Despite alienating two fan bases and suffering a horrific injury in the final game of last season, Carson Palmer is clearly rejuvenated and ready for another chance with the Arizona Cardinals.
“I love the head coach,” Palmer told Yahoo! Sports as he raved about Bruce Arians. “I mean, I love the head coach. He keeps it real. He already has this team wrapped around his finger. And we have some talented players in this locker room.”
Just five months ago, Palmer was uncertain of his future, lying on the grass at Bank of America Stadium with a punctured lung and broken ribs in the final game of the season.
He had led the Oakland Raiders to an abysmal four-win season, a year filled with injuries and plenty of other setbacks that forced a promising team to take a step back.
Palmer says that the uncertainty of his future kicked in when he was in the hospital, being treated for his injuries.
“I remember laying there and thinking, ‘Yeah, I’m probably not gonna play next week,'” he said. “And then I started thinking, ‘Who knows what’s gonna happen here next year?'”
What ended up happening was yet another career move for the veteran quarterback. Palmer refused a pay cut and was shipped to the Cardinals, and is more than ready for a fresh start.
“Look at this grass,” Palmer said as he gazed at the Cardinals’ training facility. “You could eat off the grass here. It’s a great place to be.”