Since the season ended Carson Palmer has been eager to get back to work. Perhaps trying to make up for the time he missed during his self-imposed exile Palmer hasn’t had much of an “offseason” at all. He’s been working out with his receivers, giving countless interviews and spreading the silver and black gospel to all those willing to listen.
The biggest splash Palmer made this offseason was to proclaim the Raiders as Super Bowl contenders. Only problem is he made the claim well before all of the dust had settled on Reggie McKenzie’s rebuilding project. Hopefully Palmer wasn’t factoring Kamerion Wimbley as a part of that Lombardi formula.
Another flaw in Palmer’s prediction was that he had yet to pick up a playbook from new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. But being the proactive QB he is Palmer did manage to make contact with both Matt Schaub and fellow Trojan Matt Leinart to get the dirt on Knapp’s offensive philosophies.
No matter what you may think of Palmer’s Super Bowl prognostication one thing is for sure. He’s doing all he can to make it come true. At least in the offseason sense he is.
Today the Oakland Raiders are permitted to have formal meetings between the coaches and players. For the first time Dennis Allen will address his roster as head coach. Thanks to the rules ironed out in the new CBA teams with new head coaches are permitted extra days of the offseason program. Palmer is going to need all the added time he can get.
As if it weren’t hectic enough to learn a new offense in the middle of the season now Palmer is back to square one. After seeing how Palmer went at it to learn the playbook in a short period of time last season there is no reason to assume he won’t have the offense down cold come time for training camp to begin.
As for his assertion that the Raiders are Super Bowl contenders…well…let’s just wait and see. I’d settle for getting a playoff birth first. Anything beyond that will be an added bonus.