Flush the Pocket: Palmer to face Carroll

October, 16, 2013
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- On one side of University of Phoenix Stadium will be the mentor, the coach who made Carson Palmer into a Heisman Trophy winner and then the top pick in the 2003 NFL draft.

On the other side will be the mentee, the quarterback whose career hasn’t reflected his college success under Pete Carroll at Southern California, taking him to three teams in the past four seasons.

Thursday will be the first time Palmer, the Cardinals quarterback, will face his college coach, Carroll, the Seattle Seahawks coach, but the quarterback isn’t concerned with who’s on the sideline.

“I don’t really think of it as a battle between he and I,” Palmer said. “I’m looking at them defensively. Just knowing he’s a great coach and knowing he’s a great motivator, he’ll have his guys ready to go.”

On Tuesday, when Carroll spoke to the Arizona media, it was hard for him to not play the fatherly figure role of a former coach. Carroll talked about Palmer’s past issues playing in Cincinnati and Oakland.

“I think this is an obvious switch for him that’s extraordinary,” Carroll said. “He has terrific players around him. He has a good coach who knows how to handle him and a neat franchise that is looking for big things.

“I think it’s a great time for him. I’m excited about playing against him and preparing for him. I love watching him play. I’ve always watched him throughout the years and now I get a chance to go against him. It’s going to be a fun competition.”

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Josh Weinfuss

ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter

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