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Revenge Of The Birds Jul 22, 2014

Carson Palmer drops one spot in ESPN QB rankings

His interceptions and decision-making came into question. Entering 2013, after the Arizona Cardinals traded for quarterback Carson Palmer, ESPN analyst ranked the NFL starting quarterbacks and had Palmer ranked as the 19th best starting QB. It is 2014 and Jaws' quarterback rankings are out again. Palmer dropped a spot to number 20. Palmer remains a tremendous anticipation thrower and has a really good feel for the passing game. He will throw it into man coverage and give his guys a chance. But even though he knows where to go with the football, he still made too many mistakes for a...
Revenge Of The Birds Jul 22, 2014
Arizona Cardinals news 7/22: Palmer and NFC West, Palmer and QB rankings

Arizona Cardinals news 7/22: Palmer and NFC West, Palmer and QB rankings

Your morning Cards and NFL roundup. Well, I sort of forgot to get this scheduled for early this morning...I fell asleep while supposedly writing. So here it is, better late than never, right? Or something like that. Cardinals: Palmer: Playing in the NFC West 'gives you an edge'While Carson Palmer was enjoying his time off in Lake Tahoe improving his golf game, NFL Network's Steve Wyche picked his brain about the competitiveness of the NFC West. Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer drops on Ron Jaworski's QB board - ESPN In the latest rendition of Jaworski’s quarterback big board , Palmer...
Revenge Of The Birds Jul 16, 2014

Arizona Cardinals 2014 training camp preview and coverage

Breaking down each position and camp story. With training camp beginning at the end of next week, it is time to begin our positional previews. Today we start with the quarterback position, which is pretty set. Let's go through the roster locks, longshots and questions at the position that might come up in training camp. Roster locks: Carson Palmer is clearly a lock. He's the starter and by far the best quarterback on the roster. If you believe Bruce Arians (can we really do that anymore?), Drew Stanton is a lock as the number two. Arians trusts him, he knows the offense and is good in the...
Revenge Of The Birds Jul 16, 2014

Quarterback position has questions, but not many for Arizona Cardinals training camp

Carson Palmer is the sure starter and a year under his belt. With training camp beginning at the end of next week, it is time to begin our positional previews. Today we start with the quarterback position, which is pretty set. Let's go through the roster locks, longshots and questions at the position that might come up in training camp. Roster locks: Carson Palmer is clearly a lock. He's the starter and by far the best quarterback on the roster. If you believe Bruce Arians (can we really do that anymore?), Drew Stanton is a lock as the number two. Arians trusts him, he knows the offense...
Revenge Of The Birds Jul 14, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football: Projections for Cardinals top fantasy weapons

We saw a bit of a revival in Arizona in 2013. Carson Palmer came over from the Raiders and rescued Larry Fitzgerald from some horrid 2012 quarterback play and offensive mind Bruce Arians made the Cardinals creative again. This post comes from Justin Becker of FantasyFootballOverdose.com. You can follow him on Twitter @NFLRankings or the Fantasy Football Overdose Google+ Page, and for more 2014 Fantasy Football Projections visit Fantasy Football Overdose. We saw a bit of a revival in Arizona in 2013. Carson Palmer came over from the Raiders and rescued Larry Fitzgerald from some horrid...
Cincy Jungle Jul 12, 2014

Open Thread and Poll: Welcoming Former Bengals Back

You may have noticed LeBron James went back home to Cleveland. Who do the Bengals need to welcome home? You may have missed it, but there was a certain basketball player who returned to the team and city he once called his home. LeBron James returned to Cleveland to sign with the Cavaliers after an ugly exit fro the team four years ago. There have been several former Bengals who left the team on bad terms, but would be nice to see them reconcile with the team and city they used to call home. Corey Dillon and Carson Palmer are two players who didn't leave on the great of terms, but both...
Cincy Jungle Jul 9, 2014
Bengals Could Feature NFL's Run-Heaviest Offense in 2014

Bengals Could Feature NFL's Run-Heaviest Offense in 2014

Lewis wants to run the ball more in 2014, and that's why the Bengals were so quick to name Hue Jackson as their new offensive coordinator. Since Marvin Lewis became the head coach of the Bengals, he's never been afraid to adjust to his personnel. Cincinnati has gone from an aerial assault behind the arm of Carson Palmer, to a 'ground and pound' style behind Cedric Benson, and then back to the air raid last year. But one thing became painfully clear last season, and that's Andy Dalton isn't capable of being efficient throwing 40+ times per game. It's no coincidence Cincinnati is 2-12...
Revenge Of The Birds Jul 7, 2014
Carson Palmer stats: Passing numbers vs. different defensive schemes

