Carson Palmer is thrilled with being an Cardinal and with his new coaching staff, Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports reports.
“I love the head coach,” Palmer said of Arians, a longtime offensive assistant who stunningly earned coach of the year honors after an impressive fill-in stint for the ailing Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis last season. “I mean, I love the head coach. He keeps it real. He already has this team wrapped around his finger. And we have some talented players in this locker room.”
“He’s always honest,” Palmer says. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Larry [Fitzgerald], myself or a seventh-round backup long snapper. He’s in everybody’s stuff. He’s not a coddler And you just can’t help but respect him. There’s no ego whatsoever. And he’s a guy who’s got Super Bowl rings.”
“Just playing against him for all those years, I knew he was tough,” Arians says. “The injury was unfortunate – I don’t know if we’d have beat him had he played that whole game, and we went on to win the Super Bowl. He’s as pretty a deep-ball thrower as I’ve ever seen, and he has a way of making a rapport with his receivers.
“[The last two years] he handled a situation very similar to the one I had [last year] in Indianapolis, with injuries and death and all the crazy things that happened in Oakland. When he became available, I thought he was the perfect fit for us.”