GLENDALE, Ariz. – Throughout his career, Carson Palmer has been teammates with some talented players.
He threw to Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmanzadeh when the two were Pro Bowl receivers in Cincinnati. He had Darren McFadden line up behind him in Oakland. But Palmer said he’s never been part of a team as good as this year’s Arizona Cardinals.
“I think this is by far the most talented team I’ve ever been on, top to bottom,” Palmer said. “You look at us from our returners, our specialists, our offense, our defense -- we’re a very, very talented group. Very fortunate to be as talented as we are.”
The Cardinals return four Pro Bowl selections and two alternates and feature a group of wide receivers that’s among the best in the league with Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Ted Ginn. Add in a backfield featuring Andre Ellington, who led the NFL in yards per carry last season, and a tight end unit that’s 6-foot-5 or taller and Palmer might be on to something.
And that’s without taking into account a defense that was ranked first against the run, features Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie as its starting cornerbacks and Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell on the either edge of the line.
But with all that talent, the question becomes are the Cardinals good enough to get Palmer his first postseason victory?