Talk about pressure. At least Kevin Kolb and Ryan Fitzpatrick were playing for their respective teams when the season began. Carson Palmer was sitting on his couch watching. Now he’s the Raiders great hope for 2011 and beyond.
The stakes are higher here than with the two guys I just mentioned. The Raiders didn’t just give Palmer some serious dough, they traded away most of their draft next year and even some of 2013 to get the guy on their team.
If Palmer fails, it will kill the Raiders. If he succeeds, they will go down as a team that executed a scary, risky, brilliant trade to bring a franchise passer to town for the first time since Rich Gannon left for retirement.
So far, there hasn’t been much to look at. He’s played about a half.
We’ll see more this weekend, but perhaps no one is under more stress right now than Palmer, who was vilified for his tantrum about wanting out of Cincinnati.
He now has the only chance he’ll ever get to vindicate himself.