What's Wrong with Carson Palmer's Game, and How Can He Correct It?
Although Palmer doesn’t seem like the issue when you look at the other problems the Raiders have, the quarterback always shares the blame when the offense isn’t producing points. Palmer has plenty of problems with his game, and many of the issues are also correctable.
Palmer looks like his is making better decisions, and that’s a testament to the coaching of offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, but he still has issues with throwing late, locking onto receivers and overthrowing his intended receivers. These issues can contribute to incomplete passes, stalled drives, interceptions and fewer points.
Anticipation is not easy to teach, but the better Palmer sees and understands, the more he will be able to anticipate what will happen before it actually happens. There was a prime example against Miami of Palmer’s hesitation, and combined with a McFadden drop, it cost the Raiders four points.
Throwing late can have all kinds of unintended consequences. Palmer might have to rush a throw, and it might not be accurate, leading to a loss of yards after the catch. The defender can also close ground and break up or intercept the pass. Obviously, hesitation can also lead to sacks.
It’s 1st-and-goal from the 7-yard line. Palmer is going to run play action and roll out to his right. This is a route combination that consists of the tight end running to the corner, the wide receiver dragging across the goal line and Darren McFadden running into the flat.
Palmer will look at this on film and realize he didn’t need to pump fake, the defensive back was plenty deep for him to hit McFadden for the touchdown. Next time, Palmer will read the defensive back and realize getting the ball to McFadden early is a better option than getting it to him late.
Overthrows are a particularly dangerous problem for any quarterback. An overthrow can be intercepted and usually gives the defensive back an opportunity for a big return.
It’s hard to know what the quarterback needs to do to correct the issue. For Palmer, getting more comfortable with his wide receivers could limit his overthrows. Denarius Moore missed most of training camp, the entire preseason and the first game. Derek Hagan was recently signed, and the Raiders have two rookie wide receivers.
Perhaps the only receiver that is experienced and should have chemistry with Palmer is Darrius Heyward-Bey, but Palmer has also overthrown him as well. If it’s a mechanical issue, it can usually be corrected in practice, but that was not the case on his overthrow of Moore in the first quarter.
This throw comes on first down, which means the miss here puts the Raiders in a more difficult position on second and third downs. Luckily of the Raiders, Mike Goodson would turn a short pass into a 64-yard touchdown on the next play.
Locking onto Receivers
Late in the fourth quarter, the Dolphins knew the Raiders were going to pass. The Dolphins also knew that the Raiders were going to try to get the ball to Moore in hopes that he can make a big play.
It’s 2nd-and-15, and Moore is going to run a simple 10-yard dig route.
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