FB Reece, TE Boss, LB Wimbley, Kurt Warner weigh in on Palmer trade


Here is some early reaction to the Raiders trade of quarterback Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals, courtesy of NFL Network. Raiders fullback Marcel Reece, tight end Kevin Boss, defensive end Kamerion Wimbley, as well as former Rams/Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner share their thoughts on the bold move.

On what he thinks of quarterback Carson Palmer:

“We’re just so excited. You know of Carson and you’ve seen the success that he’s had in the past, and just ready for him to bring some of that along with him when he steps on the field for us.”

On how quickly he thinks Carson Palmer can step in and play:

“When you think about a guy like Carson, you look at his relationship with coach [Hue] Jackson and the systems he’s been in. Carson is a veteran guy, he’s a very, very intelligent quarterback. And I think coming from a player as well, I expect him to be on the field as soon as possible. You know he’s been working out; he looked great and he can always step on the field and sling that thing. We’re excited for him to get out on the field and we’re pretty sure he’s going to step on and make an impact right away.”

On if he saw Carson Palmer today in the building:

“I did see him today in the building. I just left the building and saw him, and spoke with him for a quick second. He’s in good spirits, we’re all excited and ready for him to get out there and make plays.”

On his conversation with Carson Palmer:

“He was smiling all throughout the building, just like everyone else is. For us, we feel like we’ve brought in a great addition onto this team. Coach Jackson has a tremendous amount of respect and confidence in Carson, and we have all of the confidence in the world that coach Jackson is going to do the best thing for this team, and we feel that he has. We’re all excited about it.”

On if he thinks Carson Palmer is playing this week:

“I think you guys are going to have to stay tuned and wait until Sunday and see who steps on the field. But like I said, Carson is a smart guy; he catches on really quick and us as playmakers just want to get out there and make his job as easy as possible. As players, we don’t expect anyone to come in here and play Superman and save our team because that’s not what we needed. We feel like we have somebody to come in and help us make the plays that we’re going to make.”

On if he saw Carson Palmer in the facility:

“I saw Carson briefly today in the facility. I was in there just for a little bit. I haven’t had the chance to talk to him yet but we’re excited to have him. It’s never fun to lose your starting quarterback and Jason [Campbell] has been playing really well and he’s been doing a great job leading this offense. But anytime you can pick up a great quarterback like Carson Palmer, a proven quarterback in this league for a number of years now, it’s a good day for our franchise.”

On how long it will take for Carson Palmer to develop a chemistry with the offense:

“It’ll take a little bit of time but I think with the weapons we have offensively – running backs, receivers – I’m hoping that we don’t really skip a beat. Like I said, Carson has been doing this for awhile; a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback so we’re just excited to have him.”


On his conversation with new quarterback Carson Palmer today:

“I just walked up to him and welcomed him out here. We just kept it kind of light and we talked about some of the players that we had played with. … I was just telling him welcome back out here because I know he was out here when he was in college and everything. We just kind of kept it light and I told him we were happy to have him out here, and were looking forward to getting started with him.”

On what head coach Hue Jackson is building in Oakland:

“They’ve been putting together all of the pieces that we need to contend for a Super Bowl. That’s our goal; to come here and win, and I think we’re serious about that. Adding Carson [Palmer] to the arsenal I think definitely helps to show that we’re serious about trying to get to the Super Bowl.”

On his initial thoughts when he heard about the trade:

“I think initially I was a little surprised. I didn’t think Carson would be playing football this year, but obviously with the injury to Jason Campbell. I like the move. I like the move on both sides. I think Cincinnati has their guy for the future, they’re excited about that; they were able to get some great picks that will help them continue to build that franchise. And I like the move for the Raiders. If you can get that Carson Palmer that we’ve seen in the past – the guy that has the big arm that can make the throws down the field, that can manage the game – you couple that with the defense and especially that running game, I think this might make the Raiders a better football team if we get that Carson Palmer. So I think this was a great move for both sides. I think both sides ultimately will benefit from this.”

