Carson Palmer had no problem admitting his mistake post-game in Pittsburgh. He thought the play-action had sucked up safety Mike Mitchell enough that John Brown was one-on-one in the end zone as the Cardinals were going for the go-ahead touchdown. Palmer was wrong. Mitchell came back from the weak side, when Palmer had no idea he was there, and made what turned out to be the killer interception with a little more than two minutes to go.
Dwelling on it makes no sense. And the Cardinals certainly did not, and have not.
Coach Bruce Arians was blunt when asked how he handles a quarterback who throws an interception.
“ ‘Why the hell did you throw it to him?’ ” Arians said. “He’s a veteran. He told me why he did it and you move on.”
Palmer was even more blunt when asked about his personal process to get past a pick.
“Forgetting about it,” Palmer said.
It’s what you’d expect from a veteran. While you want to learn from mistakes — and Palmer acknowledges he does that — worrying about what’s over makes little sense. The next throw is then what matters. I keep remembering Palmer’s trip to Seattle in 2013. He threw four interceptions that day. You can’t have that, obviously. But in a close game, he didn’t sulk or let it impact his throws, and that’s how he tossed a game-winning TD bomb to Michael Floyd.
It happens. So you move on.
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