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Palmer can relate to Rivers sucking

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Blue Bolt, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

    Oct 28, 2009
    Palmer can relate to Rivers' ongoing struggles

    As an NFL quarterback who's being hammered with a different sort of criticism -- and throwing lots of interceptions -- Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer's got some simpatico for Chargers counterpart Philip Rivers as the two prepare to square off in an AFC West showdown on Thursday Night Football.

    "When you watch another quarterback go through what he went through a couple weeks ago, your heart goes out to him," said Palmer, referring to the fumbled snap from center that basically cost the Chargers a win in a Monday night game at Kansas City. "Those things are just freak accidents. You don't know why they happened, what's behind it. Any quarterback could be in his shoes. That could happen to any of us.

    "But, regardless of statistics, if you've got a chance to be in first place in your division, that's all you can ask for. Of course, you want to be perfect, but that very, very rarely happens. And he's put his team in position to be in first place."

    Rivers has thrown 14 interceptions in eight games -- one more than he had in all of last season -- while Palmer's already thrown six in the same number of quarters as the Raiders' late-arriving quarterback. Then again, three weeks ago, Palmer was living in Del Mar and throwing the ball with almost anybody who'd play catch at various San Diego County high-school fields and community parks.

    In fact, his decision to not play for the Cincinnati Bengals this season allowed him to watch all the Chargers games. At the same time, Palmer saw and heard all the media heat coming down on him, the commentators who said Palmer had "quit" on his team to force a trade.

    "No, I knew," said Palmer, asked on a conference call from Oakland on Tuesday morning if he was surprised to become such a target of criticism. "I knew what I was getting into."
  2. JohnnyX

    JohnnyX ☆☆☆☆☆

    Oct 7, 2010
    Nice article. Palmer's starting to become one of the few Raider players I like. Hopefully both have a good game with the chargers winning though.
  3. Moses

    Moses Can You Stand The Rain?

    Mar 11, 2009
    Only difference is that Rivers can bounce back, while Palmer is gonna suck for the rest of his career.

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