Last year you could hear it in Cardinals QB Carson Palmer’s voice especially, a pump-the-brakes feel when he talked about Bruce Arians’ scheme and the team grasping its responsibilities. Perhaps more than any other player in the locker room, Palmer isn’t willing to dress up a situation just to do it. He won’t start harshly criticizing anything, but you can hear the reticence. That concern was gone this offseason. Palmer isn’t declaring the Cardinals an offensive juggernaut. But there is a comfort level in what Arians does and the people he has doing it.
Palmer was the #22 QB through eight weeks, but was #6 from Week 10 to Week 17, after the team’s Week 9 bye. His receiving corps is pretty solid with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who had a breakout season in his second year. While it's good to hear that he's more comfortable in the offense, it’s hard to get too excited about Palmer as anything more than a committee type given the fact that one-quarter of his schedule consists of matchups against the Seahawks and 49ers.