There are actually very few top-of-the-line quarterbacks taking snaps in the NFL. Teams that are fortunate enough to have game-changing signal callers can be found leading the divisions in which they play. Those teams almost always reach the playoffs.
The Arizona Cardinals are one of those fortunate teams. Led by Carson Palmer, a former overall number one pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2003 National Football League (NFL) Draft and a Heisman Trophy Award winner in 2002 while playing for the University of Southern California (USC), this squad that plays home games in the desert, leads the West Division in the National Football Conference (NFC).
While it is true that the Cardinals employ a rugged defense to stifle opposing offenses, it is also true that Palmer, a “top ten” quarterback makes plays that impact the final score in just about every game Arizona plays.
Born thirty-five years ago on December 27, 1979, this highly-skilled native of Fresno, California has already enjoyed a wildly successful career and, barring serious injury, he very likely has many more years of top level play in front of him.
In fact, in his twelve years as a starting quarterback, Carson Palmer has helped the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders enjoy frequent winning seasons. And since joining the Cardinals prior to the start of the 2013-2014 Season, he has helped this squad reach the postseason where it has enjoyed some success.
Carson Palmer was a quality NFL quarterback almost from the very beginning of his professional career. He owns statistics and awards that prove his worth on the gridiron. Consider if you will that this solid performer is the only quarterback in league history to amass four thousand passing yards or more in a single season for three different teams.
Over the course of his career, to date, the right-hander has thrown 5,128 passes and completed 3,216 of them for a gaudy completion percentage of nearly sixty-three percent. Additionally, and importantly, Palmer has tossed two hundred forty touchdowns while being intercepted just one hundred sixty times.
Carson Palmer led his team to the playoffs in the 2014-2015 Season and appears primed to repeat his stellar performance from a year ago. In the current season, the Arizona Cardinals sport a Won-Loss record of 5-2 which is good enough to put them in first place in their division.
As always, Palmer’s play behind center has had lots to do with his team’s early success. The veteran quarterback has already thrown sixteen touchdowns and only five interceptions. Not surprisingly, he is averaging more than two hundred eighty-seven passing yards per game.
There is no doubt that Carson Palmer is an elite quarterback and the Arizona Cardinals are a better team with him as their signal caller.
Courtesy of Rant Sports