Can Carson Palmer stay healthy?
The Arizona Cardinals should have been one of the NFL’s better teams in 2016, only to fall to a disappointing 7-8-1 record in the NFC West.
Last season left many Cardinals fans wondering, “what happened?” as a slew of questions began to surround an aging core group.
Chief among these questions is quarterback Carson Palmer’s health. Palmer will turn 38 years old at the end of this season, and he’s coming off a year in which the Cardinals allowed 25 sacks.
That’s not a bad number, in of itself, but any one of those QB hits could wind up being the one forcing head coach Bruce Arians to turn to his backup quarterbacks.
Those guys, for the record, are Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert — not exactly the caliber of signal-callers a playoff-hopeful team would want for any extended period of time.
Arizona failed to land a promising franchise-type quarterback for the future in the NFL Draft this offseason. So it’s easy to see why the Cardinals’ prospects for getting back on track rely almost solely on Palmer’s ability to stay on the field.