The Cardinals are coming up on next week’s bye week with a quarterback who’s second in the league in interceptions (13), 29th among starters in passer rating (69.5) and a 3-4 record.
That’s a confluence of events that could spell change for some, but Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is resolute when it comes to starting quarterback Carson Palmer.
“Carson’s my guy,” Arians said, via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic.
Palmer said he appreciated the support from above, which comes after a string of not-all-his-fault performances that show his possibilities as well as his limitations.
“That’s who Bruce is,” Palmer said. “He’s going to fight for his guys. He’s going to fight for his locker room. You show fight for him, and he’ll show it back to you. I think that’s who he’s been probably his whole career.”
Of course, there’s no reason to think turning to Drew Stanton would fix things. When Palmer’s properly insulated, he’s capable of playing well enough to win. But the Cards haven’t always played a clean game around him, so offering him up seems counterproductive.