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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
More on Palmer as a potential Titan

By Paul Kuharsky

A bit more on Carson Palmer, who I pushed as the Titans' best veteran option at quarterback earlier in the week.

I presumed he’d improve if he got away from Pittsburgh and Baltimore, regularly two of the toughest defenses in the NFL who account for a quarter of Palmer’s schedule while playing with the Bengals.

Colin Cowherd hit on a similar theme during The Herd yesterday, suggesting how much better Palmer would fare if he could get to the weak NFC West.

But Mark Simon of ESPN Stats & Information was kind enough to run the numbers for me. Take out Palmer’s games against the Steelers and Ravens and his numbers are not much different at all.

His career passer rating, which factors in completion percentage, touchdowns and interceptions, is 86.9. Without Pittsburgh and Baltimore and it slides up to 89.1.

That’s a significant dent to that theory.

One other element here: I’m hardly married to AccuScore, but we do look weekly at the preview numbers it provides on probabilities of our games.

AccuScore reran the 2010 season with Palmer as the quarterback of five quarterback-needy teams versus the primary quarterback who played for those teams.