Palmer has been in the league for 10 years. I know, I did a double-take when I saw that in his player profile too. The first two of those years was spent riding the bench. Half of the 2011 season was spent at home playing checkers and eating Cheez-Its.
His first game action came in the third quarter of a game in which Kyle Boller threw three picks through the first possession in the second half of a blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at home. By the way, Boller in that game proved he has less game than any of those dudes from the VH1 television show “The Pickup Artist.” What a pathetic show.
The rest of the season, Palmer played formidably, ending the year with a 80.5 Quarterback Rating. Respectable, all things considered.
Now, with an entire offseason to prepare—to master Dennis Allen’s playbook and mesh with his skill players—there is no reason why Palmer cannot regain the form he had in 2006 & 2007, when he won the Pro Bowl MVP and set Cincinnati Bengals franchise records in completions (376) and yardage (4,131).
In fact, there are plenty of reasons he will.