Carson Palmer: You can’t let one game define you

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Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer had one of the worst days of his career the last time he was on the field.

Palmer turned the ball over six times in a 49-15 loss to the Panthers in the NFC championship game, ending what had been a great season individually and as a team on a very bad note. Palmer said after the game that he felt like he let the team down, but says now that he hasn’t let the sour finish linger into the offseason.

“You just turn the page,” Palmer said, via the Arizona Republic. “You have to. There is no dwelling. There is no feeling sorry for yourself. There is no locking yourself in a closet. I’ve played 150-something games. You can’t let one game define you. You just have to move on.”

Palmer had a particularly bad day against Carolina, but it’s not the first time he’s come up short in the postseason. That’s left a question about whether Palmer will ever get the big playoff success that’s missing from his resume, something he calls “a good pressure” as he prepares for his 14th NFL season with an Arizona team that again looks built to compete at the highest level.

78 responses to “Carson Palmer: You can’t let one game define you

  1. He and the Cardinals will never admit it, but there is little doubt he was (still) adversely affected by the dislocated index finger on his throwing hand vs. Eagles just a few weeks before Panthers game.

    If the Cards can figure out their offensive line (Shipley at center and Humphries at right tackle are unknown quantities), they’ll be in the hunt again in 2016.

    It’s 2017 I’m worried about. Lots of deals to get done; lots of players at end of career with tough decisions to make for Keim and company.

  2. Cardinals are a much better team this year than last. Additions of Chandler Jones and Evan Mathis…they’re going to be back …get ready for a show!!! They’re my bet to rep the NFC in the Super Bowl.

  3. Didn’t Carson quit after his personal disaster that was the Carolina game? When the going gets tough his pattern of behavior is to quit.

  4. At least he didn’t show he was a coward in front of millions of people by jumping away from his own fumble as if it was a ticking bomb…

  5. Plenty of blame to go around in that game, from an injured index finger on his throwing hand that he hadn’t recovered from, to a complete letdown by the defense and no pass rush, to superstar Patrick Peterson trying to over-do it and fumbling away a punt just as AZ was back in the game which would have given them great field position.

    Cards won 13 games and have now had an “A” grade off-season with retaining their critical free agents plus adding Tyron Branch, Evan Mathis and Chandler Jones, as the rest of the NFC West weakened. Palmer and the Cards going all in to get to the Super Bowl.

  6. One game can define a career. Joe Namath is in the hall of fame for it. Were it not for his SB – he’d be an afterthought in the NFL.

  7. Not a Cards fan or NFC either, but there’s a lot of teams out there that would be much better off with Palmer.

    He’s good.
    Problem is; when you get deep in the playoffs you are facing the best of the best QB’s and he’s 1 notch below them, so the cards would have to do it Bronco style and have a stifling defense.

  8. Carson Palmer is one of those guys… Like Jay Cutler… Everyone talks about how good he is, but why? Mark Sanchez has arguably had more successful career, and he used to work for Rex freakin’ Ryan.

  9. I agree that one game shouldn’t define anyone, but in Palmer’s case, it’s the history of ineptitude in big games that does.

  10. @teal379

    You might wanna do a little research son. Namath was a star AND a huge part of the merger of the NFL and afl

  11. True, Carson, but your alma mater most definitely defines you: USC (Palmer, The Sanchize, Matt Cassel, John David Boo-tay, Matt Barkley et al.) We get the idea, but do you, Carson? tee-hee-hee

  12. MichaelEdits says:
    Mar 20, 2016 10:56 AM
    He didn’t play any worse than Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl

    He didn’t play in a, or the, Superbowl. EVER. World Champion Peyton Manning bruh. Deal with it.

  13. Not just one game. He was terrible against the Packers and horrible against Carolina. He was unbelievably skittish in those games and couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn.

    Seems like a good guy, so I hope he gets over the nervousness, but I would never put money on him in a playoff game.

  14. crappygovernment says:
    Mar 20, 2016 10:48 AM
    NFL Playoff wins: Tebow 1, Carson Palmer 1
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    1 is still playing, the other is a blind squirrel who managed to find a nut. No comparison

  15. Maybe it was that injured finger, but that was one of the worst performances I’ve ever seen by a QB. It was hard to watch someone completely fall apart like that on the big stage.

  16. Gag artist, brittle, and has the luxury of having a great WR group. Just doesn’t have the killers mentality to get past the best. Wont be surprised if he’s all banged up by the end of the season AGAIN and chokes when in matters. Go Carson go!

  17. I love how national media hero Bruce Arians said they weren’t going to make any excuses right before he started making excuses about Palmer’s finger injury. Palmer is a terrific QB when the stakes are the lowest.

  18. He’s right. I believe it took Jake Delhomme two spectacular playoff flameouts before people wrote him off entirely.

  19. briang123 says:
    Mar 20, 2016 12:46 PM
    I love how national media hero Bruce Arians said they weren’t going to make any excuses right before he started making excuses about Palmer’s finger injury. Palmer is a terrific QB when the stakes are the lowest.

    llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

    …..according to the Man they affectionately call BM

  20. His finger was an issue. Anyone with a brain can see his accuracy suffered and timing as well… after his finger issue. Could he still play. Yep. But it wasn’t nearly the same Palmer after.

