Cardinals coach Bruce Arians still wagering on Carson Palmer

10/25/13 in NFL   |   JamesSmith23   |   1413 respect

Blog Photo - Cardinals coach Bruce Arians still wagering on Carson PalmerEven though the Arizona Cardinals offense is crumbling and many have questioned whether coach Bruce Arians will be reconsidering quarterback Carson Palmer, he said that he would be sticking with his choice and Palmer would be starting his quarterback position.

Going with Palmer is a truly questionable choice. He has been intercepted a whopping 13 times, which ranks as No.2 in NFL right now. He is at No.29 for overall quarterback rating. The team will be getting the next week off and have time to address their quarterback situation. Even then Arians has made the decision to stick with Palmer as his choice.

Arians seems to be so determined to place his chips on Palmer that he will have to give his worst game of career or sustain an injury to make Arians change his mind and resort to Drew Stanton, backup quarterback. Arians has been on Palmers side by every storm and the quarterback knows it.

“That’s who Bruce is. He’s going to fight for his guys. He’s going to fight for his locker room. You show fight for him, and he’ll show it back to you,” Palmer said. “I think that’s who he’s been probably his whole career.”

In case Stanton does come on field, the Cardinals will have to really do something about the gap he has. The last regular NFL season game he had in which he threw a pass was in December 2010.

“That’s just circumstances. But you learn, you adapt, and you have to be ready to go,” Stanton said. “I was fortunate to learn from a couple people (Shaun Hill and Dan Orlovsky) about preparation and what it takes to keep yourself ready.”

He said that even though he had the gap, he still trained to start his position and that would definitely help.

“The bottom line is even though you’re not getting the reps and some of the other stuff during the course of the week, you’re preparing as if you’re the starter.”

Arians has been confident that if the time comes for Stanton to step up, he will do so and there was nothing to worry about. But now, he seems less confident.

“He doesn’t need a lot of reps in the offense,” he said this week. “It’s just a matter of keeping him physically sharp. He’s always going to be mentally sharp and ready to go.”

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