New Cards QB Carson Palmer: 'This state is hungry for some good football'

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by Catherine Holland

Interview by Scott Pasmore

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 26 at 1:11 PM

PHOENIX -- When the Arizona Cardinals take the field this season, they be following the lead of a new quarterback -- Carson Palmer.

The USC alum and fifth Trojan to win the Heisman Trophy came to Arizona from the Oakland Raiders and says he's truly excited to be here.

"This city, and really this state, is hungry for some good football to played, and that's what we're going to do this year," Palmer, 33, told 3TV's Scott Pasmore. (Click the video above to watch the entire interview.)

In 15 games in 2012, Palmer, who also won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award his senior year at 'SC, threw for 4,018 yards. That made him the second quarterback in Raiders history to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season. He threw for 22 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.

For his career, which started in Cincinnati. Palmer has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 29,465 yards and 189 touchdowns with 132 interceptions.

That kind of arm could be what Arizona needs to get back on track.

"We have a very aggressive passing attack, and that's Coach [Bruce] Arians' style," Palmer told Pasmore. "We have the players to suit that style. We have speed and big, physical targets, and guys who can get down the field. It's a very good combination of putting the right system and the right playbook with the right personnel.

"I think that's one of the things I'm most excited about -- to see the capabilities of this system with the players ... and just the gamut of receivers that we have," he continued.

The Cardinals have struggled with find the right quarterback since Kurt Warner, who led the team to the Super Bowl XLIII in 2009, retired in January 2010.

Palmer is the fourth different starter to open the season.

The team was plagued with quarterback problems last year. There were four different starters during the course of the season. Two of those -- John Skelton and Kevin Kolb --  have since been released.

Arizona kicks off its season against the Rams in St. Louis on Sept. 8. The Cards home opener is the following Sunday. The Red Birds will host the Detroit Lions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

 

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