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Cardinals teammates have no doubt Carson Palmer will bounce back

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 01:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up before the preseaon NFL game aagainst the Denver Broncos t the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

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.

Tight end Darren Fells compared Palmer to a “rubber band” because he bounces right back and defensive tackle Frostee Rucker, who played with Palmer in college, shares that confidence.

“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.

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  1. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Sep 7, 2016 8:29 AM

    He’s failed for over a decade. I highly doubt he’s going to bounce back now.

  2. captainwhodat says: Sep 7, 2016 8:31 AM

    2nd tier QB who has difficulty playing “big” in “big” games…

  3. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Sep 7, 2016 8:35 AM

    His last 3 games he had a passer rating of 65. The Cardinals lost to the Seahawks and Panthers, the only two good teams they played, by a combined 85-21.

    The Seahawks will have the NFC West locked up by Thanksgiving

  4. jackedupboonie says: Sep 7, 2016 8:41 AM

    Yeah, I’d say he will be just fine…..except nothing from his past says so and he’s old.

  5. swannysez says: Sep 7, 2016 8:47 AM

    I saw all these people picking the Cards to win the Super Bowl. Hah! He will get you close, just like Fitz and a few others. But when the rubber meets the road he’ll peel off and be left as a streak.

  6. tylawspick6 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:05 AM

    Loaded Pats D licking their chops for Sunday Night.

  7. nhpats says: Sep 7, 2016 9:10 AM

    Let’s just hope he doesn’t bounce back until week 2!

  8. redclaw1314 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:19 AM

    season opener against the pats should answer the questions about Palmer

  9. nard100 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:20 AM

    I can’t unsee what happened in the playoffs last year. It just showed me that Carson just doesn’t have it – the mental toughness to compete against the elite defenses. He’s a good guy and all, but he can’t get it done.

  10. realfootballfan says: Sep 7, 2016 9:27 AM

    They don’t have a choice but to believe this. Whether it’s true or not, we’ll find out soon enough.

  11. donttrollonme says: Sep 7, 2016 9:32 AM

    Glad the Cardinals are now successfully camped out inside your heads now Hawk trolls.

    You can obsess about the Cardinals all season if you’d like, just don’t forget about, well, the Seahawks.

    Keep looking up from 2nd place.

  12. RegisHawk says: Sep 7, 2016 9:34 AM

    His history is that of losing playoff games…if he is to “bounce back” from anything, it’s accidentally winning one last year.

  13. collectordude says: Sep 7, 2016 9:38 AM

    Have never thought Palmer is a championship QB.

  14. jag1959 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:54 AM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Sep 7, 2016 8:35 AM
    His last 3 games he had a passer rating of 65. The Cardinals lost to the Seahawks and Panthers, the only two good teams they played, by a combined 85-21.
    __________________

    No cherry picking there. Seattle also lost to Arizona and Carolina. The Cards defeated the ‘Hawks in their own house when it mattered and lost to them in a game that meant nothing to AZ. Outside of that garbage time win Seattle defeated 2 teams with winning records and lost twice to the Rams. I’m not a Cards fan but ’12’ logic cracks me up.

  15. jag1959 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:59 AM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 9:05 AM
    Loaded Pats D licking their chops for Sunday Night.
    ________________

    It goes both ways. No doubt AZ’s D is also looking forward to seeing a Brady-less Pats squad as well.

  16. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Sep 7, 2016 10:03 AM

    “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.”

    _________________

    Its neither, its just the way he plays in pressure games when you get in his face. And if the team is down, forget it.

  17. cardinealsfan20 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:04 AM

    Stories like these separate the commenters between “fans” and people who actually know the game. Comments such as “choker” or “lacks mental toughness” are simply asinine regarding any player.

    Palmer has elite talent. He is also extremely intelligent, to the extent that he could have retired and his grandchildren would never have had to work when he wisely forced his way out of Cincinnati.

  18. 6ball says: Sep 7, 2016 10:06 AM

    .
    If I was coming back from a trainwreck performance, the last team I’d want to see is the Patriots. On paper and before injuries, this may be the deepest defense that New England has had in years.

    On the plus side for the Cardinals is game time temperature will be near 100°
    .

  19. Fartimus Prime says: Sep 7, 2016 10:32 AM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Sep 7, 2016 8:35 AM
    His last 3 games he had a passer rating of 65. The Cardinals lost to the Seahawks and Panthers, the only two good teams they played, by a combined 85-21.

    The Seahawks will have the NFC West locked up by Thanksgiving.

    ============
    Cherry pick much? Fine. The Seahawks scored 10 points in their first 6 quarters of playoff football, and would’ve been a one and done if Blair Walsh makes a chip shot. Way to go, clutch!

  20. azcardsfan3 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:36 AM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Sep 7, 2016 8:35 AM
    His last 3 games he had a passer rating of 65. The Cardinals lost to the Seahawks and Panthers, the only two good teams they played, by a combined 85-21.

