Carson Palmer talked about his life 24 hours prior to the press conference that was introducing him as the new quarterback for the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, stating that he went to sleep a retired football player, and woke up an NFL quarterback once again.
And just like that, the “Carson Palmer Era” officially began for the Silver and Black. As the 8-year veteran resumes his career, the proverbial question has been asked to death. Did the Raiders give up too much?
If you knew the Raiders, then you would know that the Raiders thrive on over the top gambles, which seems excessively reckless. The bottom line, it’s just the Oakland way. That’s how owner Al Davis, was able to develop the legendary mantra “Just Win Baby!”
This trade just felt like a Davis type of move, which means they’re going for it all right now, rather than later. This is where a game against the Kansas City Chiefs comes into play this weekend, as they look to keep their momentum going in the right direction.
The Raiders have won eight-straight games against their AFC West divisional opponents, including a season sweep of the Chiefs a year ago. They are 1-0 in the AFC West this year, and need to keep up the dominance within the division, going back to last year.
If there was ever a warm-up type of matchup for a six-game retired quarterback, this would be as good as any to get acclimated with your new offense.
The Chiefs have won two straight games, but still have an inconsistent offense, especially with the loss of Jamaal Charles, and inconsistent play from quarterback Matt Cassel.
However, this is not the time for Oakland to underestimate this ball club. They must go out there on Sunday, in the Black Hole, and establish their running game to make sure the control the time of possession. By doing this, you allow Palmer to work his way into your system, while relying on the league’s leading rusher, Darren McFadden (610 rushing yards), to be your work horse.
Defensive linemen, Richard Seymour must lead a consistent and stout effort from the defensive side of the ball. The Chiefs are feeling a little too good about themselves, and its their job to nip that feeling in the bud as quick as possible. Be the bully Hue Jackson loves to talk about.
Oakland must keep Cassel from having one of those pro-bowlesque type of outings come Sunday (you know the kind of performances they typically have allowed from mediocre quarterbacks so far this season). They did it last week against the Cleveland Browns and Colt McCoy, and should be able to do it again. Chiefs’ running backs Thomas Jones, and Dexter McCluster are solid backs, and are capable of having a big game. The Raiders front seven must dominate in the trenches to eliminate their ground game.
The Silver and Black have become relevant once again, and have received heavy media attention in the last three weeks, due to the death of Davis, them winning two games since his death, and now with the signing of Palmer. It was one thing when this team went under the radar, and where at times the underdog, but with a solid foundation laid in a year a half, there are new expectations from Raider Nation and even sports analysts.
With Jackson spear-heading the signing of Palmer, Oakland has seemed to be thrown into the spotlight. Jackson and Palmer have a long history with one another that dates back to high school, when Jackson recruited him while at USC. Jackson is a big advocate of Palmer, and is relying heavily on him to put the Raiders into contention of winning a Super Bowl now, rather than later.
With the journey re-established, how far will the addition of Palmer take Oakland this season? Will they rise to the challenge, or fold under pressure? We’ll see this Sunday, when the “Carson Palmer Era” officially begins for the Raiders.
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Written by Arthur Kai