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Ex-Cardinals star questions Kyler Murray’s leadership

Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray has looked like an MVP candidate at times this season for the 10-4 Arizona Cardinals. But one ex-Cardinals star is still not sold on one particular aspect of Murray.

Speaking this week on “The Dave Pasch Podcast,” retired former Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer questioned Murray’s leadership ability. Murray and the Cardinals were coming off a 30-12 loss to the NFL-worst Detroit Lions in Week 15.

“The thing that concerns me is some of the leadership deficiencies that I’ve seen,” said Palmer, per Jeremy Cluff of the Arizona Republic. “Some of the body language that I have seen from Kyler. When you are down in Detroit, even though you are faking it, you need to keep a ‘rah rah’ face on. There’s just certain things you need to do as a quarterback that he’s still young, he’s still learning, he’s still working his way through.”

The 24-year-old Murray, who is in his third NFL season, has indeed drawn criticism for bad body language during games in the last couple of weeks.

The Cardinals still have one of the best records in the NFL with Murray as their leader, despite dropping their last two games. Murray has also earned the respect of some of the league’s elder statesmen. Thus, the body language issue does not sound like it is a major one and is probably something that Murray can fix over time.

Photo: Dec 8, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Did Carson Palmer reveal big inside info about USC coaching search?

Carson Palmer during Cardinals game

Carson Palmer is one of the best players in the history of USC football, and the former quarterback says he has been consulted on the school’s search for a new head coach. He also may have inadvertently leaked some big information about a coach the Trojans are targeting.

Palmer discussed the USC coaching search during a Monday appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show.” He said he has shared input about candidates and was asked if Penn State head coach James Franklin is the frontrunner for the job. Palmer responded that there are “a lot of frontrunners,” which led to Patrick pressing him further. The former first overall pick then brought up Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

“You’ve got a wild card like Mike Tomlin, if Mike Tomlin wants out. … That’s what’s so great about the job,” Palmer said. “It can lure an NFL guy who’s tired of his current situation and worried about, ‘Is Ben Roethlisberger gone. Who are we gonna draft?’ Does Mike Tomlin have to start over with a first-round young rookie quarterback? Everybody is on the table given that job is so big and so coveted.”

The interview took a funny turn from there, as Palmer was clearly unaware that Tomlin’s name hadn’t really been floated as a possible candidate for the USC job. You can see the clip below:

Tomlin has been the head coach in Pittsburgh for nearly 15 years. The Steelers are one of the most storied franchises in the NFL and sports in general, so it seems highly unlikely that Tomlin would voluntarily leave that job for an underachieving college program. Palmer and other USC alumni can dream, however.

USC seems to have one top candidate in mind, but they could be competing with LSU to hire him. They’ll likely make plenty of calls to the NFL, but we’d be shocked if Tomlin has any interest.

Photo: Nov 26, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) looks on after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Carson Palmer explains why Dak Prescott should take less money with Cowboys

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys will resume contract talks this offseason, and one former NFL quarterback believes Prescott should consider giving the team a hometown discount.

Carson Palmer said during a Thursday appearance on 105.3 The Fan that Prescott should consider taking less money from the Cowboys than he would from another team. His logic is that there are plenty of other ways to generate income when you play for America’s team, so Prescott would benefit from allowing Dallas to spend money elsewhere.

“I love Dak’s game. I think he’s great. I think he shouldn’t shoot for the moon (on his next contract),” Palmer said. “Being the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, there’s a lot that comes with that financially. So, you don’t have to be the top-paid quarterback in the league. You can make as much as the top-paid quarterback in the league when you’re the Dallas Cowboys quarterback if you do take less.”

Palmer pointed to endorsement opportunities and the fact that so many former Cowboys players — most notably Troy Aikman and Tony Romo — have landed jobs in television.

“You’ve seen Dak on tons of commercials and endorsements,” Palmer said. “You can make that same top-tier money if you’re Dak and you take a little bit less, and you keep all the players around you within the salary cap structure.”

The flip side to that argument is that Prescott is a franchise quarterback, and the Cowboys certainly have the means to compensate him accordingly. Though, there is some merit to what Palmer said. Tom Brady signed below-market contracts with the New England Patriots for years, which allowed them to almost always field a competitive team around him.

The Cowboys were a disaster without Prescott this season. One former Cowboys player issued a warning to Jerry Jones after Prescott went down with an ankle injury, but the Jones family understands how important Prescott is to the team. It would be a surprise if the two sides can’t come to an agreement for a second straight year.

Photo: Jeffrey Beall/Wikimedia via CC BY 4.0

Carson Palmer expects Jameis Winston to have ‘massive’ second season under Bruce Arians

Jameis Winston

Few quarterbacks know what it takes to adapt to Bruce Arians’ offense like Carson Palmer does.

Palmer was brought in by Arians when the coach took over the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. The veteran quarterback had a rough first season, throwing 22 interceptions to go along with 24 touchdowns. Palmer cut that total to three interceptions in six games the next season, then went 13-3 in 2015 while throwing 35 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions.

That’s why Palmer believes Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston will be a huge success if Arians sticks with him going into 2020.

