Friday, May 24, 2013

Bruce Arians Likes What He Sees in Carson Palmer

The chemistry between a head coach and quarterback is very important in the NFL. As we all know, the Arizona Cardinals have a new head coach in Bruce Arians and a new starting quarterback in veteran Carson Palmer.

Now that the first week of OTAs have been completed, things seem to be going quite well so far as Palmer digests Arians' offense and Arians watches Palmer gets used to his new teammates.

The Red Birds welcome the change at quarterback after a disastrous season at the position a year ago. It was a regular merry-go-round at QB in 2012 and it's nice to see the steady hand of Palmer guiding his offensive mates through their drills.

Consider this: the USC product threw for 4,018 yards and completed 61 percent of his passes for a 4-12 Oakland Raiders contingent last season. He added 22 touchdown passes with 14 interceptions and did not have the benefit of having a top-flight wide receiver in the huddle like he will this season with All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald.

"What he did last year with the Raiders, in a crazy situation, I thought was very, very impressive,” Arians told azcardinals.com.

With wide out talents like Fitzgerald, second-year pro Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts in the fold, Palmer should do quite well if his offensive line holds up. The Cardinals allowed a league-high 58 sacks last season but with the addition of first-round pick Jonathan Cooper at guard, should be much improved in 2013.

Training camp is still over two months away so there are a lot more practices and film study to participate in.

However, it looks like Palmer and company have gotten off to a good start as the Red Birds try and erase the memory of last year's disappointing campaign.

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