Carson Palmer: I can’t just click with Larry Fitzgerald

AP

It doesn’t take long to figure out why quarterback Carson Palmer was traded to the Cardinals this offseason.

You need only look at wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s statistics from last season to understand why the team dealt for Palmer. Fitzgerald had just 798 receiving yards, his lowest total since his rookie season, and he set career lows with 11.2 yards per catch and four touchdowns. It was a waste of a year for one of the league’s best receivers and Arizona wasn’t going to risk it happening again.

Hence the trade for Palmer, who said that Fitzgerald has been “exactly what I expected” after watching him play from afar in previous years. Both players agree that developing a rapport with one another over the offseason is vital, but Palmer is quick to point out that it won’t be enough to make the Cardinals a winner. Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts and other receivers will have to make plays when defenses sell out to stop Fitzgerald, which makes developing rapport with them another item on Palmer’s checklist.

“It’s of the utmost importance to be on the same page with Larry, but it’s of the utmost importance to be on the same page with every one of those guys because the ball can’t always go to him. I know that’s not what he wants to hear, but that’s the truth,” Palmer said, via the team’s website. “There will be teams that key on him and there will be games where he doesn’t have as many catches as other games. It’s that much more important I have that rhythm and timing down with Michael and Andre and whoever that third and fourth guy is going to be.”

It’s hard to overstate the importance of getting Fitzgerald back to his established heights, but it is just as hard to disagree with Palmer’s belief that winning is going to take much more than that.

29 responses to “Carson Palmer: I can’t just click with Larry Fitzgerald

  1. Palmer is a bum. I predict that the Cardinals will be stuck as a mediocre team until they actually draft someone with talent who can play QB. They have other needs too, of course, but you need a good QB.

  2. Floyd needs to mature and step up.
    The Cards have been hopeless for years. Might as well trade Fitz to his hometown Vikings. Spielman will set u up w a nice draft package for next year.

  3. Palmer is spot on. Fitz can only do so much.

    Michael Floyd needs to step up big time. Fitzgerald lobbied for him to be there, and it would be a disservice to Fitz and the Cards if Floyd flops.

  4. C’mon Florio, change the misleading headline pls.
    This is “BUSH LEAGUE” journalism.

    How about:

    Palmer states he needs to click with all the Cardinal receivers – not just Fitzgerald.

  5. Am I the only one who feels as though the title of this article is intentionally misleading? I feel like it could’ve been titled a little bit differently to encapsulate the gist of this article.

  6. I don’t know that the headline was intentionally misleading but “only” would have been a 10,000 times better word choice than “just”.

  7. The word “only” demanded to be in the headline for this article; as is, it is grossly misleading to what Palmer said, which is, of course, right on target and not a bother to Fitz at all.

  8. Let me put it this way. For people who are paid to write about football it’s embarrassing on their part that we’re even having a discussion if the title is misleading or not.

    I have noticed over the past six months or so the quality of articles on this site have gone down drastically. Typos, misspellings, proof reading errors, interjecting storylines that simply aren’t there, and now this gem of a headline.

  9. Palmer clicking with defensive backs?

    Haha. That’s hilarious.

    He threw 14 int’s last season which was middle of the pack in the league and more than a few were doinks off receivers hands.

    He had a better int % than Drew Brees, Cutler, Romo and many others.

    For the dimwitted that means he threw less int’s per pass attempt than those mentioned and many others.

    I know it’s too much too ask that you actually look up the facts before you spew your ignorance, but you may wanna try it.

    He threw for over 4k yd’s in 14 games with the worst receiving corps in the league.

    Arizona is lucky to have him.

  10. I think the hed meant to say:
    Carson Palmer: I can’t click just with Larry Fitzgerald
    It would have been better had it said:
    Carson Palmer: I need to click with all my receivers

  11. Don’t worry, Carson will throw interceptions regardless which WR is his target. And while he may have only thrown 14 interceptions last year, he always threw them at the worst possible time. That is the kind of consistency you just can’t coach.

  12. You mean Larry won’t have the same exact catch total every game? Wow that’s an amazing prediction. Although I’d rather have a QB that says he can consistently make use of star players and predicts to be productive with Larry every game and for a similar great importance each time even if the catch totals aren’t exact week per week, but they should be close.

    Carson Palmer is not the answer in Arizona.

  13. Ole pick-six Palmer won’t be clicking with anyone laying on the ground every play.

  14. Don’t see why people are saying Floyd needs to step it up. He was pretty much 3rd-4th on the depth chart and hardly ever got the ball thrown his way when he was on the field. He pretty much lit it up, I think it was the last game of the season, when Hoyer was in there.

  15. I thought Palmer was a class act in Oakland. That trade and what was given up for him was too much pressure. Not to mention Oakland is in full rebuilding mode.
    I hope things work out in Arizona for Carson. He’s going to get to throw to a future HOF WR in Fitzgerald. Hopefully some other WRs can step up to prevent double and triple coverage on Fitz.

    Arizona was smart to draft a OL first round. They might be wise to grab another OT in FA. Palmer is not a mobile QB so getting a solid OL in front of him is vital.

    RB and the rushing game is also key. Got to take pressure off that pass rush. Going to need to find a RB that can step up. That will really help Palmer.

  16. Cardinal fans:

    Get used to the bitching by butt hurt Bunghole fans about Palmer.

    They will never get over how Palmer wanted out of that craphole team.

  17. Fitz has acknowledged that his stats were better when they had Q. He is more than adequately aware that Palmer’s chemistry has to be there w/ the other receivers.

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