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Thanks For Nothing, Carson Palmer

I know…I know. One player is no more responsible for a team’s failure than he is for its success. And I’m fully aware Carson Palmer entered a football house of pain when he was traded to the Oakland Raiders. No matter what things were going to end this way with CP3.

And I’m also aware that Palmer didn’t negotiate the hideous trade Hue Jackson orchestrated out of desperation. So I’m not laying all the blame for the Raiders’ woes during the Palmer era on Carson.

That said it is very revealing that Palmer’s record as a starter in Oakland is 8-16 whereas JaMarcus Russell notched a 7-18 mark during his tumultuous tenure.

It’s also undeniable that Palmer was as horrible in the clutch as Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer was in court. Some losing causes just aren’t worth fighting for. And that’s pretty much how Palmer played when the game was on the line.

Cue the typical Palmer apologist comments now…

He threw for 4,000 yards with no receivers.

Yeah, but most of those yards were between the 20s, not inside of them where QBs earn their paychecks. The red zone isn’t just a bonus level on Metal Gear.

But Carson was a hard worker.

So is Tim Tebow. For once can we just all agree that the overwhelming majority of men that make a career out of playing pro ball work hard? To quote Chris Rock “whatcha want a cookie?”

Palmer had to play in that hideous Greg Knapp offense.


All things considered Palmer was an absolute failure in Oakland. The team regressed on his watch and no matter whose fault that was is irrelevant. Dude was supposed to be a franchise QB. Franchise QBs find ways to win when the game is on the line. They don’t massage the rock during a two minute drill. They don’t throw pick sixes in the clutch. They don’t rack up pointless stats when the outcome is no longer in doubt. And they certainly don’t refuse a pay cut from one bad team just to take one for another bad team.

Most of all they don’t get traded for a 7th round pick.

Thanks for nothing, Carson Palmer.

I’m not taking the high road just because he did. My best friends are good guys too. But if they stunk it up on Sundays in Silver and Black I’d say the same thing. Have we forgotten the Raider motto?

Just…what, baby?

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  • TracyJon Stapleman

    He had some great moments as a Bengal. What happened?

  • Matt Russell

    ill take pleasure in watching him get ploughed over behind the worst offensive line in the NFL next year.

  • Pridenpoise

    I think Carson will do well in Arizona , and all the people that want to lay all the blame for the teams woes will see, the raiders just didn’t have the weapons to help him. Our receivers regressed last year, McFadden was terrible ( which I blame on Knapp and the ZBS). When Dennis Allen was hired they should have kept Hues Offence in place (if it ain’t broke). I think the Raiders would have been a lot more successful hade they done this. With that being said I think Palmer was an A$&hole for not taking a salary reduction and helping the team out, and then goes to Arizona and takes less money. Time will tell if Flynn was wise Decision , I am not sold on him but I would like him to prove me wrong.

  • CognizantImpiety

    The best thing to do about Carson is whip the bejesus out of AZ this season.

  • Jerry Braswell

    I was excited when Palmer joined the Raiders because I thought they had a good chance to make the playoffs. The Miami game as I recall started their downhill spin and they haven’t been the same since. I’m not just blaming Palmer because the defense gave up a lot of big plays but he didn’t get the job done. I’m glad he’s gone and I’m looking forward to seeing what Flynn and Pryor can do. I think the future looks good!

  • Max Paik

    Very nice read, I like that he used an outsiders rebuttle leaving those skeptical speechless. Just Flynn Baby!

  • Ricky Bobby

    That was beautiful. Sad thing is, Reggie brought in another sad sack to be the starter in Matt Flynn.
    QB competition my AZZ!!