With all of the changes that Reggie McKenzie’s arrival has already brought to the Oakland Raiders it was more than justified to wonder whether or not Carson Palmer would be the signal caller in 2012. Today, we got an answer to that question. During Dennis Allen’s introductory presser both he and McKenzie voiced their support for staying the course with Carson.
Let’s just be honest though. There really isn’t any other way to go right about now.
Hue Jackson placed such a high value on Palmer that the Raiders have almost no other choice but to try and get a return on their investment. Plus the Raiders are on the hook for major coin having deferred most of Palmer’s 2011 salary to the next year. Combine those notions with the fact that there aren’t that many accomplished and capable QBs out there and you’ve got yourself a perfect storm for keeping Carson.
Despite his moments of madness Palmer put up some impressive numbers, the likes of which haven’t been seen by an Oakland passing game in years. Initially it was a learning process as Palmer arrived in a hurried fashion going from his couch to NFL action in no time flat. Once Al Saunders and Palmer had some time together the Raiders began to open the playbook.
It became routine to see Palmer running a no-huddle, calling plays at the line and making last second changes in protection. That type of competency is rare in the NFL. Not to mention Raider receivers like Darrius Heyward-Bey having breakout seasons.
All in all there is just no other direction to go. Starting all over again at QB would be a sure indication of rebuilding. That is a word no member of Raider Nation wants to hear spoken. Not after two consecutive years of improved play.
While Allen has a defensive background he made reference to the Raiders playing a more up-tempo style of offense. Perhaps he’ll adapt some of the principles that went over so well during his time in New Orleans. Certainly the Raiders have the talent to be an elite offense, especially if Darren McFadden can stay healthy.
With the QB situation settled – for now – the attention turns to just who will be calling the plays for the offense. As it stands Al Saunders is still under contract and the official JBB take is that Allen should keep Saunders in the fold. There was no indication one way or the other made today as to just which way Allen is leaning. Of course he’s got an entire staff to fill out so the offensive coordinator position is just one piece of the puzzle at the moment.