Carson Palmer: Running Quarterbacks "A Fad"

Players like Lamar Jackson are electric, Palmer says, but franchises can't keep putting their quarterbacks in harm's way on a regular basis

Tiki and Tierney
October 08, 2019 - 7:01 pm

To be a quarterback in the NFL, you have to have a strong, accurate arm and be able to win from the pocket – period. Or at least that was the case back in the day.

Now, however, mobility is the name of the game at quarterback. From Lamar Jackson to Deshaun Watson, dual-threat quarterbacks are the wave of the future.

Or are they?

“Well, I think it’s a little bit of a fad,” former Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Palmer said on Tiki & Tierney. “Not quite as much of a fad as the Wildcat was years back, but you’re getting guys in position outside the pocket that puts your franchise in jeopardy. If something happens to Lamar Jackson, that season for Baltimore probably ends up around .500, and you’re seeing him take these hits. You’re seeing Deshaun Watson get absolutely lit up outside the pocket. He’s making great plays with his feet and making first downs and getting in the end zone with his feet, but he’s taking these hits. 

“I still believe that today’s game and tomorrow’s game, it has to be won from inside the pocket,” Palmer continued. “At some point in the game, you’re going to have to stand in the pocket and deliver the ball accurately downfield. And the stuff where you run around for a 12-yard gain on 3rd-and-10, that stuff is great. But that stuff puts your organization in jeopardy.”

Don’t think so? Two words: Cam Newton. 

“He’s your franchise quarterback, and those hits take a toll,” Palmer said. “You look at Roethlisberger and all those hits he’s taken throughout his career. Maybe it’s not directly on his elbow, but maybe all those late hits, maybe that has some some sort of adverse affect on that elbow because he didn’t have the same hip movement of the flexibility to get the ball out. So . . . getting outside the pocket, it’s fun to watch and it’s great for us as fans and it’s electric. 

“But there’s a reason Tom Brady is in the Super Bowl dang near every year going on 20 years,” Palmer continued. “It seems like he gets to the Super Bowl for half of his career, and he’s done that inside the pocket. So I think the young game and the new game, it’s fun and it’s electric and it’s exciting. But at some point, you got to be able to stand in the pocket and take some hits and deliver the ball accurately down the field.”

Click below to listen to Palmer’s interview in its entirety.