    The Seahawks will have the NFC West locked up by Thanksgiving

    Seem to forget the BEATING your Seachickens took at HOME by Carson Palmer & the Cardinals.

    That last game of the year that Seattle won in the AZ was when the Cards had nothing to play for. I will give you the Carolina game….The Panthers wanted it more than the Cardinals did.

  21. azcardsfan3 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:38 AM

    RegisHawk says:
    Sep 7, 2016 9:34 AM
    His history is that of losing playoff games…if he is to “bounce back” from anything, it’s accidentally winning one last year.

    What history???? He has only played in 3….His record is 1-2….Hardly a huge sample size to make such a blanket statement

  22. patsfan1960 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:39 AM

    Hey Carson the Pats are coming the Pats are coming. Hit him a couple of times and he will turtle…

  23. bucsorbust says: Sep 7, 2016 10:42 AM

    I noticed the drop off along with most other NFL fans. I don’t have any opinion for Cards one way or the other. However, I did form the opinion when Palmer was in the CIN and the Bucs considered bringing him on in Tampa, that he was average for NFL starters and had peaked, and was glad we didn’t take him here. That said, we’ll see how it goes for Cards when the Bucs pay them in a visit in two weeks (I look forward to flying out for that one).

  24. hawkstradamus says: Sep 7, 2016 10:43 AM

    Carson Palmer will bounce back, just like Jake Delhome did. Oh wait…

  25. stoopidfool says: Sep 7, 2016 10:53 AM

    Jimmy G will be good for 350 and 4TD’s

    Palmer will get mauled

  26. jocko1181 says: Sep 7, 2016 11:05 AM

    I’m still amazed that this guy continues to get a pass for outright quitting on Cincinnati. He was extremely well paid and the front office signed the guys he wanted (yes, he lobbied for Terrell Owens). He had a fine season and proved he still has plenty physically left in the tank. But these leadership traits that he gets lauded with sometimes are insane. Fact is, when the going got tough, this guy cried, took his ball and went home.

  27. thingamajig says: Sep 7, 2016 11:23 AM

    6ball says:
    Sep 7, 2016 10:06 AM

    On the plus side for the Cardinals is game time temperature will be near 100°

    The Cards moved out of Sun Devil Stadium years ago. They now play in a domed stadium where the roof can either be open or closed, so the outside temperature doesn’t matter.

  28. nflgtcfl says: Sep 7, 2016 11:26 AM

    Has all the skill and is great of long stretches.

    But seems to melt down in big games.

    He did not just have a bad game to end the season.

    He was horrible for the last few weeks of the season.

    It has happened too many times to allow excuses or deny it.

  29. nhpats says: Sep 7, 2016 11:29 AM

    jag1959 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 9:54 AM
    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Sep 7, 2016 8:35 AM
    His last 3 games he had a passer rating of 65. The Cardinals lost to the Seahawks and Panthers, the only two good teams they played, by a combined 85-21.
    __________________

    No cherry picking there. Seattle also lost to Arizona and Carolina. The Cards defeated the ‘Hawks in their own house when it mattered and lost to them in a game that meant nothing to AZ. Outside of that garbage time win Seattle defeated 2 teams with winning records and lost twice to the Rams. I’m not a Cards fan but ’12’ logic cracks me up.

    ———–
    Not to mention the Seahawks would have lost to the Lions had the refs not botched a late-game call the gave the game to the Seahawks….. Yes that’s right…..The Lions.

  30. aj66shanghai says: Sep 7, 2016 11:30 AM

    Palmer’s playoff record is 1-4, the one win coming against Green Bay last season, and the team won that despite Palmer not because of him.

    That said, the Cardinals have an excellent roster overall and certainly exist in the top tier with Patriots, Panthers, Seahawks. Lots of people paid to have such opinions seem to think the Packers belong there too, but I don’t buy it at this point.

  31. jackedupboonie says: Sep 7, 2016 11:40 AM

    How many playoff wins does that give ol Palmer now?? Card fans have so many stipulations as to which games matter, I need a legend cheat sheet to keep track of all their excuses. Example 1 of 20(a beat down is what Seattle does to you once a annually , not a last minute win in Seattle where your quarterback lost his mind and pelvic thrusted the crowd he was so shocked at the win)

  32. bishopbengals says: Sep 7, 2016 11:41 AM

    The Bengals teams that he was on that weren’t that good were partly because of him Frostee. Stop being so bitter. He made very bad decisions that led to MANY interceptions. He injured his elbow (which wasn’t really his fault) but it caused the Bengals to have a rough year with Fitzpatrick. He lobbied for Terrell Owens and then went on to have a horrible year and went 4-12. It wasn’t Terrell’s fault, he actually had a great year that year. Fact is, Palmer only had one great season with Cincinnati and the rest were forgettable.

  33. jmc8888 says: Sep 7, 2016 11:49 AM

    The ignorance on this thread is amazing.

