture.” yeah the culture is being changed from a playoff contender to a doormat.

    Well…you all won’t have Palmer to blame anymore. Flynn would be to Carson Palmer what Dennis Allen is to Hue Jackson…..A SEVERE DOWNGRADE.

  50. I guess I’m a part of the minority that is excited to see how next year goes. Having seen both Kolb and Skelton play in person and on TV, we were definitely in need of a change.

    It doesn’t help that the Vikings fans up here were boasting about how much better their QB was than ours (pretty ironic, isn’t it?)..

  51. Arizona is the new Bermuda Triangle. A coach get sucked in and all knowledge of quarterbacking disappears from the radar screen.
    Earth to Arians! Earth to Arians! Come in, Arians!
    Emptiness……..

  52. If they gave out trophies for assembling the most backup caliber QB’s in the league the Cards would be all set.

  53. How on earth can anyone with even passing familiarity with NFL football compare Palmer to Barry Sanders?

    Barry Sanders retired. He was the greatest pure running back ever. Carson Palmer threatened to quit if he didn’t get traded… twice. He was a decent quarterback as long as everything went his way.

    Where the hell is the comparison?

  54. Did he take a pay cut, or are the Cards paying 13 mil? Just curious. Good luck. Def better than Skelton or Kolb. But that aint saying much. Better get that OL together AZ.

  55. Kinda wished he would have signed somewhere going to Paul Brown Stadium this year, so I could buy tickets to watch the sequel to Carsons horror flick in the jungle from last year.. No matter how much I try, I can’t wish success for this guy.. He undeservingly had an entire franchise and city in love with him, maybe more than any other QB in the league. Mike Brown would have done nearly anything for this guy, and the fans adored him… He really had no reason for wanting out, other than pushing blame off himself and on to others for only winning 4 games with T.O. and Chad Johnson…

  56. wow – “i’m at the point in my career i want to win”
    jeez palmer – the bengals and raiders feel the same way after you left them

  57. Over/under one season before Carson decides Arizona isn’t a winner, and decides he’s ready to bail on them, too.

    Palmer is a choker because he’s a quitter, and a quitter because he’s a choker. But I heard he plays a mean corn hole!

  58. Barry Sanders demanded a trade or retire. Lions wouldn’t deal so he quit! Just like Palmer till he was traded. Duh! Same thing Barry wanted to play for a contender not a pretender. I’m a Bengals fan and I know Palmer did quit but sometimes enough is enough and don’t get me wrong I’m glad he’s gone it was time to dismantle the failed team and start fresh. Do I think Palmer is still a top 10 QB, probably not but with this being his best surroundings ever including his best years in cincy he maybe able to have his most productive year in a while stats and wins. I am not a delusional Bengals fan I’ve seen to many losing seasons for anything to happen and I mean anything.

  59. Barry Sanders is the greatest runner of all time, that said, he quit on the lions. He was tired of losing and rebuilding year after year and he quit. If he had had Palmers mentality he could have forced his way out of Detroit and have the all time rushing record to show for it. People in Minnesota always talked about trading KG to a contender so he could win a championship, why is it so different in the NFL. Palmer has the right to ask for a trade or choose to retire, it is his life, his career. Just as it is anyone else’s, if you don’t like the situation you are in we all have the right to leave to better ourselves.

  60. Seriously … Palmer DID NOT quit on the Raiders.
    The Raiders (Reggie McKenzie) quit on Palmer.

    Remember when Moss left the Raiders … what a great season he had. I expect the same from Palmer especially with Fitz. What happen to Chad Johnson after Palmer left the Bengals … is he still playing football? Maybe Reggie should give him a call since he’s signing players who have been out of work for awhile.

    Face it … Palmer had good numbers with no WRs and no running game. Palmer’s picks will go down because he has NFL WRs who know how to catch the ball and run the right routes.

  61. Anybody somewhat feel bad for Stanton? Every time he gets traded to or signs to another team for a chance to start the team he goes to signs or trades for another QB to go ahead of him in the depth chart.

  62. savvybynature says:
    Apr 2, 2013 6:37 PM
    I don’t blame Palmer one bit for quitting on Mike Brown. He is the worst owner in all of professional sports and clearly isn’t even trying to win! Like another commenter said, Barry Sanders did the same thing and everyone gives him a pass.
    As for the Raiders, they didn’t want the guy there. How is that quitting? He didn’t ask for a trade, they told him to take a pay ut or take a hike. They TRADED him, morons, he didn’t quit or say anything bad about the team or his teammates!
    I swear, many Raiders and Bungles fans find it easier to be delusional than to admit that their owner/management situation is just a train wreck. Can’t say I blame them, it’s easier to blame a guy like Palmer who is gone I guess than to admit that things will probably never change and you are just wasting your life and time rooting for a pathetic organization.
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    100% Correct
    More than half the people gave you a thumbs down which goes to show you are DUMB football fans are or the smart one still away from this site.

  63. Raideralex99 you hit the nail on the head. I’m an NFC north guy, I couldn’t name a single WR on that team, not to say if their not household names their no good, but seriously. Palmer drops back, looks left, looks right, throws to he corner of the end zone. TOUCHDOWN Larry Fitzgerald. Dez better be looking over his shoulder, he just got some competition for 2000/20.

  64. So now that the NFC West game of musical QB’s is just about over I have to agree with Arians that to him the Cardinals have the best QB room of the 4 teams. To the rest of the world he has an under achieving quitter and a bunch of journeyman. Playing armchair GM I think they would have been better off drafting a strong arm QB high to sit behind Stanton instead of banking on a QB who’s going to have a meltdown after every bad game that he’s a main part of resulting in yet another QB “controversy” in Arizona.

    If I had to pick a QB set out of the ones available in that division, I’d take the Kaepernick/McCoy combo in San Fran over what the Rams, Cardinals and Seahawks have. But look up Cardinals fans, you’re QB set is still better than what the Jets have to pick from.

  65. Who am I the late Billy Coocup??Wake up fools all we needed before was old man (Warner).Now we got a not so old chap whose 33.We are in it to win it.Wild Card or Division straight to the Super Bowl.

  66. Palmer still has at max 2 years left and he can still throw for 4000 yards at 33 he gives the cardinals a short-term answer. He may have average decision making but he ha a hell of a arm something Fitzgerald hasn’t had since Warner. It also gives them the option to maybe skip out on a QB this year. Whats important this year that they replace Levi Brown with the top 3 tackles in the draft and build the line.

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