Rob Housler says Carson Palmer brings “pedigree” to Arizona
However, 2013 is projected to be a year of new beginnings for many in Arizona with the team adding several key pieces to their offense. Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer is one of those new additions on the Arizona Cardinals following a three-year stint split between the Cincinnati Bengals (2010) and Raiders (2011-12) in which he went 13-37 as a starter.
Housler too is looking for a fresh start after the Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback woes over the past two years had an overall negative impact on the team’s performance. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Housler is hoping to benefit from Carson Palmer’s presence under center, and thus play a significantly bigger role in the Arizona Cardinals’ offense this season. Housler believed that Carson Palmer’s superior experience as a starter will also help move the team in the right direction.
"If you aren't on the same page, he won't let it slip for a second,” Housler said while as a guest of Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo on Tuesday. “He'll be in there and he'll be in your ear telling you what he expected.”
“It's not derogatory in any way,” added Houlser, “and I really appreciate it.”
And although Housler dodged a the question, offering nothing more than a few chuckles, odds are that he appreciates that Palmer will be here, so that the team has a legitimate starting quarterback to run the offense this season.
In 2012, the Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks combined to complete 55.4 percent of their passes while throwing for 3,383 yards, 11 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Meanwhile, Palmer had a solid season in Oakland, completing 61.1 percent of his passes for 4,018 yards with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. So, while the 33-year-old Carson Palmer might not be able to keep pace with his younger self, he still poses to be a significantly better option under center than what the Cardinals had last season.
And while Palmer works on self-improvement in Arizona that can only help other players, who already possess good hands and can run, to increase their production.
"I think there's a pedigree to what he brings and you know the name is well known around anybody who follows football," Housler expressed his excitement of playing with Palmer this season. "So for me, even just from a fan perspective being not being in the NFL for most of his career, you see that and you're kind of like, 'Alright, you know, it's Carson Palmer here.'"