    Past this… bs (yeah because past is always prologue)
    Never been good.. bs (lol)
    He quit in Cinci… bs (They quit on him)
    Delhomme never bounched back… bs (No person is guaranteed the same path as another)

    It really shows how scared you morons are. You HOPE these things are true. You’re going to be really, really sad when they aren’t.

    Pulling out all the bs that has been PROVEN WRONG, but you still trot it out there like you have a point.

    Overlooking injury. Projecting 1 game = career.

    I have no problem with Palmer’s Carolina game. They had our number, and Palmer had to keep slinging, and he did.

    I’d rather have a guy who commits six turnovers trying, then one who quits.

    All the useless words on this site aren’t going to change how he plays, and yeah keep bashing ‘older’ QB’s. The best QB’s are all around his age or older.

    Who knows what happens this year, but overall the people on this thread who practice self-delusion are many.

    Some of you guys are practicing your Kaepernick. When you think you have a point, but in reality, you’re just stupid and ignorant.

  34. teal379 says: Sep 7, 2016 11:53 AM

    azcardsfan3 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 10:38 AM
    RegisHawk says:
    Sep 7, 2016 9:34 AM
    His history is that of losing playoff games…if he is to “bounce back” from anything, it’s accidentally winning one last year.

    What history???? He has only played in 3….His record is 1-2….Hardly a huge sample size to make such a blanket statement

    If he was 3-0 I bet you’d say he’s never lost a playoff game in his history tho….

    Historically speaking he DOES lose 66% of his playoff games. Small sample or large – it’s what it is.

  35. MichaelEdits says: Sep 7, 2016 11:54 AM

    Keep Pounding

  36. wartface says: Sep 7, 2016 12:09 PM

    Jimmy G will get a warm welcome as a starter in Phoenix… 4 sacks and 1 fumble. He may not be able to finish the game.🙈

    Our pass rush has been greatly improved this year.

    The cheating Pats are going home 0-1.😉

  37. RegisHawk says: Sep 7, 2016 1:29 PM

    …and when he’s not losing playoff games, he’s out injured and some lame backup is losing them for him. See: 2014.

  38. eagler927 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:11 PM

    Anyone who points to Palmer’s playoff records is a moron. The dude got knocked out of his first playoff game on a cheap shot in the first quarter. He’s 1-1 in Arizona which is really all that’s relevant.

    I’m sure he suddenly melted down and got old in a 3 week stretch. The 100 plus qb rating, 4700 yards, 35 ads, 11 ints, yeah he really sucked last year! Did any of you geniuses consider that maybe dislocating a finger on his throwing hand against the Packers actually affected him? I guess it’s just a coincidence that his numbers dropped dramatically after injury. He will never admit it but that injury affected the way he threw the ball. It was obvious to those of us that watch the Cardinals every week. Palmer isn’t going to make excuses, so he said it wasn’t his finger. Myself and others beg to differ.

    As for this season he’s fine and is throwing the ball just as well as did last season before the injury

  39. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Sep 7, 2016 4:31 PM

    azcardsfan3 says:

    Seem to forget the BEATING your Seachickens took at HOME by Carson Palmer & the Cardinals.
    ——————————————————————–
    Oh, a 7-point win in which the Cardinals got 17 points of 14 penalties. That “beating?”

    35-6 is a “beating.”
    36-6 is a “beating.”

    3 out of four by a combined score of 122-54 is a “beating.”

    I think perhaps the word “beating” does not mean what you think it does.

  40. Fartimus Prime says: Sep 7, 2016 6:18 PM

    Hey Seattle fans, why aren’t you counting all of the games from last year?

    Arizona easily won the division last year, by winning three more games that counted than Seattle. Arizona went farther than Seattle in the playoffs last year because Arizona won more games. According to the games that counted, Seattle was the easily worse of the two.

    Now you can take your second place team and go back to being defensive and posting on other team’s threads.

  41. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Sep 8, 2016 11:05 AM

    wartface says:

    Jimmy G will get a warm welcome as a starter in Phoenix… 4 sacks and 1 fumble. He may not be able to finish the game.🙈

    Our pass rush has been greatly improved this year.
    ——————————————————————
    I’m continually amused by this narrative. What is it based on?

    Freeny had 8 sacks in 11 starts last year. He’s gone. You traded for Jones, a player with a drug problem that the Patriots couldn’t wait to unload on you. He had 12.5 in 15 games (1 game missed because of drug problems). That’s the same pace. Your first round pick, Nkemdiche, barely played in the pre-season and is far behind in terms of practice reps. How exactly is the Cardinals pass rush “improved?”

  42. RegisHawk says: Sep 8, 2016 11:35 AM

    If owning the NFC West 7 out of 14 years (and your sorry team the majority of the time) is second place, the Cards don’t qualify as members at all.

  43. 1historian says: Sep 8, 2016 12:44 PM

    He’s way past his prime and the decline is accelerating, and he shoots his mouth off about #12.

    Pats’ d linemen – we’re counting on you.

    23-14 Pats.

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