Carson Palmer: “I’m pretty good” at mentoring a young QB

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If the Cardinals weren’t already thinking about life after Carson Palmer, the brief uncertainty about whether he’d return for the 2017 season likely forced the issue squarely onto their radar heading into the offseason.

They’re looking at the top prospects in this year’s draft and General Manager Steve Keim told us on PFT Live recently that Palmer is down with serving as a mentor to a rookie that they bring into the fold. Over the weekend, Palmer said that Jon Kitna played that role for him when he arrived in the NFL with the Bengals and that he feels he’ll be able to play it as well as Kitna did.

“Not to float my own boat, but I think I’m pretty good at it,” Palmer said, via ArizonaSports.com. “I know I’ve had many great mentors and role models and guys to look up to; guys I’ve learned a lot from so I know how to approach being that guy and I’ve been doing it for a long time.”

It’s easier to be a mentor when you’re not wondering if the younger player will be supplanting you in the lineup. Kitna didn’t have to worry about that with Palmer because he knew the first overall pick in the draft would be starting when ready and Palmer knows that whoever he mentors will be succeeding him rather than forcing him out of the lineup in Arizona.

20 responses to “Carson Palmer: “I’m pretty good” at mentoring a young QB

  1. That’s what Kurt Warner said…then he met Colin Kaepernick…I hope he gave that money back…

  2. Trubisky or Mahomes would be ok, really like Mason Rudolph next year but Palmer will probably retire after this year.

  3. Can anyone think of a QB who played behind Palmer and then went on to NFL success? How can you say you’re good at something when you’ve never done it?

  4. Well lets see; just off the top of my head the previous QBs he’s ‘mentored’ at AZ are Max Hall, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, Logan Thomas…. HOFers all. The Cards have nothing to worry about!

  5. Its kind of odd to rate yourself at anything, unless you have a strong track record but most ratings about a person should come from other people regardless of what field we are discussing. Palmer was a good QB for a long time, I dont recall any of his backups becoming very good starting QBs. The best mentors are usually the career backups because they accept their role soak up alot of info and know mentoring is part of being a veteran backup. Palmer hasnt really shown any regret for forcing his way of out Cincy years ago, and I dont think that was a good look for him. Although it did help Cincy alot thanks to Hue Jackson.

  6. “fordmandalay says:
    Mar 27, 2017 11:58 AM
    Well lets see; just off the top of my head the previous QBs he’s ‘mentored’ at AZ are Max Hall, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, Logan Thomas…. HOFers all. The Cards have nothing to worry about!”

    Oh good another know-nothing commenter on PFT.

    Palmer was traded for after Keim took over as GM and Arians as HC. Hall and Skelton were gone, Lindley a QB3 hand me down who was released. Logan Thomas was drafted as a project and infamously said “No I’m good” when Palmer offered to begin taking him in one on one to watch game film together and work on his game. Lindley was brought back for a short stint at the end of the season where Thomas wasn’t ready as a rookie and Palmer and QB2 were both injured. He was let go after, and Thomas didn’t last long in AZ. Palmer is meticulous at preparation and a great example and leader to the younger QBs. Consumate professional.

  7. fordmandalay says:
    Mar 27, 2017 11:58 AM

    Well lets see; just off the top of my head the previous QBs he’s ‘mentored’ at AZ are Max Hall, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, Logan Thomas…. HOFers all. The Cards have nothing to worry about!

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    Really? Might want to do some research on that.

    Max Hall, Skelton, Ryan Lindley were all cut BEFORE Palmer became a Cardinal. (now Lindley was brought back to spot start at the end of the year in the season Palmer blew out his ACL). So yeah, 3/4th of your ‘proof’ was made up. Nice job. We’ll listen to you from now on.

  8. “not to float my own boat but I’m pretty good at it”
    -LOL! That’s called floating it AND waving at passers by – and to the media so the equivalent of also floating that boat to where the passers-by might be….

    Well, he can teach the young uns how to quit, how to be average, how to be selfish, and how to troll opponents and give them bulletin board material (such as to the Pats last year) and then lose to them (in Arizona, and without Brady). And then how to be selfish and quitty all over again.

  9. newmarketmaulers says:
    Mar 27, 2017 11:19 AM

    What is the first lesson, how to quit on the team you dont like playing for?

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    Are you offering up suggestions based on your own experience?

    Because Cinci and Oakland quit on him.

    Cinci didn’t want to commit to him and had a difference in philosophy and drafted his replacement (that’s Cinci quitting on HIM).

    We’ll hear more someday from Palmer on that account. But from here alot of it sounds like an arrogant owner/gm situation getting pissed at Palmer for speaking his mind and the rest ensued. But people can believe he ‘quit’ because he’s a ‘quitter’ if that soothes their ego and makes sense in their small mind.

    Raiders wanted him to convert his guaranteed money so they could cut him and not owe him anything. Now why would they want to do that? As they wanted him to do this, they signed the great Matt Flynn. Yeah, Matt Flynn. Great job Reggie. If Carr didn’t land in your lap you’d still be remembered for Clipboard Jesus and Matt Flynn.

    In other words, the Raiders wanted to cut Palmer and get out from his contract so they could get Matt Flynn. He told them where to stick it, as he wasn’t going to get rid of his guarantees. Who would? They then traded him to the Cardinals for a 7th round pick that could convey into a 6th round (which it did).

    Yeah… he quit. He can offer advice. Why don’t people ever start learning facts?

  10. @jmc888 – you asked “how about people start learning facts?”

    Let’s start with you. Cinci did not draft his replacement until he told everyone he was going to retire instead of play for the Bengals.

  11. jmc8888 says:

    Because Cinci and Oakland quit on him.

    Cinci didn’t want to commit to him and had a difference in philosophy and drafted his replacement (that’s Cinci quitting on HIM).

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    Palmer announced that he wanted out and would retire in January and The Bengals drafted Andy Dalton in April. He quit on them. I don’t blame him for quitting on them (they had just re-upped marvin lewis and I think Palmer was tired of the mediocrity), but he absolutely bailed on them. He had one of the highest QB contracts at the time and still had 4 years left on his deal when he quit, so saying they didn’t want to commit to him is an outright lie.

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