On the Raiders trading two potential first round picks for Carson Palmer:

“That is definitely a lot to pay. But as you were just talking about, this is an organization that feels like they’re close. They feel like they can make some noise this year. They’ve got a young football team that can build for the future, and if you can get a guy like Carson Palmer, a guy that’s been a top 10 quarterback in this league for quite awhile, that helps this football team and that changes the complexion of how people have looked at them. Up to this point, it was they have a great running game, solid defense but I’m not sure they can make some noise against the big boys. You get Carson Palmer and you get him back to form, definitely you start to look at this team and there are two sides to the coin on offense. They can bring a lot to the table. It is a lot to give up there is no question, especially with the questions on will we get the Carson we’ve come to know, but if that does pan out I think this makes this team a definite contender.”

On the adjustment Carson Palmer will have to make:

“I think it can definitely be difficult. I don’t think very many people have been through this; I know I haven’t been through a situation like this so I can’t speak from expertise. But the fact of going out on a field and running, or going out on a field and throwing routes to air is completely different than the speed of the NFL. But I do have some experience. I was playing with the Cardinals a number of years back and the quarterback for the Carolina Panthers went down, and they brought in Vinny Testaverde in the middle of the week. He started against us on Sunday and actually led them to a victory. I know Carson is in shape, I know he’s ready to go. I think they can facilitate an offense if they want to put him out this next week where they don’t ask him to do too much – they depend a lot on that running game – but I think it can work. If they decide to sit him for a week and then use the bye week, I definitely think he can be up to speed and ready to go a couple of weeks from now.”

On how far he sees the Raiders going this season:

“I definitely thought this team up to this point was a team that could get into the playoffs. I didn’t necessarily think that they were a contender, a lot because as much as I like Jason Campbell I didn’t think that he was a guy that could carry them if they’re running game didn’t work out. But I look at Carson Palmer, and again there are a lot of questions here, but if he gets back to form and he can be that guy that can win games for you, I think that changes the complexion on how people look at the Raiders. I think then with their young talent at wide receiver and the speed they have there with the great running game they have, they become a team that is a little more scary than they were just a couple of weeks ago.”

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  • Thec07


  • Charged Up! Says:
    October 18th, 2011 at 3:46 pm
    RaiderDebo Says:
    October 18th, 2011 at 3:28 pm
    One thing Carson can never complain about in Cincy is the supporting cast he had. Not quite sure why he wanted out so bad.
    Two names: Mike Brown and Ocho Cinco

    I’m out bros. Got a gig and a post show foursome waiting for me. I met these girls at my last show:


    I got to know them real well, if you know what I mean!

  • Born with a Patch

    Charged Up = Beech?

  • J Hill

    461.J Hill Says:
    October 18th, 2011 at 3:48 pm
    I’m kinda on the fence with starting Palmer this week.

    Ideally, I’d say sit him and start him coming outta the bye week.

    On the other hand, with him being here already, knowing a fair amount of the playbook, being in shape and all ….

    Why not throw his arsse out there this weekend to get his feet wet. That would give him 2 “tune up” games before our big game against SD.

  • morilla

    If you were in Cinci for that long with that org you would want to quit to. You think Oakland has a bad front office? The Bengals org is a joke an so is the owner. Plus it’s Cincinnati, enough said. He already lives here in San Diego in Del Mar and is a West Coast guy. He wanted out and wanted to be back home.

  • Guy

    Did he pass his physical yet?

  • Thec07

    Coach Jackson has a tremendous amount of respect and confidence in Carson, and we have all of the confidence in the world that coach Jackson is going to do the best thing for this team, and we feel that he has. We’re all excited about it.”



  • J Hill

    I think then with their young talent at wide receiver and the speed they have there with the great running game they have, they become a team that is a little more scary than they were just a couple of weeks ago.”



  • Thec07

    fck u chrdeg down

  • Thec07

    Guy Says:
    October 18th, 2011 at 3:50 pm
    Did he pass his physical yet?


    He had to do that to make it official.

  • RaiderLen

    Why not throw his arsse out there this weekend to get his feet wet. That would give him 2 “tune up” games before our big game against SD.

    Game speed reps have WAY more value.

    If the Chefs can be beat by a “game manager” why can’t Palmer do that.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    wow. who the hell is pulling the trigger? 2 first rounders?

  • It would be interesting if the Raiders met the Bengals in the playoffs and a Benglas loss meant they got a #1 pick.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Sit Palmer this week! can you imagine have him injured 5 days after you gave up at least one first rounde pick?

    Boller was doing fine.

  • inonewordraider

    If you aint with us your against us. Sell that stadium out!

