Monday, November 5, 2012

Carson Palmer MUST GO!

As much as I hate to admit, for the first time in my career as a lifelong Raider fan, the losses no longer bother me. Why?

For two reasons,
  1. I made peace with the Raiders losing a few years ago. The losing was so ridiculous, the mistakes, the penalties, no discipline, most penalized team in football; it's almost like we were proud to hold that record.
  2. We cannot win with Carson Palmer as our starting QB. I said it from day one. Palmer fans will quickly say that the lost to Tampa Bay was not his fault. Sure, there's enough blame to go around, the defense could not get off the field on 3rd down, and Doug Martin looked like Gayle Sayers.
The problem with Carson, and why he shoulders most of the blame is because he is not, and has never been a GAME MANAGER. He throws pretty long balls, nice spirals, but if the team is behind, and you need him to stage a comeback, it's not going to happen.

Palmer is also an excellent Fantasy Football QB. For example, in the Sunday loss against Tampa Bay he threw for 4 TD, over 400 passing yards, but the 3, untimely picks is what sealed the Raiders fate. Palmer's inability to lead his team to victory, and make the game-changing turnover has been his staple throughout his 11-year career and is clearly evident in his less than .500 winning percentage.

We know what Carson Palmer can do; we know what back-up QB Matt Leinart can do; we don't know what Terrell Pryor can do. The season is pretty much over for the Raiders. We've lost 6 games and the chances of an 8-8 record (which still probably won't get us in the playoffs) are slim to none. Give Pryor a chance, see what he can do. Hugh Jackson's acquisition of Palmer was a major mistake and it's what cost Hugh his job. Jackson was foolishly thinking that Carson could keep the Raiders on track for the playoffs. If you don't give away major draft picks for Carson, 9 times out of 10, Raider ownership would have given Jackson at least one more year considering the fact that Jason Campbell and the oft-injured Darren McFadden was out for the season.