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Carson Palmer Weighs In On Josh Freeman Benching

Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback Carson Palmer spoke to the media Wednesday on if a change at quarterback for the Buccaneers is going to change the Cardinals game plan.

(On the state of the Cardinals offense)

Were getting ready to go out for practice in some rainy conditions, and [weve] got to get better, got to improve. Were always trying to improve, but coming off of a tough loss against a good football team and having another chance to go against another good NFC South football team, we need to get a win. Were hungry for a win, we need one badly and were just trying to improve every day this week and get ready for Sunday.

(On if a change at quarterback for the Buccaneers is going to change the Cardinals game plan)

No, its not. Were not playing against an opposing quarterback. Were playing against a very good defense with high draft picks all over the place and very good football players all over the place. Well continue to watch them and study them. [Were] just trying to improve our own crafts individually and really not worry about whos lined up where on the other side of the ball.

(On the Buccaneers defense)

Its a very good secondary a young corner on one side thats watching one of the best in the game on the other side of the field, learning from him, [and] a young safety thats learning from a veteran safety thats had a lot of success and won a lot of games and made a lot of plays. Its a good mix of experience and youth and speed and tenacity. Those two safeties are coming downhill and trying to hit people and they can run and cover the field on the back end. And youve got [defensive tackle] Gerald McCoy in the middle and a bunch of good pass rushers and a lot of speed at linebacker just a very, very good defense with, like I said, the right mix of young guys and speed and talent and the right mix of experience and guys that have been there and done that.

(On if he was aware of interest from the Buccaneers last offseason)

Yeah, I was. [Im] just happy, thankful, the way everything played out and excited to be here and excited about the opportunities we have this year.

(On the opportunity he had this summer playing in Tampa)

With everything that was going on I was very interested in a lot of different places and teams, and obviously was flattered. My agent had said that Tampa had been contacting him a lot. I would have been very excited to be there. Their organization has a lot of good players across the board, but like I said, Im excited and happy to be where I am. Im excited about our future.

(On playing with wide receiver like Larry Fitzgerald)

Its been great. Obviously we want to see some more production, but its been great. Weve really come together really fast and gotten on the same rhythm and on the same page. When the ball is going to his side of the field, its been completed just about every time it seems like. Weve come a long way, but we still have a lot of growing to do and getting on the same page even more and more, is something you dont ever have completely down, it doesnt matter how many years youve played together with somebody. The passing game can always improve and were still working on that.

(On the Buccaneers pass rush)

Theyve been showing a lot of different things, theyve come from a lot of different areas, from the secondary, from the linebacker position. Theyve used some secondary guys at the linebacker position, but theres a lot of speed at that position. Theyre not overly big but they play physical and they play fast. They show a lot of different looks and a lot of different fronts, its not easy to tell whats coming and when. When you dont know for sure and they dont give away where its coming from, they come so quickly. Theyre so athletic they make it difficult and they have one linebacker with three sacks [Lavonte David] and obviously [defensive tackle] Gerald McCoy is phenomenal player and done a great job for the time hes been there. Its just a good combination of speed [and] athleticism. The pass rush is very quick, they do a lot of stunts, they do a lot of gains, theyre very tenacious upfront.

Source: Tampa Bay Media


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