Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer doesn’t seem to care all that much if he’s getting on the nerves of some of his teammates.
According to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com and SiriusXM NFL radio, Palmer wants to lead by example and doesn’t care if he’s making many friends in the process as long as the team produces on the field.
“I haven’t really worried about whether guys are buying in,” Palmer said in an interview with Marvez and Gil Brandt on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I’m going to lead by example and vocally. I’m going to run the offense and do what I have to do. I’m not going to worry about maybe making people uncomfortable or stepping on toes.
“That’s not my job to worry about that. My job is to worry about making sure we’re in the best circumstance possible on each play, make sure I’m doing things right, and the young guys are watching me and seeing me do things right.”
Palmer should be a sizable upgrade at quarterback for the Cardinals this season from the revolving door disaster of Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer last season. Palmer hasn’t been in the playoffs since 2009 with the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s 33 years old and knows he may not have many more opportunities to lead a team to the postseason.
Palmer just wants to win and doesn’t care if he’s everyone’s favorite person if he can lead the Cardinals to victories this fall.