By now you’ve heard that Al Saunders kinda, sorta, might could possibly have spilled the beans. It’s not really a surprise that Hue Jackson is considering starting Carson Palmer within days of becoming a Raider. Just ask Aaron Curry about that. However with CP3 (no disrespect to Chris Paul) it is a much different scenario.
Curry was at least playing football this season prior to slipping into a Silver and Black uniform. Palmer has been tossing the rock and taking mental reps while awaiting his fate to be decided by Mike Brown.
Still that isn’t slowing Coach Jackson’s roll. If you saw his presser yesterday then you know there are toddlers out there that do a better job hiding their excitement on Christmas morning than he did. Can’t blame the guy though. It’s not everyday you lose your starting QB only to turn around and land another quality starter.
Even tough Palmer looks likely to start there should be some serious consideration taken before handing him the job.
Now I’m not advocating starting Kyle Boller just because he’s familiar. We all know Boller isn’t going to get this team to the playoffs without Darren McFadden playing lights out every week. That doesn’t mean that Palmer is a sure bet by any means. He’s got plenty of work to do before being up to speed.
Getting in shape is one thing. Getting into football shape is an entirely different beast.
Palmer hasn’t played in some time and he hasn’t played at a high level in quite some time. Not trying to relieve myself in Coach Jackson’s Apple Jacks but all that excitement must be tempered with realistic expectations.
If Palmer starts this Sunday it will be because he gives the Raiders the best shot at victory. Rushing him out there just to see the shiny new toy do it’s thing would be ill advised. The Raiders might feel like they’re playing on house money but taking the Chiefs lightly is a sure way to make the AFC West a three horse race.
Overall I love Coach Jackson’s enthusiasm and swagger. His approach is long overdue in Oakland. That being said, when it comes to Palmer the slow and steady method is best. I have no doubt whoever is calling signals on Sunday will be the best man for the job. I just hope that man…cough…Palmer…cough… is as prepared as possible. You can’t ask for much more than that.