Originally Posted by dsmith421
Carson Palmer completely choked for large portions of the last three games, then has been quoted in the press pointing fingers at "selfish" teammates.
I guess he's one of those low-character guys we need to run out of town.
I hope you are being sarcastic about the last comment because I feel Palmer will bounce back from a rebuilding year for him and have an even more sucessful season next year.
Palmer certainly is not a low character guy. If anything I think he realizes the team makes or breaks by his performance. The lack of consistecy on defense is surely adequate evidence of this. I think he simply tries to do too much. Say what you what about Kitna or other less talented quarterbacks like a Chad Pennington or a Steve McNair, but they have realized one thing that Carson WILL but hasn't yet. That is, you can attempt to do too much. How many times did we see Palmer force a ball into double coverage or force a ball to Ocho Cinco because he seemingly felt he needed too? Or even more so, hold onto the ball way longer then necessary? He needs to learn to throw the ball away when coverage downfield is sealed and especially when the pocket has collapsed!! How many times did he fumble this year because he thought he had an opportunity at the last second? He needs to throw it away or tuck the ball away and take the coverage sack in these situtations. I understand why he feels the way he does. But Marvin and company need to teach him to be conservative with the football when necessary. His fumbilitis could have hurt us in many more situations then it did. The best way for Marvin to counteract this problem is to finally provide the tools and the coaching this defense needs. This is something Dungy has not addressed in Indy yet and I don't see the all important ring on his finger yet. With a much improved instead of a marginally improved defense, Carson can finally worry less about making the big play.