Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is coming off the best year in his NFL career, but the memory of his work on the way to a division title isn’t the lasting memory of Palmer’s play last season.
His performance in the NFC title game has lingered for many people who wonder if Palmer’s four interceptions and two fumbles were an aberration or the start of a slide that will continue into the 2016 season. Palmer has said more than once this offseason that he’s put that game against the Panthers in the past and his teammates are feeling the same way heading into Sunday night’s opener against the Patriots.
“He’s played the majority of his career in Cincinnati when the teams weren’t even that good,” Rucker said, via the team’s website. “All of the stuff you hear there, and he’s never complained, never pointed the finger at anything. He’s taken full responsibility for wins and losses. He’ll rebound and we’ll be right where we want to be again.”
Palmer and the Cardinals starting offense weren’t too impressive in their preseason cameos with Palmer throwing three interceptions in his final two appearances of the summer, but it probably won’t take too much more than a strong outing against New England to get more people on board with how Fells and Rucker view the quarterback.