We have seen numerous quotes and articles about Carson Palmer since he was traded from the Oakland Raiders to the Arizona Cardinals. However, a recent interview with Yahoo!'s Mike Silver revealed just how happy he is to be here in Arizona and how excited he is to work this year.
The interview also revealed just how well head coach Bruce Arians has worked out so far for the team.
"I love the head coach," Palmer said of Arians. "I mean, I love the head coach. He keeps it real. He already has this team wrapped around his finger. And we have some talented players in this locker room."
Arians just gives this impression that everyone loves him. Think about it. Just looking at Ben Roethlisberger, he has worked with three offensive coordinators -- Ken Whisenhunt, Arians and Todd Haley. The only one he had a very good relationship with was Arians. He had good results from all three, but he loved Arians.
But just because the players love him doesn't mean his isn't tough on them.
"He's always honest," Palmer says. "It doesn't matter if it's Larry [Fitzgerald], myself or a seventh-round backup long snapper. He's in everybody's stuff. He's not a coddler And you just can't help but respect him. There's no ego whatsoever. And he's a guy who's got Super Bowl rings."
In fact, in Silver's story, the first thing written was how Arians rebuked Palmer for a bad throw.
The coaching staff he assembled also is evidence of just how well respected Arians is. He got Tom Moore, Tom Pratt and Larry Zierlein to come back into coaching. Many of his assistants and coordinators flocked to the desert to work with him.
Arians certainly has won over most of our active readers and commenters on the site and he makes the media's job easier, at least on the surface.
At the same time, much of the same thing could have been said about Ken Whisenhunt in the beginning. He was known as a players coach. He didn't overdo things in practice. While he was a bit more guarded with the press, he was candid. The only time when you started hearing about issues with players and coaches were once the losing set in. There were moments and hints, but the losing made things difficult for all involved.
In fact, as much as the players love Arians, much of the excitement is just because things are new. With some losses, you would likely see some of the same things that were seen later on with Whiz.
But beyond all that, Arians has everyone excited.
Said Palmer,"When you like the coach and the guys in the locker room, and you know you can still play at a high level, and you feel like you can help take a team to a Super Bowl, and you know you're job's not gonna be as hard as it may have been before - it's just fun. It's been very fun since I've been here. And nobody thinks OTAs are fun."
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