rabb wrote:I agree with most of what you said, but is anyone looking at this addition and saying "wow, Super Bowl" other than Raider fans?
I guess I just don't see it being that big of an upgrade.
I'm seeing some analysts talking possibility. However, I still think the secondary is a problem. Once Palmer gets the playbook down, that offense will be a juggernaut. However, remind me the last time a Super Bowl was won on a gun offense alone?
I think a lot of people are blowing his so called "decline" out of proportion. They say it's been a 4 year decline. 2008 was the injury year, 2009 was a little rough, although not too far out of line with the bulk of his career stats. 2010 was better in all stats except INTs and a slight drop in rating due to that. However, when they talk "decline" that's what they bring up - the INTs. Well, I found an interesting correlation. With the exception of his rookie year, every year that Palmer has had around 600 passing attempts for the season (averaging more than 35 attempts a game), he's pushed 20 INTs. When he's kept around 500 attempts per season (or 30 or fewer attempts per game), his INTs are more around 10-13.
There is no reason to push Palmer that much in Oakland with the running game they have. Keep him to around 30 attempts a game, and he will do fine for Oakland. He's a classic example of a QB that should be a weapon for a team, not the focus.