Carson Palmer: Ready or Not for 2012?

Damali Binta – Aug 30, 2012

On Sirius XM Radio, at least two commentators did not think Carson Palmer was ready for the 2012 season. They claimed they watched him during the Week 1, 2 and 3 preseason games and that there is much to be desired in terms of his accuracy and other factors.

Generally, I don't pay much attention to the media, but I do have some concerns about Palmer. It just seems he should be showing us much more at this point. He still seems rusty although he has had the training camp to hone his skills and to help him build chemistry with the Oakland Raiders.

The commentators indicated that the last few seasons that Palmer had with the Bengals were not outstanding. Well, this inspires some of us to go back and look at the Bengals data to support or negate the claims.

It's about time Palmer show up and show out on the playing field. We know that Hue Jackson picked Palmer, and then Hue Jackson was fired. Well, if you fire the man, then sometimes you redefine what the man brought to the franchise. In other words, the decision to keep Palmer as the starting quarterback is not set in stone, but it is dependent on his performance. If he cannot demonstrate his effectiveness and efficiency, then for the sake of the franchise some decisions may have to be made.

It's about winning games in the NFL. It's about Just win, baby with the Oakland Raiders. If we can not establish a very strong correlation of winning games in the early games of the regular season and with Palmer's performance, then some changes must be made to correct past decisions that may have been made in desperation.

Let's watch the Week 4 game carefully and the first game in the regular season. My advice is that we put the best man in the game with the best potential of giving the Oakland Raiders a stronger outcome for 2012.

The conclusion of the short discussion on NFL Radio is that the Oakland Raiders still need a quarterback. What do you think?

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