Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said today at his weekly press conference that the Cardinals will look to limit the touches starting quarterback Carson Palmer is receiving as the season progresses.
“Carson isn’t a young quarterback anymore. He’ll turn 34 later this year,” said Arians. “So that’s part of it. Wanting to keep him fresh. But it’s mainly that from looking at film, our offense seems to bog down with the ball going to Carson on every play.”
Arians said he and the coaching staff believe opposing defenses expect the ball to go to Palmer on every snap, “so they just sit back and wait for him to make mistakes. We need to change things up and give them different looks.”
The Cardinals will adapt by adding direct snaps to running backs and to superstar wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in motion. Arians said they will also attempt to keep defenses guessing by occasionally just punting on first down.
Down the road, the Cardinals may even consider giving some of Palmer’s touches to a different quarterback, Arians said.
“I’m not against spreading the ball around,” said Arians. “That’s the sign of any good, dynamic offense. And Drew Stanton and Ryan Lindley provide very different looks on overthrows than Carson does. While they have different arm angles and release points, I’m confident they can provide similar results to what Carson is giving us. We’re lucky to have that kind of depth.”
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