  • Thec07

    They’ve been putting together all of the pieces that we need to contend for a Super Bowl. That’s our goal;


    For you guys that say oh maybe in three or 7 8 years we can get it done…F that Coach JACKSON is saying we need to get it done now….

    COACH JACKSON <—-Putting it down HARD for the NATION…

  • RaiderRetribution

    Raiders’ players are behind the trade, therefore so am I.

    I still think it was too much though, we should have at least gotten a 3rd or 4th along with Mr. Palmer in return.

  • Guy

    idk how i feel about this trade, he needs to be an all pro for atleast 3 years to justify it.

  • No Mas Diamante

    This move is about who gives a crap about draft picks. We will trade for picks and teams will be willing to pay after the success we are going to have this year. Do you think the raider players care more about draft picks or having a guy that can take them to the next level?

  • RaiderRetribution


    That would be awesome, baby!

  • No Mas Diamante

    *about now*

  • mcskinnnylegs

    how funny would it be if he failed his physical and all this for nothing lol

  • mcskinnnylegs

    press conf

  • RaiderRetribution

    One advantage to this, barring retirement and injuries, this will be the same team next season as well.

    2nd advantage, this gives the Raiders time to train Mr. Pryor into a premier NFL QB for the future, no reason to rush him into anything now.

  • crister

    Wow, talk about Jason who? Cut throat man…

  • Carson Palmer won’t be making ‘Soup type errors; securing the ball, pocket awareness, relative slow process speed (pre-snap, while play is on),etc.

    However, Palmer will force the ball like he was pre 2005. And, as I read earlier, it seems his elbow has been more of a concern from jump street.

    T.J. Houschmanzedah, who has been working out with Carson gives glowing reviews. He indicates Palmer has been throwing with both velocity & pace on all his throws; he indicates Palmer is almost back to the good old days.

    The thing about a quarterback is given the proper circumstances they can play until, oh, say, 38, 39,. . .especially if you indigenously reside in that state. . .

    Now, I don’t think Palmer can display the escapibility he possessed b4 his knee injury, but he is hardly a statue.

    The running game should benefit exponentially. Far less 8 or 9 men in the box. Time to really go off. Potentially. Kevin Boss/TE position in general will benefit greatly as well. DHB? Potentially. . .

    Hue called this the best trade in the history of football. Wow. Presser in progress!

  • Do Carson & Shane have some negotioating to do?

  • GalacticGus

    Tom Cable would have never been able to pull this trade off. In fact, we may even be 3-3 or 2-4 if Cable was still the coach. I think Cable was not such a bad coach for this transtional period in the Jackson era. Now the Nation means business!

  • One thing for sure; Carson Palmer will be a striking figure in silver & black, resplendant in every way.

    But “The Trade” is only justified if the Raiders become perennial final four participants. On paper who has a better shot than the Raiders.

    Man; if Al had passed b4 free agent money was doled out. . .Nnamdi here, the addition of Carson Palmer. . .dream team left coast. . .

  • ArtilleryShell

    Sigh, its all about the elbow and the velocity. I keep looking at highlights to gauge his velocity. The other thing is that he throws a vary catchable ball. He should not start against KC. Pryor is going to be a surprise if Cam Newton can be. He needs coaching, and his career will hinge on his accuracy.

  • Seymour Bush

    BabySlash Says:
    October 18th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Before you haters write Jason off…let’s make sure Palmer is better. He hasn’t done ANYTHING in a long time…..coming off an injury and is not mobile at all.

    Dude, Palmer is not coming off an injury. And Brady is not mobile and neither is Peyton. Let the partying begin!!!!!!

  • shawmby22

    Interesting trade…definitly overpaid for Palmer BUT Before you go out and buy SB tix Please remember that our defense in horrible

  • shawmby22

    that’s IS horrible

  • RaiderSam

    Shawmby22 Says:
    October 18th, 2011 at 5:09 pm
    Interesting trade…definitly overpaid for Palmer BUT Before you go out and buy SB tix Please remember that our defense in horrible
    So horrible they stopped Arian Foster
    and held the Browns to 3.1 ypc

    not that horrible…pass defense, may be an issue, though.

  • sirblitzalot

    I like the “We’re building us a bully” that coach Jackson preaches. We are going to have to beat the Ravens to get to the big dance. The last time we played them in the playoffs, we let them bully us around but by the time we meet them we must be a bigger bully than they are. I would love to beat the crap out of the other Harbaugh across the bay, but the will NOT make it to the SB! Not with Alex at the helm!

