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Carson Palmer Trade Can Only Be Viewed As Failure


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.

Tags: Carson Palmer Oakland Raiders

  • http://twitter.com/Da_R8derMan Lupe R

    Are you saying it’s all Palmers Fault?? Give me a break this article is nothing but a bunch of BS. Palmer is on a record breaking pace, he has done nothing but work hard to make this team better. For you to say it’s a total failure is nonsense!

  • David Echard

    Spot On. Palmer is nothing but a stat collector. Has never been a winner his entire career and will never lead the Raiders to anything.

  • James Wade

    You have been anti CP3 this whole season. Did you watch Jason Campbell last night? Palmer is the reason this pathetic team can even move the ball. Look at pre and post Palmer numbers. Wins against weak opponents are all Jason had going.

  • jon..

    This guys an idiot.. Palmer is the only reason we have 3 wins to speak of..notice the only time we win is when palmer runs the no huddle.. get a clue stupid..

  • jon..

    Dropped balls,Gregg Knapp,crap offensive line,veteran d line players pulling stupid rookie penalties.. these are the problems, not palmer..

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  • Blu Spikes

    R U kidding me Palmer is the reason for the Raider mud slide.R U on DRUGS? Palmer is the bright spot on the Raider offense, He is the foundation they lean on, he gets hit, mugged, mauled and gets up and delivers a strike to a young receiver. Yes, he throws interceptions, and a pick 6 in the last few games that were ralley killers.No running game McFadden always hurt Can run down hill, but no slip n his hip. Where is Bush when you need him-Oh I forgot we traded him to Chicago, Duh! Failure you tool he will be the Raider MVP at the end of the year.

  • Ruth Lange

    Palmer is far from the problem sloppy play penalties coaching & management Is The Problem . If they can’t show uppractice and play like they want to be there kick them loose!!!

  • Ruth Lange

    WRONG!