Is there a chance newly acquired quarterback Carson Palmer could start under center for the Silver & Black on Sunday at home against the Chiefs?
According to Raiders head coach Hue Jackson, you’ve got to be ready for anything, as the team prepares to host the hated AFC West rival Chiefs in Week seven at the Coliseum.
“I’m not gonna let that out of the bag just yet,” he said. “You’ve got to be ready for anything. we’ll see later in the week.”
As far as the deal goes, Jackson had high praise for the acquisition of the ’02 Heisman Trophy winner from USC.
He called the move “the greatest trade in football.”
“As far as the draft picks, what we have to give up, I never hesitated because I know exactly what I’m getting,” said Jackson, who was an assistant in Cincinnati from 2004-06. “I don’t think you’re ever mortgating the future when you put a big-time franchise quarterback on your team.
Funny that a 31-year old player can still be considered a big-time franchise quarterback. I don’t know if I want to be mortgaging the future for a player who thought he was retired back in early September.
“For the past six weeks I thought I was retired,” Palmer said after being introduced to media as a Raider on Tuesday. “Week 1 hit and I thought, I’ve got to look elsewhere and find what the next phase of my life might be. Then I got the text from Hue.
Remember since 2008, a season in which he missed all but four games, Palmer’s numbers have been disappointing, to say the least.
The three seasons for the former Trojan star include: QB ratings all under 84, completion percentages all under 62%, averaged yards per attempt all under seven yards, and an interception per game; 37 picks in 36 contests.
With that said, the ’03 first overall pick will have a tough time, not only starting this week against Kansas City, but performing at a level desirable for a team contending for a division crown.
In conclusion, I’ll let out the bag that I’m one who believes the rusty Palmer is past his prime and this trade was a big-time mistake for the Raiders.
Be ready for anything Raider faithful, even if its Kyle Boller being reasserted under center – even worse, the raw and unrefined Terrelle Pryor.