Posted on 28 October 2011.
If you were surprised to see Carson Palmer make his Raiders debut last Sunday, you can only imagine how he felt.
“I was told I was not going to play. I didn’t know the offense, I also hadn’t been coaching and operating out,” Palmer told 95.7-FM on Wednesday. “So it was a complete shock to me at halftime when he told me, ‘Hey, you know we’re going to get you in, in the third quarter.’”
“He” is Raiders coach Hue Jackson, who turned to Palmer right after an overwhelmed Kyle Boller threw 3 initial-half interceptions against the Kansas City Chiefs. Palmer wasn’t any far better, throwing three picks himself during a 28- loss.
Asked what percentage of the playbook he knew entering the game, Palmer’s answer spoke volumes about what he was facing in his debut.
“Oh man, I knew like about 15 plays and we ran the very same 15 plays over and over once again,” he said.
Palmer didn’t intimate Jackson had made a mistake, saying he’ll in no way turn down a opportunity to play (unless, we’ll interject, it’s for the Bengals).
“I just said, ‘All proper, well that’s what I’m here to do, I’m here to play football,’” he stated. “I was extremely uncomfortable and naturally not ready or prepared but it’s a game of unknowns, it’s a game of getting game plans when you go in and points alter and my game program was not play but I ended up playing.”
Certainly, this was a boneheaded move by Jackson in hindsight, but it may have the unintended consequence of lowering expectations for Palmer in Oakland. For a player who hasn’t posted an annual passer rating above 84 given that the Bush administration, this is essential.
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Posted on 17 August 2011.
While Josh McDaniels’ prized draft pick gets a lot of attention in Denver, McDaniels has quietly operated below the radar in St. Louis.
The Rams’ new offensive coordinator is busy attempting to teach his scheme to a new group of players and a coaching staff that he largely inherited. McDaniels sounds pleased to be out of the head coach spotlight for a bit.
“This has been great for me. We’re blessed to have the chance to function in this profession each and every day,” McDaniels stated via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “The group of guys and the coaching staff has created this transition for me unbelievable. . . . Focusing on the offense, trying to get greater on that side of the ball, coaching the quarterbacks is really something I really like to do.”
It’s something that McDaniels excels at. In St. Louis, he has a quarterback in Sam Bradford with a lot more natural talent than two of his previous pupils Matt Cassel and Kyle Orton. The Rams have a deep, young receiver group without a accurate No. 1 guy. That’s a setup that has worked for McDaniels in the past.
“I think we’re having a lot of enjoyable. And I don’t feel you hear that word a lot in training camp,” McDaniels said.
We see McD as one of the greatest x-aspects in the NFC. If he can bring about reasonable improvement to the Rams offense, St. Louis is the clear preferred in the NFC West.
If McDaniels can support make the Rams offense really harmful, St. Louis could be a genuine contender.
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