No one can confuse Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians as a “glass half-empty” kind of guy, at least after what he said at Carson Palmer‘s introductory press conference on Tuesday, as he claimed his team now has the NFL’s best group of quarterbacks.
“I think our quarterback room is as strong as any in the National Football League,” Arians said.
FYI, three backup QBs currently sit on the roster behind Palmer: Ryan Lindley, Drew Stanton and Brian Hoyer.
Palmer, 33, completed 345 of 565 passes (61.1 percent) for 4,018 yards with 22 TDs to 14 INTs in 2012. The former 2003 first round selection (No. 1 overall) out of USC was just acquired by Arizona for a seventh-round pick in trade with the Oakland Raiders.
The Cardinals’ new head coach took things a step further, adding not only that their talent is strong at the skill positions and will continue to improve in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft, but also that the team’s offensive line is better than most people think.
“We’re only a guy or two away now,” Arians said. “We’re very, very close now.”
Palmer agreed with his assessment, adding that Arizona appealed to him because it’s a place where he can win. ”They want to win now,” Palmer said. “And at the point I’m in, in my career, I want to win now, too.”
Maybe they know a ton of things we don’t. Maybe they’re trying to instill confidence within the organization and fanbase. But there are three other teams in the NFC West and right now they look to be in a lot better shape than Arizona.
It’s worth noting that while we have plans of posting some satire content akin to The Onion (sports section) in the future and we just wrapped up the month of March, this is not an April Fool’s joke. Arians and Palmer actually said these things, per Pro FootballTalk.com.
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