    The protection was also an issue. What the Broncos did to the Panthers, the Panthers did the Cardinals in NFC championship game. We’ve seen every QB face that from time to time, and it isn’t pretty. Especially a guy who is going to keep slinging it because it’s the NFC championship game.

    The playcalling was an issue. Bruce Arians is a good playcaller. But like everyone, sometimes he isn’t. He wasn’t that day.

    You can’t put it all on him. Good teams have bad days.

    Of course Arians was going to say his finger wasn’t an issue. What do you think he was going to say? I love how morons believe Arians or ANY COACH would truthfully tell the other team a weakness. Some people blame Arians for that. I say, those people are morons for believing he meant that truthfully.

    What’s next… you gonna believe a NFL GM when he talks about the draft from now until the draft? Same fricking thing morons.

    You know who was bad in big games? Peyton Manning. Look it up. His playoff record is horrible. But he managed to get two Superbowls. So unlike what the morons think, none of this is pre-ordained. You get in, you take your shot, and someone has to lose… even good players and good teams.

    But no… morons can’t think straight, it’s all or nothing with those simpletons.

  21. I understand all the hype for the Cardinals but I truly believe Palmers 2015 season was his curtain call on being somewhat effective. Had a decent run and Cardinal fans are going to see a rag arm Palmer this season. JMO

  22. Well I’m glad HE turned the page. As a long time season ticket holder, I am still pretty pissed that the guy can play great all season and then pull such a major choke job. If he’s going to choke again the next time the spotlight is on him, Cardinals are doomed, sadly.

  23. Cardinals better do some serious work and draft a young QB – Palmer might be good for half a season now after his injury history and the stink job he put up the last part of the season. He’s on his way out, and what will they do after he’s gone – Drew Stanton? Arians didn’t even believe in him enough to let him play a couple of games after Palmer got hurt to let him heal.

  24. I can’t but you as sure can. It must be a Cincinnati karma thing. Anderson, boomer, klinger, Akili smith, Carson and now dalton.

    We’ll see cause zone is loaded and might need to make this there year considering contracts coming up and whether the team drafts a Dax Prescitt or Paxton Lynch this year to take over next year.

  25. rickybobbie says:
    Mar 20, 2016 10:59 AM
    Didn’t Carson quit after his personal disaster that was the Carolina game? When the going gets tough his pattern of behavior is to quit.
    ——————-
    He musta caught that disease from Lil Erin.

  26. finsguy says:
    Mar 20, 2016 11:44 AM

    Unless you’re Joe Namath
    ______________
    love Joe, but boy is that the truth … career QB rating of 65, Palmer is a first ballot HOF compared to Namath.

  27. That one game looked a lot like the one game that defined Jake Delhome. Jake was never the same and Carson probably won’t be the same either.

  28. nhpats says:
    Mar 20, 2016 11:01 AM
    At least he didn’t show he was a coward in front of millions of people by jumping away from his own fumble as if it was a ticking bomb…

    LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    …..tick tock, tick tock…. lol

    If he didn’t show heart in the biggest game of his life, When will he…. tick tock, tick tock….. LOL

  29. good luck with that Carson…you’ve been branded buddy…the Cardinals will never win a Superbowl with you as the staring QB….mark it…

  30. arzcardinals says:

    Cardinals are a much better team this year than last. Additions of Chandler Jones and Evan Mathis…they’re going to be back …get ready for a show!!! They’re my bet to rep the NFC in the Super Bowl.
    ———————————————————-
    It’s not that the Cardinals window is closed, it’s that it was never open as long as Palmer was the QB. Cardinals have $49 million invested in 3 declining players over 30 (Campbell, Palmer & Fitz), their best defensive back is on crutches after his 2nd catastrophic knee injury in 4 years, they don’t have a 2nd round draft pick and the pass rusher they just acquired has a drug problem and is probably one toke away from a 1-year suspension. And your QB is career long choke who went for the full Gannon against the only 2 good teams he faced, losing 36-6 at home and 49-15 on the road

    The Seahawks conversely return 9-11 starters and 10-11 backups on the #1 defense in the NFL and 8-11 starters on the #5 offense in the NFL. They also have 9 draft picks including 5 in the top 125 picks and 4 in the first 100. And their QB is the best player in the NFL.

    With the transitional issues that bogged the Seahawks down at the beginning of the year last season, the Cardinals are looking at maybe 9-7 and scratching for a wild card birth. That’s if they don’t have any injuries.

