Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Palmer’s 18 attempts a rare low number
By Josh Weinfuss
TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer’s 18 pass attempts were his fewest of the season but they were also among the lowest for a signal-caller under Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.
Palmer’s outing Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, in which he went 13-for-18 for 172 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, included the fewest attempts for a quarterback who played a full game under Arians since Pittsburgh’s Charlie Batch in Week 3 of 2010, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Batch had 17 attempts that game.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Tim Couch had 18 attempts twice under Arians, who was the Browns' offensive coordinator, once in Week 6 of 2001 and again in Week 17 of 2003.
Palmer’s previous low of the season was 28 attempts against Carolina in Week 5.
Even in his pass-oriented offense, Arians can accept his quarterback's throwing fewer than 20 passes.
“I’m fine with it if there are touchdowns in there,” Arians said. “When you run it that well, you don’t have to (pass a lot). You normally have 65 plays and I thought we should’ve done better on third down as a group -- not him, personally, but as a group.”