“I believe he’ll have a big jump if he’s back in Tampa with Bruce,” Palmer said Wednesday on The Rich Eisen Show. “Mentally, it’s such a difficult offense. It is not easy. … It’s not a simple offense to just pick up and start off year one and go out there and have a Pro Bowl year. It takes years. It takes years for the quarterback, and it takes years for the guys outside.

“You need time, you need experience within that system, and that’s something you don’t have in year one. You need year one to go back and watch the film and see yourself doing it wrong and the receivers seeing themselves do it wrong, and then year two things really start to click. That chemistry starts to develop, and that trust, and that confidence in the offense starts to develop. If Jameis is back in Tampa, I would expect year two to be a massive year for him.”

Winston certainly has the physical gifts to be a great quarterback, but he’s fresh off a season that saw him throw 30 interceptions. That has to go down, and that will require adaptation. Palmer would know how hard Arians’ offense is to master, and he clearly did so after an iffy first season. The Buccaneers have to hope Winston will be a similar case, though the coach seemed to have some lingering doubts at the end of the season. Winston is facing free agency, but Tampa Bay is still considered likely to bring him back, potentially with the franchise tag.

Carson Palmer frustrated with state of USC Football

Carson Palmer

Count Carson Palmer as yet another former USC Football star who is frustrated with the state of the program.

Palmer spoke with the Los Angeles Times’ Sam Farmer for a feature on what the former Heisman Trophy winner is up to now — it’s a must-read for anyone interested in Palmer. In the article, Palmer, who now lives in Idaho, expressed his frustration with USC’s football team.

“It’s hard to engage when you’re very prideful about something,” Palmer told Farmer. “It’s frustrating, like anybody with their alma mater, when you just disagree with some of the things that are going on. You know how good it can be, and how easy — not that it’s easy — but, man, we should be a top-five recruiting class every year. How are we not?”

The frustration is understandable and a common gripe among former Trojans and the team’s fans. A couple of other former athletes ripped the team over its poor recruiting class ranking.

Palmer was at USC from 1998-2002. His final two seasons were under Pete Carroll, including a dynamite senior season in which he passed for 3,942 yards, 33 touchdowns, won the Heisman Trophy, became the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, and led an Orange Bowl win. USC went 11-2 that season — the second under Pete Carroll — and went on a dominant run after that.

All the players who were part of that dominance do not want to settle for the 8-6, 8-5 and 5-7 seasons we’ve seen over the last five seasons, which is why there is so much frustration with Clay Helton.

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Carson Palmer announces he is retiring

Carson Palmer

The Arizona Cardinals are going to be in search of a new starting quarterback in addition to a new head coach this offseason.

Carson Palmer announced in an open letter to Cardinals fans on Tuesday that he is retiring after 15 seasons in the NFL.

Palmer currently ranks 12th all time in the NFL in both passing yards with 46,247 and touchdown passes with 294. He spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders before finishing out his career with five seasons in Arizona.

With both Palmer and Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians retiring, it’s fair to wonder if another beloved member of the organization will decide to call it a career as well.

Report: Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald could both retire

Carson Palmer

Bruce Arians may not be the only key personality the Arizona Cardinals lose to retirement this offseason.

The Cardinals are still awaiting word on the fates of quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. According to’s Ian Rapoport, Palmer is seen as a long shot to return, while Fitzgerald may not be keen on working with a new head coach.

Palmer broke his arm during the season and strongly considered retirement a year ago. Fitzgerald, on the other hand, has some good reasons to think long and hard about a possible return. Whoever the Cardinals bring in as the new head coach may have significant bearing on his ultimate decision.

Bruce Arians does not expect Carson Palmer, David Johnson back this season

Carson Palmer

It doesn’t sound like the Arizona Cardinals will get back any of the players they hoped to have on the field again in 2017.

Coach Bruce Arians announced Wednesday that none of the players current on injured reserve — including quarterback Carson Palmer and running back David Johnson — have made enough progress to play again in 2017.

That pretty much means it’s a lost season for Arizona, as two of their three most important offensive pieces won’t be returning. Palmer initially thought he had a shot at returning, and Johnson had been ramping up his own efforts, but for both of them, it is not to be.

Carson Palmer believes return in 4-6 weeks is possible

Carson Palmer

Carson Palmer suffered a broken arm in his team’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, leading many to speculate that his career could be over in addition to his season. However, the Arizona Cardinals quarterback does not sound ready to call it quits just yet.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters on Monday that there is no official timetable for Palmer’s return, but the 37-year-old is not ruling out being ready to play again in four to six weeks.

The team has not yet made a decision about whether they will put Palmer on injured reserve, which would mean he cannot play until Week 16 at the earliest. If he is placed on IR and the Cardinals fall out of the playoff race, it is highly unlikely that Palmer would play in the final game or two of the season.

Arians said Sunday that Palmer is expected to miss eight weeks, but obviously no official word has been given yet. With how uncertain Palmer previously sounded when asked if he will play beyond 2017, the retirement questions make sense.

Carson Palmer to miss eight weeks with broken arm

Carson Palmer

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer will miss much of the remainder of the season after breaking his arm in the second quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians announced that Palmer’s broken arm will require surgery, and he will miss at least eight weeks recovering.

It’s the worst possible news for Arizona, who are already a modest 3-4 and don’t look like contenders. It also may have serious repercussions on Palmer’s NFL future, given the fact that the 37-year-old has flirted with retirement in past offseasons.