Carson Palmer stats: Passing numbers vs. different defensive schemes

Just another look into Palmer's numbers in 2013. We know that Carson Palmer started not so well in 2013 and ended strong. We know he threw too many interceptions. We also know, based on the whole series of stats we have used to look at Palmer's season, that he was pretty even across the board. The one thing we can note is that he was more effective at a quicker, shorter passing game, whether that was a product of his skills or the time he had to throw the ball. Today we look at how he did against defensive schemes; namely, the number of defensive backs on the field. The numbers come from...
Revenge Of The Birds Jul 3, 2014
Carson Palmer stats: Breaking down his numbers by type of dropback

Carson Palmer stats: Breaking down his numbers by type of dropback

More numbers on Palmer. We are close to finishing up the Carson Palmer series. Today we will look at how he performed, based on the type of dropback (quick throw, three-step, five-step, seven-step). Pro Football Focus broke down the numbers for almost all the league's QBs, and it is from there I get Palmer's stats. Palmer threw 572 passes in 2013. His dropback numbers are split up like this: 24 throws with a dropback of 1-3 yards (WR screens, goalline fades) -- 4.1 percent 90 throws on a three-step drop -- 15.7 percent 320 throws on a five-step drop -- 55.9 percent 132 throws on a...
Revenge Of The Birds Jul 3, 2014

NFL quarterback rankings: Carson Palmer considered third tier, ranked 21

Where do league insiders put Palmer? With the offseason comes the inevitable ranking of starting quarterbacks. ESPN's Mike Sando spoke to 26 league insiders -- current and former GMs, head coaches, coordinators, pro personnel evaluators, position coaches and a top executive. Rather than a random ranking from Sando, he had these insiders rate each projected QB 1-5. Sando averaged the results and ranked them based on the average score, placing them in one of four different tiers. His results and insights are published in his ESPN Insider piece. Carson Palmer was considered a Tier 3...
Revenge Of The Birds Jul 3, 2014

7/3 Arizona Cardinals news: Tyrann Mathieu runs; Carson Palmer '3rd-tier QB'

Your Thursday roundup of Arizona Cardinals and NFL news. Guess what? Tyrann Mathieu is getting closer to football, just like we are. *Praises Jesus* Cardinals Tenacious Part 6 - 'A Cruel Summer'See how far safety Tyrann Mathieu has come in his recovery from knee surgery in the latest episode of Tenacious. ESPN: Arizona Cardinals' Carson Palmer a 'third tier' QB ArizonaSports.comPalmer is tied with the Rams' Sam Bradford for 21st, while Seattle's Russell Wilson is tied for eighth and San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick comes in at 14th. Prisco: Patrick Peterson is NFL's eighth-best player, best...
Revenge Of The Birds Jul 2, 2014

Carson Palmer stats: Breaking down his distribution numbers

How do Palmer's number break down by the players he throws the ball to? So far in our Carson Palmer series, we have looked at many things -- play action, under center, by down, by direction and more. In today's edition, we will look at his numbers by pass distribution -- the players he throws the ball to. Pro Football Focus broke the numbers down for the entire league. How do things look for Palmer? He threw the ball 572 times. 539 of those were "aimed," meaning the rest were throwaways, balls thrown as he was thrown and balls that were batted down. Of those 539 attempts, he threw...
Revenge Of The Birds Jun 30, 2014
Carson Palmer by the numbers: Looking at play action passing

Carson Palmer by the numbers: Looking at play action passing

We continue breaking down numbers for the Cardinals starting QB. Continuing with our Carson Palmer series, we now look at how he did in 2013 with play action as opposed to without play action, using Pro Football Focus numbers. Their post on all QBs is here. Play action was not a huge part of the Cardinals' offense last season. Of Palmer's 572 pass attempts, only 86 came off of play action. Breaking it down further, Palmer dropped back to pass 618 times in 2013. Only 95 of those came on play action -- just over 15 percent of the time. So it wasn't a big part of the offense. So how did...
Revenge Of The Birds Jun 29, 2014

Carson Palmer by the numbers: Stats by pass direction

This part of the series focuses on which direction the Cardinals QB was most effective at when throwing the football in 2013 As Pro Football Focus continues to break down every QB in the league by statistics, we continue to focus on our own quarterback Carson Palmer. Today we examine the Arizona Cardinals QB as we look at the statistics of the direction of his passes from a season ago. Sounds pretty complex doesn't it. Do not worry; it is quite simple actually, as the three major areas in focus are the left side of the field hash mark vs. the right side of the field hash mark, as well as...

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