Attention, fans of post-Y2K college football! Have you seen who’s on the depth chart at quarterback of your 2012 Oakland Raiders?
Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart are teamed up once again -- just like they were in the cardinal and gold for the 2002 USC Trojans. Raiders fans, you are so in luck if Arizona State is on the schedule.
If you predicted 10 years ago this tandem could still pack a one-two punch, we’re guessing you also predicted Pete Carroll could coach a 7-9 NFL team to a playoff victory.
So let's predict the 10 next years for the best quarterbacking combo since Tommy Maddox and Scott Milanovich teamed up to catapult the L.A. Xtreme to the XFL championship:
2013: Taking a page from the New York Jets’ Super Bowl run featuring Mark Sanchez and utilizing Tim Tebow as a change-of-pace pilot, the Raiders design a package where Palmer leads the team between the 20s, and Leinart is substituted in for quick-hit magazine photo shoot pictorials.
2015: Fresh off consecutive appearances in the BCS playoffs, Trojans coach Lane Kiffin is re-hired as the Raiders’ coach despite the protests of the new general manager, animatronic Al Davis.
2016: The newly relocated NFL franchise, the Los Angeles Vikings, looks to gain favor among locals by hiring familiar faces. Pete Carroll is tapped to lead the team, vowing to become the first coach to guide a 5-11 team to the playoffs.
2018: Kiffin releases Palmer and Leinart as a signal for the Raiders’ fresh start in Minnesota.
2019: Palmer and Leinart land jobs as quarterback coaches in the college ranks -- Leinart at Oklahoma, Palmer at Maryland. They soon meet on opposite sidelines at the Pac-24 conference title game.
2020: Palmer and Leinart are reunited as assistants on Carroll’s L.A. staff, as he surrounds himself with former players who still possess their Heisman trophies.
2022: During downtime on the set of a Troy Polamalu hair-replacement therapy commercial, Palmer and Leinart pinky swear to buy a Canadian Football League and move it to the L.A. Coliseum, which has been upgraded to include hot tubs in every luxury suite.