  • sirblitzalot

    Pass defense is improving. Coach Jackson is doing a excellent job. Provoking these guys to work hard for the cause. We are not there yet but I see improvement in our coverage, tackling and play making. (See end of Cleveland game.)

    we are gonna BE ALRIGHT!

  • sirblitzalot

    I now officially Hate Jim Harbaugh. He is an distal end of the alimentary canal, and he is “building a fart” in S.F.!

  • Mickey Rat

    Everyone keeps saying we paid too much. The jury is still out on that one. It just depends on what happens next. If Palmer gets us deep into the post season or better yet, into the SB than we got away cheap. If he doesn’t pan out and the extra draft picks make Cincy an AFC powerhouse, than we grossly overpaid. We will know for sure in about 2 years. It is similar to when Al traded Gruden to Tampa for 2 first rounders. Gruden came back to haunt us by beating us in the SB but we got Nnamdi as one of those first rounders. He was a great player but we ended up losing 11+ games each of the next 7 seasons. If we knew then what we know now, all the first round picks in the world were not worth seeing Chucky hoist that Lombardi trophy for Tampa instead of the Silver & Black.

  • Snoopy

    Kurt Warner… LUV THAT GUY

    But if we get the old Carson Palmer we’re NOT little more scary….


  • Snoopy

    we are, the ONLY Nation

    We ARE,

    THE RAIDER NATION!!!!!!!!!

  • 4th Lombardi

    Campbell vs Palmer

    First of all let me say I was very pleased with the improvement in the 2 seasons JC was here. He did everything he was asked to do and was physically and mentally capable of doing. I don’t think that Jason was going to be able to “fix” the shortcomings left in his game tho.

    Jason was fine when the first read was there and on those throws he got the ball out fairly well, even tho his release is not ideal for speed even when he made a quick decision. When forced into multiple reads Jason would hesitate even more to throw and this led to scrambling and running many times.

    Jason is very athletic and did many good things with his feet but a QB’s job is to read the defense and find the mismatch quickly and get the ball out on time. It is not easy and it takes both a quick mind and reflexes and the physical skill to do it.

    Guys like Brady, Brees, Rodgers (the best), Manning, maybe Rivers have the ability and the mental makeup to make those decisions and do the QB’s primary job which is to throw on passing downs.

    I personally think that JC would NOT have been retained next year or at the very least a couple of vets would’ve been brought in to push him if these shortcomings lingered.

    A good running game and oline will hide a lot of QB sins, but when the pressure is on and the quality of opponent goes up, that all goes away. The QB is stripped down to his ability to move the chains based on his quick “read and react” ability.

    The “careful QB” becomes one who is just not willing to pull that trigger due to some lack of confidence or fear of failure, so they extend plays looking for something they are more comfortable with.

    The “true field generals” have total confidence in their arms and such a command of the offense that there is no fear. They read and react pulling the trigger with no hesitation. No guarantee that JC wouldn’t have gotten better, but 8 years in the stripes are hard to hide.

    Carson Palmer was a #1 overall pick because he is the protypical drop back passer. He is above all a “passing QB” when he runs it will truly be out of necessity, not because he lacks the killer instinct to pull that trigger.

    Already people are talking about the “ball coming out quickly” so I have no doubt he will be behind center on Sunday. Carson Palmers release will be faster than JC’s even tho he doesn’t have the offense completely down. He will read and react and he may make some mistakes but I contend that his mental ability and physical skill will be enough to overcome this even on a short week. Once he gets comfortable which could easily be as soon as the Denver game, he will become lethal.

    I have contended and still do that our offense has more talent across the board than ANY in the NFL. So how do the Brady’s and Rodgers’ out there keep scorching the scoreboard with less talent? They get the ball to the playmakers quickly and in a position to do the most damage.

    This is the kind of QB Palmer is, it won’t take long to see it. He will make all of our talent come to fruition, and I’m sure that Hue is privately drooling over the possibilities. In the end I believe that HJ will be rewarded for this chance he took and those picks will seem miniscule compared to what Palmer will accomplish with this team the next 4 years.

    Obviously time will tell.

    Palmer #3 number 1 selling jersey in NFL this year WATCH!