Oh, what a couple of years can do for perception. Just a couple of seasons ago, Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback Carson Palmer was washed up. Now he is one of the best.
In a recent ranking of the top three accurate passers in the NFL by former NFL quarterback David Carr, Palmer is on that list.
He is ranked third, behind only two guys who will have bronze busts in Canton after their careers are over -- Drew Brees and Tom Brady.
Carr says Palmer "has been this way forever," speaking of his accuracy. "If you're going to build a quarterback, a prototypical dropback quarterback Carson Palmer's your guy."
He says Palmer has a "laser rocket arm," but that he is also "a tremendously accurate quarterback, especially down the field."
This is where Palmer sets himself apart from other guys in the league.
"That's what I love so much about it," Carr continues. "These aren't your short, dink-and-dunk throws. It's pushing the ball down the field."
That is the signature of the offense he plays in. Head coach Bruce Arians loves throwing the ball down the field. He has a quarterback who can succeed at it.
Palmer set team records for passing yards, touchdown passes and interception percentage. Yet it was years since he was considered one of the league's best.
He probably will not be a Hall of Famer like Tom Brady and Drew Brees will be, but Cardinals fans can probably live with Palmer playing at the level he has been.