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Palmer and battling the NFC West

Posted by Darren Urban on June 12, 2015 – 10:40 am

The health of Carson Palmer is the linchpin to the Cardinals’ 2015 season. No one is disputing that, which is why it’s been so important for Palmer to get back on the field and why his full return in minicamp generated the headlines it did. It also (obviously) would make an impact on the NFC West race. Right after the season, Bruce Arians was asked about battling Seattle going forward.

“I’d like to play them with a first-string quarterback,” Arians said. “We beat them with our first-string quarterback. We didn’t get the chance to play them this year with our first-string quarterback.”

The fact is, the Cardinals hardly got any play from Palmer against their division rivals. Because of the schedule and thanks to the shoulder injury that cut down Palmer’s season early before the knee got him late, Palmer played a little more than three of a possible 24 quarters against the Rams, 49ers and Seahawks. That’s a tough way to maneuver through a difficult division. (The Cardinals ended up going 3-3 in six division games, rallying behind a Drew Stanton TD pass to beat the Rams in the one game Palmer did get to play.)

Palmer plans to change that in 2015, of course. While he only got six starts last season, Palmer was healthy in 2013, not only starting every game but taking every snap. If he can manage that again — or at least come close to it, since taking every single snap doesn’t necessarily have to happen — it’ll give the Cards even footing in the NFC West.

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8 Responses to “Palmer and battling the NFC West”

  1. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Jun 12, 2015 | Reply

    John Clayton take: Commish is backed up post deflategate, Brady, Hardy et al … so delay on DWash may not be completely red flag…fwiw, fyi

  2. By JohnnyBluenose on Jun 12, 2015 | Reply

    healthy in 2013 not 2014.

  3. By Darren Urban on Jun 12, 2015 | Reply

    JohnnyBlue —

    RE: Years

    Jeez. Fixed.

  4. By Dr. G. on Jun 13, 2015 | Reply

    Hoog – – If you were DWash, would you not be boasting about your application and towing the line for the past year? I see nada from him…very telling of the coming negative consequences. His second issue could be addressed right now if he was clean and reapplied. Doing zilch produces zilch.

    Clayton? The NFL has said they do not discuss these issues in any manner…guarding against litigation.

    Is Clayton blowing smoke? He is not Goodell’s mind reader…. Don’t believe this nonsense…Does he still live with mom? The writing is on the board in bold letters… later

  5. By Crow on Jun 13, 2015 | Reply

    I read boout pat peterson returning punts again………. i always loved a speedy returner….. glad to hear bout a healthy punter…. training camp hear we come

  6. By clssylssy on Jun 13, 2015 | Reply

    When you start out with “The health if Carson Palmer is the linchpin in the Cardinal’s 2015 season” it does not inspire confidence and makes me nervous. For some players looking to “make their bones” as badazzes, that’s like putting a bullseye on his back (and we all know there are players like that). I think Cards fans know fully how important Carson is to the team but his injury history is also a reality which makes the #3 QB position that much more critical. Rather than looking for another TE (BA doesn’t utilize TEs anyway like other teams) and waste money on a position that has never been important to the Cards, it would seem that we have other more pressing priorities like QB, Corners, Linebackers,
    Looking forward to training camp to get a real idea of how are defense is measuring up to the other NFC West teams. I read somewhere that the Cards had like the 5th hardest schedule in the NFL which means the health of all of our starters is going to be critical and having good depth could mean the difference of how far we go in making it to San Francisco.

  7. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Jun 14, 2015 | Reply

    Dr. G … lol.. oh man, what a kidder… Clayton just made an observation, claimed no inside knowledge, blows less smoke than most…who knows.. but I trust the thumbs, lol…

  8. By Scott H on Jun 15, 2015 | Reply

    Yeah, excellent point, and one that I myself even forget sometimes – the fact that Seattle never had to play the Cardinals at anywhere near full strength last season. The first go round, Palmer was done, Fitz was out, and Ellington probably shouldn’t have even played, he was so limited by the injuries that accumulated to that point.

    By the 2nd go round with Seattle, for get it. We had no chance in that game. We were reduced to a 3rd string QB, we had NO running game to speak of, and the rest of the team was just so worn out. It was just a damn shame. The Cardinals fell completely apart at just the wrong time while the Seahawks got all their guys back and started to roll at just the right time.

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