Is Carson a legit quarterback or the guy I watched last year? I guess I have become spoiled by watcing Petyon Manning every week for last 12 years, but I thought Carson looked like a sub-par quarterback last season.
I was in the ORG once, best 6 months of my life.
"Average at best" is incorrect, but so is attributing all his faults to Bratkowski and his WRs. Carson's still a good quarterback, but he's no longer in the discussion as being one of the elite QBs of the league, and rightfully so. Some devastating injuries have robbed him of that status.
However, he's still dangerous and a guy the defense must certainly respect. It's just no longer realistic to expect him to throw up 100+ passer ratings game in and game out like he did 4 or 5 years ago.
'03 0 (didn't play, redshirt year)
'08 0 (injured, only played in 4 games)
Now, it's not even August and training camp is just starting so I'm sure people would feel more comfortable with this after at least a couple preseason games. But, would anyone like to predict how many games with a 100+ passer rating Palmer will have this season based on how things look now?
I'll say 7 and hope I'm right.
"Now that's a real shame when folks be throwin' away a perfectly good white boy like that."
In no particular order now.
12 The Other Manning
13 Vince Young
14 that moron in Pittsburgh
15 that NFL propped up ego in NE.
Thats how someone could look at it.
Just got back from practice.
They had a huge crowd tonight; so much so traffic was backed up to the main road off campus to get into their $15 parking spots which I later heard were full. I saw one lot just a few steps away from the main one that had $10 parking. I got off on the street before because I wanted to avoid the mess and look for parking on the street. I turned onto Main St and it had plenty of street parking available. I parked in front of the Catholic Church but actually there were spots closer. Just plan a few extra minutes to drive around and pick your spot. The neighborhood comes right out of the cartoon King of the Hill with tiny houses/yards and folks hanging out on their doorstep in sleeveless white t-shirts smoking cigarettes.
Practice went on for a full two hours. Of course Chad and TO were the main attractions. They were the last ones on the field and they stuck out due to their wearing orange whereas others were wearing black.
--Chad showed his "extra gear" chasing down a long bomb from Carson
--TO made lots of catches, some easy, some in traffic
--Shipley looked the most impressive to me. He caught everything seamlessly and in stride. It's hard to explain how gifted he is catching the ball but it's like a receiver catching a ball in a video game. Most guys catch it in their hands, cradle it, tuck it away and run. Not Shipley. He "envelopes" the ball. It's like the ball becomes a part of his body, like in a video game. He's so smooth you don't notice him catching it. He worked in the slot, special teams and returned some punts along with Quan and Adam Jones
--Otis Hudson played RG
--Roland and Collins rotated at RT
--Ndukwe was quite the disruptor
--Roy Williams seemed lackadaisical. Wouldn't surprise me if he got cut.
--Briscoe seemed a step behind which I would attribute to getting adjusted to the speed of the NFL
--TO separated from Adam Jones on a long overthrown pass but I don't know if that says more about TO or Jones
--Caldwell looked good in the slot but I still think he's miscast there. He sure looks like a burner to meand not an over the middle guy
--They ran a TE screen to Reggie Kelly. Can't say I really want to see that one during the regular season
I saw the ambulance take someone off on a stretcher on the sideline but I can't say for sure who it was or even if it was a player. I didn't see any injuries on the field. This guy was hurt pretty bad. He had a neck brace and had a leg wrapped. He was a big, black guy so if he's a player, he's a lineman. I'm wondering if maybe he was a fan that fell out of the stands. We will see
I could also argue Flacco and to some extent Vince Young who was benched last season for Kerry Collins ugggh.
Palmer with these three receivers is going to have a big year. I think what is often overlooked with Palmer is his completion percentage when it counts. Last season on third down he was at 61% completions, with these three he should be at 61% percent for the year not just on third down.
P.S. Warner retired.
If you have a losing record at Reds games, please stop going.
Rumors circulating that the team could cut Antonio Bryant soon.