The term you keep hearing around the Oakland Raiders these days is patience. That’s what Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen want to shove down the throats of an angry and long suffering fan base. Problem is patience went out the window when Hue Jackson shoved all his chips into the Carson Palmer pile.
At no fault of McKenzie’s, Jackson was out to win in the immediate future.
Therein lays the biggest problem with this season. The Oakland Raiders are caught between two contrasting ideals on the state of the franchise. Jackson was out win yesterday, McKenzie seems focused on winning later.
No matter which philosophy is more grounded in the true state of the franchise one thing is undeniable – the Carson Palmer trade has been an absolute failure.
Trading for Palmer was a knee jerk reaction meant to keep the then 4-2 Raiders on pace for a playoff birth. As we know Palmer had moments of brilliance but throwing 16 INTs in only 7 starts will never be confused with winning football. Neither will constantly changing coaches and offenses every other year but that’s what the Raiders did once again this past offseason.
So Palmer digested a new playbook, worked like a mad man during the offseason and has put up some impressive numbers including setting a few team records for the Silver and Black. Of course there is only one record that matters for quarterbacks in this league.
As Oakland’s starting QB the Raiders are 7-13 with Palmer under center.
That obviously isn’t winning football and the stats hide what has truly plagued Palmer. He has brain farts even JaMarcus Russell thinks are embarrassing. Twice this season Palmer has thrown costly interceptions in late game situations including a pick-six in Atlanta that deep-sixed what could have been Palmer’s signature win as a Raider. He’s also had the knack for racking up huge stats in otherwise meaningless contests.
Overall there is no other way to look at the Palmer trade as being anything but a failure. The move was made to win now and it’s devolved into a full blown franchise reboot. Not all of that is Palmer’s fault but his performance certainly hasn’t been worth the value of two high draft picks and all the continued disappointments on Sundays.