Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Palmer talks pressure and T.O.
By Bill Williamson
New Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer conducted a radio interview with “The Drive with Tierney and Davis on 95.7 The GAME (KGMZ-FM) in the Bay Area.
He admitted he feels a “ton” of pressure to lead the Raiders on a long run. The Raiders gave Cincinnati two premium picks for Palmer last week. Palmer also said he doesn’t see former Bengals’ teammate Terrell Owens being a fit with the Raiders because of their young talent at the position.
Here is some of what Palmer had to say:
How much pressure are you feeling to take this team deep into the playoffs?
“A ton, a ton, and I love every bit of it. I’ve been playing quarterback for as long as I can remember. If it wasn’t that type of pressure it was pressure of being the No. 1 pick and having heavy expectations for being a franchise quarterback, and I enjoy that part of the game, and I think that’s why I got put at quarterback at a young age. You either like it or you don’t. It’s not something that you can get better at or work on so I enjoy that part of it, I enjoy that challenge. I really look forward to the opportunity to prove to the naysayers wrong and to prove to Hue right. “
Would you be willing to play with Terrell Owens again?
“T.O. and I had a great working relationship. He had one of his most successful years over the past five or six years, a lot of production and he was a great teammate in Cincinnati. The problem is that for him to get here there’s not anybody that we could let go. We have a stable of young horses that can run and guys that can just move. Very young, very inexperienced but tons of potential and it’s tough to give up a young guy with a lot of potential for a guy that’s got a lot of history in the league that’s in his late 30’s so I can’t see him coming here, but I had a good time playing with him and he’s an explosive player himself.”
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