  31. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Mar 20, 2016 2:45 PM

    arzcardinals says:

    Cardinals are a much better team this year than last. Additions of Chandler Jones and Evan Mathis…they’re going to be back …get ready for a show!!! They’re my bet to rep the NFC in the Super Bowl.
    ———————————————————-
    It’s not that the Cardinals window is closed, it’s that it was never open as long as Palmer was the QB. Cardinals have $49 million invested in 3 declining players over 30 (Campbell, Palmer & Fitz), their best defensive back is on crutches after his 2nd catastrophic knee injury in 4 years, they don’t have a 2nd round draft pick and the pass rusher they just acquired has a drug problem and is probably one toke away from a 1-year suspension. And your QB is career long choke who went for the full Gannon against the only 2 good teams he faced, losing 36-6 at home and 49-15 on the road

    The Seahawks conversely return 9-11 starters and 10-11 backups on the #1 defense in the NFL and 8-11 starters on the #5 offense in the NFL. They also have 9 draft picks including 5 in the top 125 picks and 4 in the first 100. And their QB is the best player in the NFL.

    With the transitional issues that bogged the Seahawks down at the beginning of the year last season behind them, the Cardinals are looking at maybe 9-7 and scratching for a wild card birth. That’s if they don’t have any injuries.

  32. You can never compare Palmer to Jay Cutler….Jay is a baller, he runs over DBs ain’t scared to get in the thick of things plus pull up his 4th QTR QBR and 4th QTR comebacks…..he’s a decent QB and now since Bears are getting a D….watch out!!!!!

  33. If you look at his entire career. When the game is not on the line he looks great. When the pressure is on he is guaranteed to throw a pick or two. Cardinals will never get to a championship with Palmer.

  34. We are talking here about the same Carson Palmer out of Southern Cal – right. The Carson Palmer that has NEVER, repeat NEVER won anything meaningful. That Carson Palmer.

    He is quite correct that one should not let ONE game define them. They shouldn’t. What he omits is that his one CAREER has defined him. And he can’t walk past nor escape that reality.

    Regular season, he, like Peyton is a joy to watch – among the best – however – there’s that “other” time that really counts. Oh Well!

  35. Says the guy who said, “it’s only a matter of time before a player dies of injury on the field.”

  36. I love the fact that Seahawks trolls feel the need to post on every Cardinals article. It shows you how insecure they are about being in 2nd place to the Cards in 2014 and 2015 when Carson is healthy. The Seahawks simply haven’t won as much as Carson the last two years, and have to lie to themselves to feel better about.

  37. Why do we even call them the Seattle Seahawks ???

    They aren’t any more…

    The team name is Rusell Wilson

    If he gets hurt….it destroys that team more than Tony Romo dropping in Dallas.

  38. kendallbrettblog says:
    Mar 20, 2016 4:56 PM
    NFC is a joke! Card’s are going to walk to the SB this year.

    LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    …Now THAT’s Funny…. LOL

  39. THX 138 and to the rest of you that said yes or the less of Palmer.
    You can if you are dumb enough to not realize the player (in this case Palmer) wasn’t 100%. His finger on his throwing hand was taped which his hard enough to throw and hold on the ball with but was also broken and very badly dislocated a few weeks ago. Only a short sided moron (i don’t like to name call but you can only get through to some people this way intros day and age) wouldn’t understand what impact that had on Palmer. He MAYBE would have lost won. Cards would have won the game with 3 less turn overs. See the difference before the injury and after. Probably not because you only watch your own team, don’t read injury reports on the other team or understand anything about football other than the final score. Go watch golf, its the one sport your brain can handle. they hit, you applaud and move to the next hole.

  40. If he was hurt then after the 2nd turnover he should’ve left game that’s why they pay no. 2 QB….he was horrible against GB if not for Fitz they would’ve lost to Pack….no excuses..when u step on that field n play whole game…no excuses!

  41. boogerhut says:
    Mar 20, 2016 12:05 PM

    MichaelEdits says:
    Mar 20, 2016 10:56 AM
    He didn’t play any worse than Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl

    He didn’t play in a, or the, Superbowl. EVER. World Champion Peyton Manning bruh. Deal with it.
    _________________________________

    Last time Peyton Manning PLAYED in a SB was in 2010 when he telegraphed that Pick6 to lose the game to the Saints.

    He sure as hell didn’t PLAY in the last one.

    Carson is like Pey-Me Junior, always chokes when the lights are brightest. But at least he wasn’t caught red-handed shootin HGH

  42. Yes you can, and it’s not 1 game. He has the Romo effect, “sucks under pressure”. Unable to play the big game. Like him but he is not the guy we need in AZ.

  43. Yes Carson choked in the NFCC game but so did Brady in the AFCC game. In fact Brady had a better team around him than Carson did yet Brady gets a pass. Deflategate revenge tour that never was.

  44. Anyone else find it humorous that Seahawks’ fans are chiding other teams about choking under pressure? Apparently they never watched the Super Bowl against the Patriots or the first half of the 2015 season.

  45. I have no doubt AZ will be back in the mix with Palmer at the helm. He is a very good QB and they have a great coach. As for the injury, yes, I do believe it did cause problems those last two games. As for the comparison to good ol’ JC in Chicago, there isn’t any, rolltide1blog, Palmer doesn’t make excuses while all anyone does, and has been doing for Cutler’s career is make excuses for him since DAY ONE! He stayed in the game, unlike a certain QB who didn’t a few years back, remember that???
    And then he was seen out with teammates going down a flight of stairs for dinner because he was so injured he couldn’t finish the Championship Game??

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